Steve Bruce refuses to point finger at players in Newcastle United hammering – the story of the day from the Etihad

The fixtures keep on coming thick and fast for Steve Bruce and Newcastle United – who head to Manchester City this evening.

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 8:23 pm

While the pair met last month in the FA Cup, Bruce will be hoping his side can spring a shock and deliver a far more positive result this time around.

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And we’ll be bringing you all the build-up, action, analysis and reaction from the Etihad Stadium throughout the evening. Simply scroll down for the latest from our team of writers:

Newcastle United head to Manchester City this evening

Manchester City v Newcastle United LIVE: Early team news ahead of Etihad Stadium clash

Last updated: Wednesday, 08 July, 2020, 17:05

Manchester City 5 (Jesus 10, Mahrez 21, Fernandez OG 60, Silva 65, Sterling 90) Newcastle United 0

  • NUFC XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Krafth (Atsu 84), Fernandez, Schar, Rose; Shelvey (M. Longstaff 65), Bentaleb; Lazaro (Manquillo 65), Ritchie (Muto 84); Joelinton (Gayle 65).
  • MCFC XI: Ederson; Cancelo (Walker 46), Stones, Otamendi, Zinchecko; Rodri (Gundogan 46), De Bruyne, Silva; Mahrez (Doyle 74), Foden (Bernardo 63), Jesus (Sterling 63).

We’re up bright and early, ready to bring you all the build-up to this evening’s clash with Manchester City.

Stick with us for the latest team news, takeover talk and much more as the day progresses…

The latest injury news...

Steve Bruce is ready to make changes to his Newcastle United starting XI against Manchester City – after the Premier League restart finally caught up with his squad.

Bruce’s squad played five games in a 15-day period after the Premier League’s resumption following a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

And United’s head coach has admitted that Allan Saint-Maximin – who has started every game since the restart – is “struggling” along with Miguel Almiron, the club’s leading goalscorer. 

Jamaal Lascelles (ankle) and Andy Carroll (groin) are also doubtful for this evening's game at the Etihad Stadium

Away from the game, contract talks are still continuing...

Pep Guardiola says Steve Bruce has done an ‘incredible job’ at Newcastle

He landed there to see the last friendly game, and there were a lot of rumours, but he’s done incredibly well in the Premier League. He has already avoided relegation. Last season they struggled most of the season until the end. Steve Bruce has done an incredible job.

Pep Guardiola

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TEAM NEWS - expected at 5pm

Steve Bruce is set to ring the changes at the Etihad with United’s THREE loan players all set to start.

Valentino Lazaro has been frustrated by his lack of game time at Newcastle since making the loan switch from Inter Milan in January, while fitness has held back Danny Rose and particularly Nabil Bentaleb.

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