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The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has struggled to get back to his best since suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during a Europa League victory over Anderlecht last April.

Asked if he had come to Newcastle to prove himself all over again, Slimani said: "Yes, that's true, I hope I can show what I'm capable of". "So he has been two days with the group and is improving".

United earned a 4-1 win at Old Trafford and another defeat at the hands of the Red Devils could see Newcastle slip into the bottom three sides in the Premier League table, and Dyer is anxious for his old side.

However, Newcastle don't enter the clash on the best of form, having not won on Tyneside since October, and the Magpies are hovering just a single point above the relegation zone- with Manchester United expected to secure an easy win.

Making up that ground in 12 matches is a near-impossible task but full-back Antonio Valencia has made it clear that United must keep up the fight, even if only to delay the inevitable.

Manchester United are in pole-position to land unsettled Monaco midfielder Fabinho, according to Brazilian sports journal Lance.

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He said: "We are fine".

The Spaniard's tactics against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, when they visited St James' Park in December, were roundly criticised by television pundits as excessively negative, although they eventually lost 1-0 and almost snatched a draw.

"Can he be the way I want my players to be during games and training week?"

Apart from newcomers Huddersfield where United lost this season, it is the only stadium he has never tasted a league victory.

Islam Slimani is set to make his Newcastle debut on loan from Leicester after the Algeria forward recovered from a thigh problem. "Our idea is to win every game, home or away, and we have to learn to do that quickly". "I think the natural effect of it is he will have a new contract, and he will be a Manchester United player many years long".