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‘Could cause Havoc’ – Newcastle fans urge Benitez to start £19.8m-rated star on Sunday

The Toon Army are feeling nervous in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their huge fixture with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

Rafa Benitez will be desperately hoping to secure Newcastle’s first home victory over Manchester United since 2012 when he welcomes Jose Mourinho’s side to St James’ Park on Sunday. Newcastle were relegated from the top-flight during the season when they last defeated United, despite the fact they crushed The Red Devils by 3 goals to nil courtesy of strikes from Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and an own goal from Phil Jones.

If Newcastle do indeed record a huge victory in their battle for Premier League survival, they will be hoping that the three points will enable them to retain their top-flight status this time round.

Ahead of their weekend fixture, Newcastle’s regional newspaper The Chronicle confirmed that The Magpies deadline day signing Islam Slimani (valued at £19.8 million by Transfermarkt) has returned to full fitness and is ready to start against United this weekend.

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According to the report, Slimani has shaken off the minor thigh injury he had prior to moving to Tyneside in January, and the supporters are hoping that Benitez will hand the Algerian striker his full debut for the club when they face United.

Newcastle’s league position looks incredibly precarious within the incredibly condensed lower half of the table, but Slimani’s impact could completely change the course of their season in the coming weeks – starting this weekend at St James’ Park.

Here’s what the supporters on Twitter have had to say about Slimani’s potential involvement this weekend…

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