Manchester United flight to Newcastle cancelled

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Julius Jumah
Julius Jumah
A multimedia journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Manchester United have had their flight to Newcastle cancelled ahead of their Premier League match against the Magpies at St. James’ Park, scheduled to kick off at 11 PM East African time.

The Red Devils’ 2 PM (EAT) flight was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions and technical issues, compelling the club to undertake a road journey to honour the fixture.

This entails a demanding three-hour drive covering the 106-mile distance, resulting in United arriving just hours before the match.

Manchester United flight to Newcastle cancelled
Manchester United have been forced to travel to Newcastle by bus, a distance of 106 miles. [Photo/UtdPlug/X].

The journey is expected to last three hours, assuming there are no additional disruptions from traffic or bad weather. The Met Office predicts freezing temperatures in Newcastle tonight, possibly dropping to -1 Celsius.

Erik ten Hag and Rasmus Hojlund seemed to feel the cold as they got on the coach for their journey north. United aims to recover from a disappointing 3-3 draw with Galatasaray mid-week, putting them on the verge of Champions League elimination.

United are currently the most in-form team in the Premier League, having won all three of their November matches and the match at St. James Park is a massive test to their recent resurgence.

Manchester United flight to Newcastle cancelled
Manchester United players celebrate their late goal in a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Fulham on Saturday, November 4, 2023. [Photo/The Independent].

The 20-time English champions have secured four wins and suffered one defeat in the last five games. They have won the last three without conceding a goal.

Erik ten Hag: The manager with highest win percentage in Man United history

He may be experiencing ups and downs at Manchester United, but Erik ten Hag is undeniably in a class of his own among all permanent managers who have led the Premier League club.

Ten Hag holds the record for the highest win percentage of any permanent manager in the club’s history, boasting an impressive 63% win rate.

Manchester United flight to Newcastle cancelled
Erik ten Hag (R) with legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Ten Hag has a better win rate than the latter. [Photo/Premier League/Facebook].

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This surpasses the record of the legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who led the club for a remarkable 26 years and had a 59% win rate during his tenure with the Red Devils.

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