The Magpies stunned Old Trafford in November when Dwight Gayle fired them into an unlikely 14th-minute lead which they retained until eight minutes before the break.
Newcastle have won two of their last 28 Premier League games against Man Utd (D7 L19), failing to win any of their last six (D2 L4). Jose Mourinho might be bashed left, right and centre for not matching up with Manchester City but in stark contrast to the popular opinion, the Red Devils have improved on their showings.
It is in the Champions League, and indeed the upcoming league games against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, where Bailly's return, or indeed his absence, will be felt the most.
"I think they know how to get the points to stay in the division".
So far minimal efforts have been made to extend his contract at Old Trafford, with the manager himself questioning the player's professionalism in April a year ago.
Toon supporters have been desperate for Ashley to leave the club for years, having seen two relegations from the Premier League and a severe lack of investment in the squad under his reign.
"I can remember many of them, some of the best ones in the country". "We did absolutely everything but it is hard to play when the other team doesn't want to play", he said.
A draw is available at 3/1 odds at BetVictor, and a Newcastle win can get you 5/1 odds at the same bookmaker.
Fiorentina know this, and that's why there's no real worry for now, as a number of clubs, on top of José Mourinho's and Pep Guardiola's, are after the young forward.
He said: "It's different because you have a lot of top sides around, massive clubs here and overseas, but at the same time it's a challenge".
Mourinho is expecting a tricky afternoon at St James' Park - where he has yet to triumph - when the sides meet live on Sky Sports Premier League.
To win a title makes a team the champions but greatness should be a word reserved only for teams that have earned it through a series of triumphs over the years. The last four clashes at St James' Park have yielded 10 away points from a possible 12, with the January 2016 contest on Tyneside ending in a thrilling 3-3 draw.