Over the years, whenever these two sides have met, the tie has been decided by Wayne Rooney’s boots. The England captain would once again hope for similar outcome as he is loving life playing as a striker for Manchester United. Rooney has scored 12 league goals against Newcastle.
The Red Devils have had a mixed season on both results and performance front as they are yet to win over their critics and fans. Louis Van Gaal’s continuous tinkering with the side has not seen United find a settle playing 11.
For this away trip, Van Gaal will be without Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick, both are 1 week away from returning to first team action for Man United. Phil Jones and Luke Shaw could play a part in this game, while there is a slight fitness concern over David De Gea, who suffered a knock in United’s 2-0 win over Sunderland.
Newcastle United Starting XI –
Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, R.Taylor; Obertan, Sissoko, Abeid, Ameobi; Rivière, Cissé
Woodman, Satka, Anita, Gutierrez, Gouffran, Armstrong, Perez
Manchester United starting XI –
De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Evans, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Di Maria, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.
Lindegaard, Jones, McNair, Carrick, Mata, Januzaj, Falcao