Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Elliot, Santon, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummet, Anita, Tiote, Sissoko, de Jong, Gouffran, Cisse
Three wins and three loses in as many games for Newcastle means they sit firmly in mid table looking to end the season close to where they currently are. With two loses in a row and without scoring a goal, Alan Pardew will be looking to improve on his team’s recent performances as they host a tricky Manchester United side. The Magpies will be without three key players with Tim Krul and Mathieu Debuchy surely missing the game as Loic Remy is looking to be a doubt for the match. Pardew could make up to three changes to the side that lost 4-0 at the weekend with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara looking to be replaced at the wing back position by Davide Santon and Paul Dummet. Hatem Ben Arfa who was taken out at halftime will most probably start on the bench with Luuk de Jong looking to step in behind lone striker Papiss Demba Cisse.
Manchester United (4-4-1-1): De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Jones, Evra, Januzaj, Carrick, Fellaini, Kagawa, Mata, Rooney
Manchester United have it all to play for when they travel to St James’ Park as a win can put them into sixth place where they will occupy a Europa League spot, should Tottenham lose at the weekend. With four wins and two loses in their last six games, they will go into his weekend’s clash in high spirits after an excellent performance against Bayern Munich in midweek. David Moyes could see the return of Rafael into the right back slot should he be fit after suffering a few knocks in recent weeks as the manager will still be without the services of Chris Smalling and Johnny Evans in defense. However, Patrice Evra who was left out against Aston Villa in order for Alexander Buttner to be prepared for his midweek game should return to his left back place with Michael Carrick also retaining his usual spot after being rested last weekend. Wayne Rooney is looking to play as the main striker with Robin van Persie still out injured. Shinji Kagawa will possibly join Adnan Januzaj on the flanks as they both provided an assist last weekend.
— James Roarty (@JamesRoarty) April 2, 2014
@ManUtd this is for moyes, i knw its hard to win on an away ground but try as much as possible to secure a wi @ new castle. tank u
— patrick onyemaechi (@onye4reel) April 2, 2014
— matthew (@pro_m1spence) April 2, 2014
Newcastle United came to Old Trafford and got away with all three point earlier this season with Manchester United looking to exact revenge when their opponents host them at St James’ Park.
With Wayne Rooney grabbing two goals against Aston Villa last weekend, he will be looking to continue his goal scoring tally. Already scoring 15 goals this season and four coming from his last four games, he will be on high alert as the England international looks to be taking part in all aspects of the game.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester United: An Alternative Preview
After going 18 Barclays Premier League games without a win against Manchester United (D5 L13), Newcastle have won two of the last four (W2 L2).
Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in his last six Barclays Premier League appearances.
Manchester United have earned fewer points this season than in any previous Premier League campaign and are guaranteed to finish with a lower total than in any of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 21 campaigns.
Rooney has netted 10 Premier League goals against Newcastle; only against Aston Villa (12) has he netted more.
Newcastle United have failed to score in 10 of their last 14 Premier League games.
Manchester United have the best away record in the Premier League, with 30 points from a possible 48.
Manchester United are one of only two teams not to lose a Premier League game from a winning position this season (along with Tottenham).
David Moyes side have made more defensive clearances than any other team in the Premier League this season (1202).
Man Utd have fired in more crosses than any other team in the Premier League this season (649; from open play).
18% of the goals David Moyes’ side have conceded have come in the opening 15 minutes of matches, a divisional high proportion (7 of 38).