Simpson, Perch, Williamson, Santon
Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez
Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra
Nani, Rooney, Kagawa
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is facing a defensive crisis ahead of Sunday’s game, with Steven Taylor (calf) unavailable and Fabricio Coloccini (thigh) also a doubt.
Danny Simpson is pushing to shrug off a hamstring injury to return to the side, meaning James Perch could fill in at center back, while midfielder Yohan Cabaye is set to make a comeback from a mouth infection. Meanwhile, the game may come too soon for Tim Krul (elbow), and Ryan Taylor (knee) is a long-term absentee for the Magpies.
Sir Alex Ferguson is still without defenders Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic (both knee), but Chris Smalling (foot) could make a comeback to the Manchester United squad. Antonio Valencia (foot) and Ashley Young (knee) remain sidelined, while Darren Fletcher (stomach) could make a first Premier League appearance after coming back from a 10-month absence against CFR Cluj in midweek.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Newcastle's 3-0 win over Sir Alex Ferguson’s side last season was its first over the Red Devils in 20 matches in all competitions; its previous victory was a 4-3 thriller in September 2001.
- However, if the Magpies avoid defeat it will be the first time since 1989 they have gone four games unbeaten in the league against the Red Devils.
- A massive 88 percent of Newcastle's goals have come in the second half, the highest proportion of any team in the league.
- Demba Ba has made two Premier League appearances against Manchester United, and scored in both.
- Manchester United has gone behind in five of its six Premier League games this season.
- Both Paul Scholes (nine) and Wayne Rooney (10) have scored more goals against Newcastle than when facing any other Premier League club.
- In his last five starts against Newcastle, Robin van Persie has scored five times.
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