Preview: Manchester United v Newcastle United – Barclays Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Barclays Premier League

Boxing Day – Friday 26th December 2014, KO 15:00 GMT

Referee: Mike Jones; Assistants: J Collin and I Hussin; Fourth Official: R Madley

Manchester United face Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day – hopefully it will not be a repeat of the 4-3 thriller on the same day two-years ago, which United won, but had to come from behind three times, before scoring the winner in the final minute of the match, in what was at the time called “Fergie Time”, something which Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about this week in an interview to be aired on BT Sport at 15:30 on Christmas Day. United are undefeated in seven matches this season, willing their previous six and drawing away to Aston Villa at the weekend, which was a letdown, but a well-earned point nonetheless.

Newcastle United have not won since their 2-1 victory over Chelsea at St James’ Park, losing their last three matches against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and local rivals Sunderland, which was a big blow. Alan Pardew has an injury crisis on his hands with no less than ten players on the sidelines, including both experienced goalkeepers, with Jak Alnwick set to continue in goal after conceding ten goals in the last four matches, of which he has started in three, replacing Rob Elliott against Chelsea when the Magpies were 2-0, conceding a consolation for Chelsea. Midfielder Cheick Tioté it also suspended for this festive fixture.

Louis van Gaal has suggested in his Managers Press Conference on Tuesday that Chris Smalling could be the only player from the sidelines that could return for the Boxing Day clash, but he would wait until Wednesday’s training sessions have been completed before making his decision. For that we shall have to wait until Boxing Day when the team news is announced from 14:00 GMT. Van Gaal also confirmed that he has given his players Christmas Day off to spend time with their families. There will be no training session and the squad will not have to meet up at the Lowry Hotel in the evening to spend the night with their team-mates; instead they will meet up at the clubs AON Training Complex in Carrington on Friday morning.

It is a shame that Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind could not be back in time for this clash, which United could have done with, especially in midfield, but with the players we currently have that are fit and the addition of Wayne Rooney in midfield, which again is something that Louis van Gaal has confirmed, United should have enough firepower to beat the Magpies, and they need to in order to ensure Old Trafford is turned into a fortress once again, especially with the fact Newcastle United won this fixture last season; which was one of David Moyes records, which was long-standing before his failure filled Old Trafford.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and we will be back on Boxing Day ready to see the Red Devils bring in three more points this season…


Manchester United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 17 matches, won 9, drawn 5, lost 3 and currently have 32 points

Scored 30 goals (1.76 goals per match) and conceded 18 goals (1.06 goals per match) – 0 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 7 matches

Clean sheet record 29%

Newcastle United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 17 matches, won 6, drawn 5, lost 6 and currently have 23 points

Scored 18 goals (1.06 goals per match) and conceded 23 goals (1.35 goals per match) – 0 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 6 matches

Clean sheet record 29%

Top Scorers (all competitions):

Manchester United: 7 – Robin van Persie, 6 – Wayne Rooney, 5 – Juan Mata, 3 – Angel Di Maria, 2 – Radamel Falcao, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera 1 – Daley Blind, Own Goal, Chris Smalling

Newcastle United: 7 – Papiss Cissé, 4 – Ayoze Pérez, 2 – Rolando Aarons, Emmanuel Riviere, Moussa Sissoko, 1 – Sammy Ameobi, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett, Own Goal, Daryl Janmaat, Gabriel Obertan, Mike Williamson

Manchester United Form: – DWWWWW

Last six matches: Aston Villa 1-1 D, Liverpool 3-0 W, Southampton 2-1 W, Stoke City 2-1 W, Hull City 3-0 W, Arsenal 2-1 W

Newcastle United: – LLLWDL

Last six matches: Sunderland 1-0 L, Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 L, Arsenal 4-1 L, Chelsea 2-1 W, Burnley 1-1 D, West Ham United 1-0 L

Head to Head:

Played 20 matches at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 12, Drawn 7, Lost 1 – Scored 42 goals, conceded 14 goals and kept 10 clean sheets

Newcastle United: Won 1, Drawn 7, Lost 12 – Scored 14 goals, conceded 42 goals and kept 4 clean sheets

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13, Anders Lindegaard, 40. Ben Amos, 50. Sam Johnstone;

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Luke Shaw, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 33. Paddy McNair, 36. Marnick Vermijl, 39. Tom Thorpe, 42. Tyler Blackett;

Midfielders: 7. Ángel Di María, 8. Juan Mata, 11. Adnan Januzaj, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Daley Blind, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 24. Darren Fletcher, 25. Antonio Valencia, 28. Anderson, 31. Marouane Fellaini, 35. Jesse Lingard, 46. Joe Rothwell;

Strikers: 9. Radamel Falcao, 10. Wayne Rooney, 20. Robin van Persie, 48. Will Keane, 49. James Wilson

Doubts/Injuries: 3. Luke Shaw (ankle/foot), 5. Marcos Rojo (thigh muscle strain), 12. Chris Smalling (hamstring), 17. Daley Blind (knee), 21. Ander Herrera (muscular injury), 31. Marouane Fellaini (illness), 39. Tom Thorpe (ankle/foot) [injury details taken from]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the]

Newcastle United Squad:

Manager: Alan Pardew

Goalkeepers: 1. Tim Krul, 21. Rob Elliot, 31. Jak Alnwick, 41. Freddie Woodman;

Defenders: 2. Fabricio Coloccini, 3. Davide Santon, 4. Ryan Taylor, 6. Mike Williamson, 19. Massadio Haïdara, 22. Daryl Janmaat, 27. Steven Taylor, 33. Curtis Good, 34. Remie Streete, 36. Paul Dummett, 37. Lubomir Satka, 39. Shane Ferguson, 42. Kevin Mbabu;

Midfielders: 7. Moussa Sissoko, 8. Vurnon Anita, 10. Siem de Jong, 14. Jack Colback, 16. Rolando Aarons, 18. Jonás Gutiérrez, 20. Rémy Cabella, 23. Haris Vučkić, 24. Cheick Tioté, 25. Gabriel Obertan, 30. Mehdi Abeid, 38. Gaël Bigirimana, 40. Olivier Kemen;

Strikers: 9. Papiss Cissé, 11. Yoan Gouffran, 15. Facundo Ferreyra, 17. Ayoze Pérez, 28. Sammy Ameobi, 29. Emmanuel Rivière, 32. Adam Armstrong, 35. Adam Campbell

Doubts/Injuries: 1. Tim Krul (ankle/foot), 3. Davide Santon (knee), 4. Ryan Taylor (knee), 10. Siem de Jong (thigh muscle strain), 16. Rolando Aarons (hamstring), 21. Rob Elliot (hip/thigh), 25. Gabriel Obertan (hip/thigh), 27. Steven Taylor (facial injury), 30. Mehdi Abeid (ankle/foot), 33. Curtis Good (groin/pelvis) [injury details taken from]

Suspensions: 24. Cheick Tioté (one match) [suspensions confirmed by the]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Score Prediction:

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United


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