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PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Manchester United

St James Park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Saturday 5th April 2014 – KO 15:00 GMT

Referee: Kevin Friend, Assistants: J Flynn and R West, Fourth Official: C Boyeson

Manchester United travel to Newcastle to face the Magpies on Saturday afternoon. In their last match at Old Trafford this season, United fell to a 1-0 defeat, which made it two in a row at the Theatre of Dreams with United also losing to Everton three days previous. At that time Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling were all out injured and Robin van Persie played the full 90 minutes despite being injured himself, subsequently being sidelined until well into the New Year. It was a period where United’s supporters needed to be patient, but it was a big scalp for Newcastle United, who had not won at Old Trafford since 1972.

Newcastle United are not in a great position at this stage in the season. Injuries are thick and fast in Pardew’s squad, which means he could easily be on the receiving end of defeat himself. United have their own injury crisis, but have enough players to make a difference, even though there is not much to play for in the league this season, apart from a UEFA Europa League place, which is something the supporters are divided on.

United played Bayern Munich at Old Trafford this week in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final play off, with many expecting the current European champions to give a footballing lesson to David Moyes’ underachieving side, but it was United that scored first, and they should have been 1-0 within minutes of the match kicking off. Bayern did score the away goal they came to Manchester for, but Javi Martínez was booked and Bastian Schweinsteiger was sent off, meaning both miss the second leg, which could cause a problem for the Germans.

United will be wanting to keep spirits high. A victory away to Newcastle United means that they will travel to Germany knowing that they will have put the defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City behind them. Many United supporters would like to see players like Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa rested for the Newcastle trip, but both will not want to sit out of a match, so they should play.

David Moyes will be without Robin van Persie, but could also see players like Ryan Giggs, Alexander Büttner, Rafael da Silva, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans miss this fixture, but with the managers press conference not taking place until later this afternoon, there is a chance that some of these players will travel to Newcastle. Alan Pardew has an injury dilemma with Tim Krul, Moussa Sissoko, Loïc Rémy, Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Mathieu Debuchy and Sammy Ameobi all currently on the sidelines.

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Manchester United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2013/14 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 32 matches, won 16, drawn 6, lost 10 and currently have 54 points

Scored 52 goals (1.63 goals per match) & conceded 38 goals (1.19 goals per match) – 4 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 7 matches

Clean sheet record 34%

Newcastle United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2013/14 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 32 matches, won 14, drawn 4, lost 14 and currently have 46 points

Scored 38 goals (1.19 goal per match) & conceded 47 goals (1.47 goals per match) – 2 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 4 matches

Clean sheet record 28%

Top Scorers (all competitions):

Manchester United: 17 – Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, 10 – Danny Welbeck, 8 – Javier Hernandez, 4 – Antonio Valencia, 3 – Own Goal, Adnan Januzaj, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, 2 – Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, 1 – Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Juan Mata, Nani, Fabio da Silva

Newcastle United: 13 – Loïc Rémy, 7 – Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran, 4 – Papiss Cissé, 3 – Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, 1 – Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Mathieu Debuchy, Paul Dummett

Manchester United Form: – DWLWWL

Last six matches: Bayern Munich 1-1 D, Aston Villa 4-1 W, Manchester City 3-0 L, West Ham United 2-0 W, Olympiacos 3-0 W, Liverpool 3-0 L

Newcastle United: – LLWLWW

Last six matches: Southampton 4-0 L, Everton 3-0 L, Crystal Palace 1-0 W, Fulham 1-0 L, Hull City 4-1 W,  Aston Villa W

Head to Head:

Played 19 matches at St James Park in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 10, Drawn 5, Lost 4 – Scored 35 goals, conceded 27 goals and kept 5 clean sheets

Newcastle United: Won 4, Drawn 5, Lost 10 – Scored 27 goals, conceded 35 goals and kept 4 clean sheets

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: David Moyes

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

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Patrice Evra, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Rio Ferdinand, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 15. Nemanja Vidic, 28. Alexander Büttner, 30. Guillermo Varela;

Midfielders: 8. Juan Mata, 11. Ryan Giggs, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Nani, 18. Ashley Young, 23. Tom Cleverley, 24. Darren Fletcher, 25. Antonio Valencia, 26. Shinji Kagawa, 31. Marouane Fellaini, 44. Adnan Januzaj;

Strikers: 10. Wayne Rooney, 14. Javier Hernandez, 19. Danny Welbeck, 20. Robin van Persie

Doubts/Injuries: 2. Rafael da Silva (hamstring), 6. Jonny Evans (calf/shin), 11. Ryan Giggs (groin/pelvis), 12. Chris Smalling (hamstring), 20. Robin van Persie (knee), Alexander Büttner (hamstring) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Newcastle United Squad:

Manager: Alan Pardew

Goalkeepers: 1. Tim Krul, 21. Rob Elliot, 42. Jak Alnwick;

Defenders: 2. Fabricio Coloccini, 3. Davide Santon, 6. Mike Williamson, 13. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, 16. Ryan Taylor, 19. Massadio Haïdara, 26. Mathieu Debuchy, 27. Steven Taylor, 33. Curtis Good, 34. James Tavernier, 36. Paul Dummett, 44. Remie Streete;

Midfielders: 7. Moussa Sissoko, 8. Vurnon Anita, 10. Hatem Ben Arfa, 15. Dan Gosling, 17. Romain Amalfitano, 18. Jonás Gutiérrez, 20. Gaël Bigirimana, 22. Sylvain Marveaux, 24. Cheick Tioté, 25. Gabriel Obertan, 29. Haris Vučkić, 41. Conor Newton;

Strikers: 9. Papiss Cissé, 11. Yoan Gouffran, 14. Loïc Rémy, 18. Luuk de Jong, 23. Shola Ameobi, 28. Sammy Ameobi, 49. Adam Campbell

Doubts/Injuries: 1. Tim Krul (shoulder), 7. Moussa Sissoko (hamstring), 14. Loïc Rémy (calf/shin), 16. Ryan Taylor (ACL), 25. Gabriel Obertan (knee), 26. Mathieu Debuchy (groin), 28. Sammy Ameobi (ankle/foot) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None  [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

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Score Prediction:

Newcastle United 1-3 Manchester United

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