Nigel Pearson welcomes back Stephen Carr into the Magpies starting eleven after six weeks on the sidelines. Stephen replaces Rozehnal at right back, who drops to the bench.
Claudio Cacapa as expected, returns to the heart of the defense with Abdoulaye Faye away on African Cup of Nations duty. He partners young Steven Taylor.
James Milner returns following illness, Mark Viduka drops to the bench, and captain and former red devil Alan Smith will likely operate in a more advanced role alongside Michael Owen, which we think is Alan’s best position. Jose Enrique gets another start and Duff and N’Zogbia are also in the team.
This is quite an attacking side, with some of our more skillful players finally all in the side together. Looks also like the Zog will be in center midfield – very good.
Emre starts again on the bench, and exciting 17 year-old winger Kazenga LuaLua is again named among the Newcastle substitutes having made his senior debut at Stoke.
Local Newcastle boy Michael Carrick, who was with Newcastle’s Youth Academy 10 years ago, starts for the Red Devils, as do Tevez and Rooney. 🙁
Manchester United: Edwin Van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand, Anderson, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney
Subs: Ji-sung Park, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Danny Simpson, Tomasz Kuszczak
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Damien Duff, Michael Owen, Alan Smith
Subs: David Rozehnal, Emre, Steve Harper, Mark Viduka, Kazenga LuaLua
Referee: Rob Styles
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