Newcastle vs Manchester United – Teams – Faye Starts


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Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has made two changes to the side which was beaten at Aston Villa two weeks ago, as Abdoulaye Faye Faye comes in for Claudio Cacapa at center-back and Charles N’Zogbia returns to the team.

Senegal defender Faye starts his first game since his his return from the African Cup of Nations while Cameroon midfielder Geremi returns to the bench.

Stephen Carr (hamstring), Emre (calf) and Oba Martins (ankle) are all injured and it looks like Charles will start at left back. Spaniard Jose Enrique is not even on the bench today.

Shay Given comes back in goal after recovering from his groin strain and Steve Harper returns to the bench on 99 appearances for Newcastle. Duff and Milner will start on the wings.

That means both Smith and Butt maintain their places, even after lack-luster performances the last few games. Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi are on the the belch, which shows Keegan wants to attack the Red Devils today. Surprisingly Mark Viduka is not even among the substitutes.

Manchester United are without Ryan Giggs but start in a 4-3-3 formation with Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez up front.

Wallsend born Michael Carrick starts for Manchester United in midfield.

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Abdoulaye Faye, Steven Taylor, Joey Barton, Nicky Butt, James Milner, Damien Duff, Alan Smith, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Claudio Cacapa, Steve Harper, Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi, Geremi

Manchester United: Edwin Van Der Sar, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand (c), Wes Brown, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Carlos Tevez
Subs: Anderson, Louis Saha, Paul Scholes, John O’Shea, Tomasz Kusczak

Referee: Chris Foy
Attendance: tbc



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102 comments so far

  • Eric

    Feb 23, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Have seen team. Disappointed. Losing faith and confidence in Keegan now. KK is Allardyce without the overcoat and chewing gum. My hopes are fast disappearing.

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  • Andy1

    Feb 23, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Is Enrique injured? Hasn’t played for a while and for me he should be first choice left back. We need N’zogbia in advanced areas. Ronaldo V N’zogbia – it’s only going one way.

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  • Andy1

    Feb 23, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #3

    That Man U team is scary!

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #4

    eric , what do you expect? he’s not overflowing with choices .
    enrique must be really really shite in training .
    and ameobi and carroll on the bench over viduka?
    coincidence viduka and jose are our two fatties?

    P.S Ed , i really like how you have the site looking now , i remember its humble begginings and now you look like your flying 🙂 nice one .

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  • azvael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Keegan love english player. So all english player would be either on the bench or on the field if available. Taylor, Butt, Smith, Owens, Carroll, Milner, Barton will always be in the team before all other even if all others are better player. Even Martins would be bench when he come back becauz Smith is English!!!!

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  • ToonKing

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #6

    dissapointing team, hope we don’t get trashed again…..

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  • Elliott

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah ok

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  • Baker

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Puzzled! What the hell KK. No Viduka but Owen Smith up front with Barton in the middle.

    Viduka will leave in the summer!!!

    this is madness.

    I hate to say it – but relegation may do this team some good.

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Oooh here we go again…

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Where is Enrique ffs

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  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #11

    i knew butt and smith would start, its f*cking ridiculous.

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Faye makes the defence so much stronger…….

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  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Faye is a quality player. I never realised he was so good.

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #14

    i have given up complaining about Butt and Smith.
    just lets go wid da flow

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Agreed, Faye looks brilliant today.

    Still, we are lambs to the slaughter – only a matter of time before we concede.

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #16

    damn

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Nzog is not a defender!

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  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #18

    oh dear, and so it begins.

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #19

    idd

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  • azvael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #20

    N’gozia fault!!!!!! this goal !!! he cant defend

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #21

    i knew it.

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  • Toon_boy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #22

    thats why zog isn’t a left back!!!!

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  • Tripp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #23

    I wonder what Jose’s deal is. Wish we knew something, it’s frustrating wondering why he’s always left out of the team. Must be sullen tw@t or something to be left out of the team so consistently.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #24

    N’Zogbia having yet another defensive nightmare…

    Dear oh dear,…who’s that other player we have that can play at Left Back? No, not Carr…

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Nzog, Faye on the yellow!!! how is this gonna end.

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  • azvael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26

    The Ref f***ing suck!!!

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #27

    “down with the mackems, we’re going down with the mackems….”

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  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Woeful defending, you can’t do that with the likes of Rooney and Ronaldo there. Look what happens when you do.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #29

    And now Faye’s been booked…

    4-0? 5-0? 6-0?

    Humiliating just doesnt cover it.

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  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Why the f*ck will he not play our best possible side?? ARRRGGGHHH

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  • Andy1

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Milner should have squared it to Duff – it would have been a goal

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  • Toon_boy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #32

    we arent playing bad at all! Keegan knows how to make a team attack anyway!! Its decent football lads

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #33

    cmon this is Man U an established team and fighting for the Premiership…..

    So far we’ve played ok but they are a class team, I hate to say !

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  • tommyy

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #34

    “Charles N’Zogbia gets caught out ball-watching too often – but he’s a young lad, and he’s not a defender.”
    BBC 5 Live analyst Steve Stone

    Why is he playing there? he’s an attacking midfielder! I hate us being so inept!

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #35

    ohh Vidic 🙁 painful lmao

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #36

    This ref is an absolute cock

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  • azvael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #37

    I would have put edgar at LB!!!! At least he score last years against Man u!!! n’Gozia need to be LW or on the bench!!!!

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #38

    is Viduka injured?

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  • Andy1

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Barton you idiot!! What was that – have a look son.

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #40

    Zog ain’t a happy bunny so why put him in lb, just gonna drive him outta the club.

    I agree Edgar may have been a better choice.

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