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


102 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #41

    Zog skinned again!

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  • Andy1

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #42

    Edgar would have been a better choice!?!

    It’s so stupid that we are even thinking about playing an inexperienced young centre back at lb.

    Where has our 6 mil left back gone?

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #43

    I guess Fergie has seen the weakness of our defence and thats why we have Nzog against Nani.

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #44

    Only suggested Edgar cos I though Enrique was injured !

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #45

    ooooohhh

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #46

    omg too easy !!!!!

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  • Andy1

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #47

    I know. But it just seems bizarre that N’Zogbia has had to play so much at lb this season when we have paid a lot for a lb in the summer.

    If he leaves then it will probably because he is annoyed at playing out of position and it will make it frustrating.

    Shit 2-0.

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  • azvael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #48

    Our middlefield doesnt help our defense either!!!!!

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  • ToonKing

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #49

    fook’ this…….

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #50

    What did people expect?

    Seriously, our team is so bloody dreadful, we will be LUCKY to come out of this game without conceding another 6.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #51

    steven taylor pissing bout again/

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #52

    azvael, totally agree.

    2 easy goals for them……. whatever next !

    Smith again is a waste, Barton ? and no fire power when we do get in a good position.

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #53

    Oooh this is painful lads.
    Its 3am here in Japan and I should be sleeping or even in a Club somewhere…

    who are we having next?
    whats our table position again?

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  • ToonKing

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #54

    we can’t even buy a goal atm, were are in serious trouble as of now and my belief in KK is seriously starting to shake…… plus we have a shite team….

    i’m depressed again…great…

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  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #55

    The defense is horrific, the mid isn’t helping either.
    Well it’s only 2-0, not 6.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #56

    I’m not even going to bother watching the next half, I’m off out to the cinema to watch something worth watching.

    When I come back in, no doubt we’ll have been hammered yet again…

    How long can this humiliation continue?

    What the feck have us Geordies ever done wrong to deserve this?

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  • Michael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #57

    I am pragmatic enough to say “Only what we deserve.”
    So much heart but no “TACTICS” This is what I have been saying since Keegan was appointed.

    My adage comes to mind”It is like playing a game of chess with no knowledge but all the heart in the world”

    Heart compliments ability. If you have ability like Ronaldinho but no heart, you can still play very well. If you have all the heart in the world, Keegan, Alan smith but no ability, all you get is, tripe.
    Wasting your time.

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  • Callum

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #58

    Smith useless again 🙂

    Enrique who?

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  • Jamie

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #59

    Butt and Smith do jack shit!! Duff is small and slow!
    Jeez we may aswell put carrol up front, with edgar in left back to take off smith and duffer.

    Out team lacks PACE and ATHLETICISM.

    Look at the United side!! look at it, POWER at the back, pace all over the pitch, its not rocket science!!!

    God summer can’t come quicker enough, we may actually sign some players that have these credentials, we are getting played off the park through share Power and Pace. Wake up and small the coffee Keegan, Ashley and co, you can learn something today from watching United, we got beat 6-0 and today looks 0-6. FFS wake up!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #60

    Zog just ball watching for their forst goal !!!

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #61

    Michael,
    I agree with you. Problem is neither you nor I have the power to make those decisions.
    I wonder what they see in Smith (Both BSA and KK) that we cant see.

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  • Elliott

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #62

    2 points.

    Every time Given releases the ball he sends it long and gives man u the ball back. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

    Milner is a shocking winger lets players make runs then checks, forcing the strikers/runners to check and then sends a cross over everyone’s heads.Zzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • daiv

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #63

    WHY SMITH AND BUTT?
    SMITH NEVER SCORES.
    WHY NZOG AT LEFT BACK WHEN WE HAVE £6M ENRIQUE.
    WHERE, MOST OF ALL, IS THE DUKE. PROBLEM THERE?
    KEEGAN IS WORSE THAN SAM. TAXI FOR MR KEEGAN.

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  • thelongshanks

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #64

    Keep faith lads,hopefully gud secong half for the toon.carrol on for smith.

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #65

    what on earth were we doing letting those goals in . first zoggy falls asleep , then taylor thinks he’s a figure skater .

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  • elpinchudo

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #66

    ‘It’s so stupid that we are even thinking about playing an inexperienced young centre back at lb.’

    quite funny. i remember Edgar scoring against Manu last season … so he must have some experience

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  • Elliott

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #67

    At the moment I’m thinking relegation might be our best option as long as Ashley stays because we need to get rid of 75% of our squad and start again. Come back up in a positive frame of mind playing good football having shed ourselves of our tired disinterested squad of has beens and overhyped youngsters.

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  • jj

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #68

    see shitty shays in goal again he is rubbish

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  • azvael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #69

    ahah Figure skater. Totally agree.

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  • daiv

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #70

    Keegan will always play Smith and Butt. For that, we deserve relegation and KK can be on his way £10M richer. He’s lost the plot poor lad.

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  • steve

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #71

    I hate these setanta sports commentators – not looking good, no shots, no defence

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  • Michael

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #72

    What is good football? We just want winning football. There are no points for how well our players dance on the pitch. We need winning football. To hell with entertainment, in my opinion winning is entertaining.

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  • Johann

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #73

    Had I already mentioned I love given? 😉

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #74

    never mind blaming keegan , it’s the players .
    cant belive we are blaming keegan already , number dont mean shit if your supports all negative , are we the best fan’s in the league … or the worst?
    i think our glories support is a myth we back up with full attendace figures.

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  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #75

    Given injured. Harper on.

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  • elpinchudo

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #76

    think Milner is a great winger. have a mate who keeps repeating he doesn’t have pace. but i’m really impressed by him. as i am with Duff … as sir Bobby Robson mentioned though; we desperate for pace …

    also, we do not just loose all the long balls from Given, but we loose any long ball …

    I think Smith ain’t no good. anyway no better than other strikers we have. what does he contribute. nothing, not even defending… Barton plays shit today and Butt is getting too old. Bring in Caroll. put the Zog towards midfield and yep, who will play LB?

    any news about the Duke?

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  • daiv

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #77

    Hadrian
    What have we to be positive to be about? Tell me. Useless players and a manager who cannot shape a defence and get best out of players. Things have been getting worse for 5 years. Tell me the silver lining.

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  • Magjp

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #78

    no one warming up?

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  • daiv

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #79

    Oh and by the way,
    anybody think Given is finished?

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  • Andy1

    Feb 23, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #80

    Taylor? What are you doing?

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