As expected Andy Carroll will be the lone striker up front tonight at Old Trafford, against the Red Devils.
Andy will get some support from captain Kevin Nolan in the expected 4-5-1 formation, with Kevin pushing up as a deep striker – a role he played many times last season.
And Alan Smith comes in against his old club as Danny Guthrie has a minor knee injury, picked up a couple of days ago in training.
Joey Barton will be in central midfield as expected, and we are looking for a very good game from the Liverpudlian tonight.
As expected James Perch gets the right-back position over Ryan Taylor, and will be amkien his official first team debut tonight, and Newcastle have three of their youngsters Haris Vuckic, Nile Ranger and James Tavernier on the bench.
There are no real surprises with the Newcastle side.
Howay The Lads – let’s show them what we’re made of!!
Michael Owen is not in the Red Devils squad.
Manchester United: Van der Sar; O’Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Fletcher, Scholes, Nani; Berbatov, Rooney.
Subs:Kuszczak, Rafael Da Silva, Smalling, Carrick, Giggs, Macheda, Hernandez.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.
Subs: Ryan Taylor, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, Tim Krul, Haris Vuckic, Nile Ranger, James Tavernier.
Referee: C Foy