Gabriel Obertan returns to the starting line-up for Newcastle United in place of young Sammy Ameobi for this afternoon’s game at Old Trafford.
The former Manchester United winger has missed the last two games with a toe infection, but is now back in the starting line-up and replaces the 19 year old younger brother of Shola.
That’s the only change from the side that lost last week at Manchester City, and thankfully the news about Fab Coloccini could possibly miss the game with a back injury, has not turned out to be accurate.
Surprisingly, Rob Elliott is again the substitute goalkeeper for Newcastle even though Steve Harper has returned to Newcastle from his month long loan spell at Brighton.
Leon Best is still not fit and Peter Lovenkrands makes the bench with the two Ameobi brothers, Davide Santon, James Perch and Dan Gosling.
Ben Arfa will continue to play up front as a withdrawn striker behind Demba Ba, as the French International plays himself back to top form.
Danny Guthrie continues to deputise for the still injured Cheick Tiote, and he’ll have to have good game today, but it is a strong Newcastle side that may just get something out of this game.
Wayne Rooney returns for the Red Devils after missing the mid-week game against Benfica, and it looks a strong side with skillful players Nani, Giggs, Young and Hernandez all starting.
Howay The Lads!!
Manchester United: De Gea; Fabio, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Young; Hernandez, Rooney
Substitutes: Lindegaard, Macheda, Gibson, Valencia, Evans, Smalling, Park
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa; Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi