Newcastle make as many as 9 changes for the Capital One Cup tie at Old Trafford tonight, from the side that started against Norwich City last Sunday.
As expected Fab Coloccini and Cheick Tiote return to the starting line-up after recovering from injury, and Rob Elliot gets another chance in goal, which he deserves after his excellent display last week in Madeira.
As we suspected, the in-form Mike Williamson partners Colo at the back, and Steven Taylor gets a rest and isn’t even on the bench. Mike and James Perch are the only players who started on Sunday who will also start tonight.
James Tavernier gets a chance on the big stage at Old Trafford, but no starting place for Gael Bigirimana tonight, although he could get some playing time in the second half, as the 18 year-old is on the bench.
Shola Ameobi starts up front but Papiss Cisse starts on the bench tonight, and it looks like Haris Vuckic will play just behind Shola up front.
This is very much a second team being fielded by Newcastle tonight, and the Man United team sees Darren Fletcher return and captain the side tonight.
De Gea, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Chicarito all in what looks to be a pretty strong side for the Red Devils tonight – that’s a pity.
Howay The Lads!!
Manchester United De Gea; Vermijl, M.Keane, Wootton, Büttner; Fletcher (capt), Cleverley, Anderson; Welbeck, Rooney, Chicharito.
Subs: Lingard; Evans, Johnstone, Tunnicliffe, Brady, Powell, King
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), James Tavernier; Gabriel Obertan, Cheick Tiote, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux; Haris Vuckic; Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse