Shane Ferguson gets only his 4th start in the Premier League, as he lines up at left back for Newcastle this afternoon against Manchester United, with Davide Santon switching over to right back.
We had expected Danny Simpson to come back in at right back, but he’s on the bench, so it’s a great opportunity for the in-form 21 year-old Irishman to shine this afternoon – in fact our full backs are both 21 year-olds today – one Irishman and one Italian.
Mike Williamson and James Perch are indeed the center-backs as Alan Pardew had said they would be, and both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse start up front this afternoon.
So it’s an inexperienced and different back four this afternoon for Newcastle, and only Davide Santon is usually a starter in the back four, and he’s been switched to right back.
Simpson is on the bench having just returned from his hamstring strain and Colo and Steven Taylor still out injured.
Newcastle have a decent bench this afternoon too, and Alan will likely give run outs to at least Shola Ameobi and Gabby Obertan, who both had very good games on Thursday.
19 year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is in the first team squad for the very first time, with both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot out injured.
David de Gea returns in goal and replaced Lindegarrd for the Red Devils and Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney all all in the starting eleven.
We need the win this afternoon – although that will be very difficult.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; David Santon, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Shane Ferguson; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Danny Simpson, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi
Manchester United: (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra (c); Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick; Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa; Robin Van Persie
Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Scott Wootton Paul Scholes, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)