As expected Davide Santon comes in at right back, but there’s a bit of a surprise in that Dan Gosling is given a chance to add some much needed creativity to the Newcastle midfield and Dan gets a start this afternoon.
It looks like Vurnon Anita will play out on the right wing in place of the injured Moussa Sissoko, in a 4-4-2 formation, with Dan Gosling in central midfield, but of course the two could also switch positions.
Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse are again up front, but maybe Shola Ameobi will be given a chance if the two strikers look as poor as they’ve looked in the last several games.
And it’s good to see young Adam Armstrong on the bench, and also Ben Arfa, and both creative players could well see some action in the second half this afternoon.
For Manchester United Javier Hernandez gets a start up front in place of the injured Wayne Rooney, and Anders Lindegaard gets a start in goal.
76% think we’ll lose this game so the lads have nothing to lose but to go for it.
Newcastle really need to take something out of this game, even if the odds are stacked against them.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Dan Gosling, Yoan Gouffran; Luuk de Jong, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Adam Armstrong
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Anders Lindegaard; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Patrice Evra; Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini; Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa; Javier Hernandez
Substitutes: David de Gea, Alexander Büttner, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley, Adnan Januzaj, Nani, James Wilson
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)