Gael Bigirimana

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

At Old Trafford


Alan Pardew has made two changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up for their Boxing Day trip to Manchester United in the Premier League (3pm kick-off).

Gael Bigirimana and Sylvain Marveaux both come in to the Magpies' side, in place of Cheick Tiote - who serves a one-game ban - and Jonas Gutierrez.

Newcastle are expected to line up in a 4-3-3 formation again, with Marveaux wide on the left of a front three, alongside Papiss Cisse and 11-goal top scorer Demba Ba.

Teenager Bigirimana will provided some steel in the middle of the park, together with James Perch and in-form summer signing Vurnon Anita.

And the back four and goalkeeper remains unchanged, with Tim Krul behind Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Davide Santon.

On the substitutes' bench there is a place for 17-year-old forward Adam Campbell, joining Saturday's goal hero Shola Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan among others.


Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea; Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra (c); Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs; Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie

Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Alexander Buttner, Scott Wootton, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Tunnicliffe


Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Adam Campbell


Referee:  Mike Dean (The Wirral)