By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Attention turns to the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, as Newcastle travel to Manchester United (7.45pm kick-off).
Both clubs are entering at the third round stage due to their European involvements, and the tie is expected to see each squad fully utilised with changes made from their recent Premier League fixtures.
Newcastle had the upper hand over the Red Devils last season, drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford before memorably triumphing 3-0 on Tyneside, and Magpies boss Alan Pardew will be hoping for more of the same this time round.
Wednesday's match is the 153rd between the two clubs, and the third in the League Cup. Of Newcastle's last 12 League Cup ties, nine have been away from home.
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January 4th, 2012 - Newcastle 3 (Ba 33, Cabaye 47, Jones og 90)
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Ryan Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (James Perch 78), Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi (Leon Best 75), Demba Ba (Gabriel Obertan 89)
Manchester United (4-4-2): Anders Lindegaard; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra (c); Nani, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Park Ji-Sung (Javier Hernandez 66); Dimitar Berbatov (Danny Welbeck 57), Wayne Rooney (Anderson 75)
FULL RECORD v MANCHESTER UNITED
P152 W40 D37 L75 F222 A290
(Last six games - all competitions)
Manchester United - WWWWWL
Newcastle - WDDDWL
Manchester United (v Liverpool, Premier League): Anders Lindegaard; Rafael (Danny Welbeck 89), Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs (c), Nani (Paul Scholes 46); Shinji Kagawa (Javier Hernandez 81); Robin van Persie
Not used: David de Gea, Alexander Buttner, Anderson, Tom Cleverley
Newcastle (v Norwich, Premier League): Steve Harper; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 85), Vurnon Anita (Cheick Tiote 76), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Papiss Cisse (Gabriel Obertan 70), Demba Ba
Not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi
Manchester United - Captain Nemanja Vidic is ruled out for two months following knee surgery, but Darren Fletcher could make his first start in ten months having been sidelined with a chronic bowel problem. Summer signings Angelo Henriquez, Nick Powell and Alex Buttner could all feature, and may be joined by Wayne Rooney, who is in contention after recovering from a cut leg. Chris Smalling (foot), Phil Jones (knee) and Ashley Young (knee) are all out.
Newcastle - Skipper Fabricio Coloccini and midfielder Cheick Tiote are both tipped to start for the Magpies, after recovering from respective hamstring and knee injuries, but the fixture comes too soon for Danny Simpson (hamstring) and Tim Krul (elbow), who remain sidelined. Ryan Taylor (knee) is a long-term absentee for United.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United defender: "We have some really talented young players and I'm looking forward to seeing some of them. There are loads of them and I could go on and on and be here all day. Hopefully they can stamp their authority on the cup this year."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "In respect to this competition, the Capital One Cup, we've got to look to win it. We have got a tough game right from the off, going to Old Trafford. But it's a fantastic place to go and play football, and we are going to hopefully enjoy it and get a positive result."
Anthony Taylor (Manchester) - 2012/13 record: 4 games, 8 yellow cards, 1 red card
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Peter Beardsley, Nicky Butt, Andy Cole, Alan Davies, Keith Gillespie, Ronny Johnsen, Mick Martin, David McCreery, Liam O'Brien, Gabriel Obertan, Michael Owen, Giuseppe Rossi, Louis Saha, Danny Simpson, Alan Smith
DID YOU KNOW?
Newcastle have not won at Old Trafford since the February 1972, when goals from John Tudor and Stewart Barrowclough earned a 2-0 victory. That is a run of 30 matches without a triumph (22 defeats and eight draws).