By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United travel to Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime to take on Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League (12.45pm kick-off).
Both teams go into the fixture on the back of midweek defeats, with the Magpies suffering a 3-0 reversal at Swansea and the Red Devils going down by a solitary goal at home to Everton.
When these sides met last season, they played out a Boxing Day thriller in the North-West. Newcastle led three times, through James Perch, a Jonny Evans own goal and Papiss Cisse's strike, but the soon-to-be Premier League champions fought back each time before recording a last-minute 4-3 win.
Saturday's fixture is the 156th match between the two clubs, and the 149th in the league.
Newcastle's allocation for this fixture has sold out.
26th December, 2012 - Manchester United 4 (Evans 25, Evra 58, Van Persie 71, Hernandez 90) Newcastle 3 (Perch 4, Evans og 28, Cisse 68)
Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea; Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes (Tom Cleverley 69), Ryan Giggs; Javier Hernandez (Darren Fletcher 90), Robin Van Persie
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; James Perch, Gael Bigirimana (Gabriel Obertan 65), Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse (Sammy Ameobi 80), Demba Ba (Shola Ameobi 71), Sylvain Marveaux
FULL RECORD v MANCHESTER UNITED
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(Last six games - all competitions)
Manchester United - LDWDWD
Newcastle - LWWWWL
Manchester United (v Everton, Premier League): David De Gea; Rafael (Adnan Januzaj 58), Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra; Marouane Fellaini, Ryan Giggs; Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa (Nani 58), Danny Welbeck (Javier Hernandez 81); Wayne Rooney
Not used: Anders Lindegaard, Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young
Newcastle (v Swansea, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 77), Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Massadio Haidara 56); Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi (Gabriel Obertan 68), Loic Remy
Not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi
Manchester United - Wayne Rooney (8)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (8)
Manchester United - Wayne Rooney will miss out as he serves a one-game suspension for picking up five bookings. Defender Phil Jones returns from a ban but Shinji Kagawa (illness) and Robin Van Persie (back) are both slight doubts. Michael Carrick (calf) is definitely ruled out.
Newcastle - Forwards Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa should have recovered from the respective heel injury and illness which kept them out of Wednesday's game at Swansea. Ryan Taylor (knee) remains sidelined by a long-term knee injury.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
David Moyes, Manchester United manager: "They had a defeat against Swansea. But they had four straight wins before that, which is a great record to get, because I know what's it's like to win three or four games in a row in the Premier League, it's a hard thing to do. So congratulations to them, but obviously they come to Old Trafford and we're going to make it as hard and difficult for them as we can."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "I think there'll be a reaction from Manchester United to their defeat and likewise from us so it'll make for a game which is quite pressurised. Therefore we need to have calm heads in that game - and hopefully we can retain the ball better than we did at Swansea. They (Manchester United) had gone 12 games unbeaten up until that game so it's not like there's a crisis there. They've lost a game, which anybody can do in the Premier League at the moment, and their reaction is going to be a little bit larger than ours, so I think there's a bit of pressure on them."
Andre Marriner (West Midlands): 2013/14 record - 16 games, 58 yellow cards, 5 red cards
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
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DID YOU KNOW?
Manchester United have put in the most crosses in the Barclays Premier League this season - 271.