By Tom Easterby
Reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United are the visitors to St. James' Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Newcastle will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing defeat at St. Mary's, where they went down 4-0 to a rampant Southampton side, while David Moyes' team are coming off the back of a 1-1 home draw with European champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
League fixtues between the two Uniteds at St. James' Park have traditionally proved to be entertaining affairs, with scorelines of 5-0, 4-3 and 3-0 recorded in recent seasons.
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Saturday's match is the 157th match between the two clubs, and the 150th in the league. Manchester United boast a superior overall record against the Magpies, having won exactly half of the 156 matches between the two sides compared to Newcastle's 41. However, the Toon will be encouraged by the fact that they have the better record in clashes between the teams at St. James' Park, with 30 wins, three more than Saturday's opponents have managed.
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7th December, 2013 - Manchester United 0 Newcastle United 1 (Cabaye 61)
Manchester United (4-4-2): David de Gea; Rafael (Antonio Valencia 76), Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra; Nani (Wilfied Zaha 68), Phil Jones, Tom Cleveley (Anderson 69), Adnan Januzaj; Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tm Krul; Mathieu Debuchy (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 83), Mike Williamson, Fabicio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Shola Ameobi 78); Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 57)
FULL RECORD v MANCHESTER UNITED
P156 W41 D37 L78 F227 A299
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LLWLWW
Manchester United - DWLWWL
Newcastle United (v Southampton, Premier League): Rob Elliot; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Davide Santon 46), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Massadio Haidara; Cheick Tiote, Vunon Anita; Moussa Sissoko (Paul Dummett 78), Hatem Ben Afa (Luuk de Jong 46), Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi
Manchester United (v Bayern Munich, Champions League): David de Gea; Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Alexander Buttner (Ashley Young 74); Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ryan Giggs (Shinji Kagawa 46); Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck (Javier Hernandez 85)
Subs not used: Anders Lindegaard, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Adnan Januzaj
Newcastle - Loic Remy (13)
Manchester United - Wayne Rooney/Robin van Persie (17)
Newcastle - Moussa Sissoko has been ruled out for at least two weeks with a hamstring injury sustained in last weekend's defeat at Southampton. The French midfielder joins Tim Krul (knee), Loic Remy (calf), Mathieu Debuchy (groin), Sammy Ameobi (ankle), Gabriel Obertan (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) on the treatment table.
Manchester United - The Red Devils could be boosted by the return of defensive duo Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans from respective hamstring and calf strains. There are doubts over full-back Alexander Buttner (hamstring), midfielder Ryan Giggs (hamstring), defender Rafael (hamstring) and winger Antonio Valencia (knee). Striker Robin van Persie remains sidelined by a knee complaint.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We're all very much aware of the performance at Southampton not being good enough for this Club, and we'll do our very best this Saturday to put a performance in that is worthy. The one thing we're armed with on Saturday, which is different to Southampton, is 52,000 Geordies shouting us home, and that makes a big, big difference."
David Moyes, Manchester United manager: "The only thing we are thinking about is the Newcastle game. The focus is all on Newcastle. We have to go up there and put on a good performance and get three points, trying to build a little bit of momentum towards the end of the season. We will go there and try to do that."
Kevin Friend (Leicestershire): 2013/14 record - 26 games, 84 yellow cards, one 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
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DID YOU KNOW?
This is the first Saturday 3pm kick-off for this fixture on Tyneside since 15th September, 2001 - a game the Magpies won 4-3.