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Newcastle v Man Utd: Ryan Returns

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Ryan Taylor returns to the Newcastle United starting line-up for Wednesday's Barclays Premier League fixture against Manchester United at St. James' Park (7.45pm kick-off).

The 30-year-old has only started two games all season - his last coming in November against Queens Park Rangers - following successive cruciate ligament injuries which had previously sidelined him since August 2012.

Taylor replaces left-back Massadio Haidara, who has failed to recover from the knee injury which forced him off against Aston Villa on Saturday, and that is the only change to the Magpies ranks.

Head coach John Carver is expected to keep faith with the 4-4-2 formation which earned United all three points, and that means goalkeeper Tim Krul will be protected by a back four of Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Taylor.

Gabriel Obertan and Sammy Ameobi will provide the width on either flank, with Moussa Sissoko and Mehdi Abeid patrolling the middle of the park.

And in the final third, Emmanuel Riviere is handed his second successive start, alongside 11-goal leading scorer Papiss Cisse.

On the substitutes' bench there is a place for 19-year-old defender Lubomir Satka. The Slovakian made his first-team debut in January in Newcastle's FA Cup exit at Leicester City.

And the rookie is joined among the replacements by Jonas Gutierrez, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong, Yoan Gouffran, Vurnon Anita and birthday boy, 18-year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

Manchester United also just make a single change from their 2-0 victory over Sunderland at the weekend, with midfielder Marouane Fellaini replacing Moncao loanee Radamel Falcao.

That means captain Wayne Rooney, who has been deployed in midfield in recent weeks, is back in a striking position.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi; Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse

Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Lubomir Satka, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong


Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo; Ander Herrera, Daley Blind; Angel Di Maria, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young; Wayne Rooney (c)

Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Paddy McNair, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Radamel Falcao


Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester)

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