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Man Utd v Newcastle: Obertan Returns

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Gabriel Obertan returns to the starting line-up for Newcastle United as they face Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

The winger has missed the last two games with a toe infection, but is fully recovered and comes back against his former side, for who he left for Tyneside in August.

Obertan replaces teenager Sammy Ameobi on the right flank, with the youngster dropping down to the substitutes' bench.

That aside, it is the same set of players who impressed last weekend at Manchester City but suffered a 3-1 defeat - only the Magpies' first Premier League reversal of the season.

It means Hatem Ben Arfa is once again given a free role just behind lone striker Demba Ba, and Danny Guthrie continues to deputise for the injured Cheick Tiote in the middle of the park.

Premier League champions Manchester United welcome back Wayne Rooney, and there is also a place for ex-Wallsend Boys Club midfielder Michael Carrick.


Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea; Fabio da Silva, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic (c), Patrice Evra; Nani, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young; Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez

Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Darron Gibson, Ji-Sung Park, Antonio Valencia, Federico Macheda 


Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa; Demba Ba

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi