Newcastle v Man Utd: Three Changes
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Dan Gosling's inclusion is one of three changes to Newcastle's starting line-up for the visit of Manchester United
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Alan Pardew has made three changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up as Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United arrive at St. James' Park (3pm kick-off).
For Gosling, it is a first Barclays Premier League start since December 2011, away at Norwich, where he was sent off for two yellow cards.
Since then, the midfielder has been used exclusively as a substitute and spent time on loan at Blackpool earlier this season.
Newcastle will line-up in a slightly reshuffled 4-4-2 formation, with goalkeeper Rob Elliot behind a back four of Santon, deployed on the right, Mike Williamson, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Massadio Haidara.
Up front, Dutch international de Jong will play just off Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Anders Lindegaard; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Patrice Evra; Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini; Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa; Javier Hernandez
Substitutes: David de Gea, Alexander BÃ¼ttner, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley, Adnan Januzaj, Nani, James Wilson
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)