Manchester United - Newcastle Preview: Magpies aiming to win at Old Trafford for first time in 40 years
Alan Pardew's men will be hoping to replicate last season's unexpected 3-0 win against the Red Devils as they bring a second string XI to Old Trafford in the League Cup
By Ewan Roberts
Valencia, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner
Fletcher, Anderson, Powell
Perch, Williamson, S Taylor, Santon
Gosling, Tiote, Bigirimana
Obertan, Sh Ameobi, Amalfitano
Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to rest many key players and give some of Manchester United's youngsters a chance to impress against Newcastle. Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell, scorers against Wigan in the recent Premier League meeting, are likely to start.
Nemanja Vidic (knee) missed United's clash with Liverpool and is unlikely to be risked. Chris Smalling (metatarsal) and Phil Jones (knee) remain sidelined, so Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand should continue in central defence.
Rafael was withdrawn late on against Liverpool with a knock, so Antonio Valencia could be drafted in at right-back. David de Gea hopes to reclaim his starting spot between the posts ahead of Anders Lindegaard.
Darren Fletcher could be handed his first start in 10 months as he continues his recovery from a chronic bowel condition. The Scottish midfielder came off the bench against Galatasaray in the Champions League.
Alan Pardew is expected to field a side similar to the one which drew 0-0 in Portugal against Maritimo. Cheikh Tiote came on as a late sub for Vurnon Anita at the weekend and could start as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.
Tim Krul (elbow) remains unavailable, so Rob Elliot may start in goal, with Steve Harper rested for Newcastle’s next league game. The match might come too soon for Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson, both recovering from hamstring injuries.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester United have won the League Cup four times in their history (behind only Aston Villa and Liverpool), last winning the tournament in the 2009-10 season.
- United have attempted more crosses per game (29) than any other side in the Premier League.
- After going 18 games unbeaten against Newcastle, Sir Alex Ferguson's men lost 3-0 against the Magpies last season.
- Robin van Persie currently leads the Premier League goalscoring charts but just one other Man Utd player has struck more than once this season: Rafael (pictured right).
- Newcastle have never won the League Cup and reached the final just once in 1976, when they lost to Manchester City.
- Alan Pardew's side have not won at Old Trafford since 1972. Newcastle are 6/1 with Bet365 to beat Manchester United in normal time and break that streak.
- The last time that these two sides met in the League Cup was in 1994, a game that the Magpies won 2-0.
- Away from home, Newcastle have averaged just three shots on target per game this season. Against Maritimo in the Europa League, they hit the woodwork three times.
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Top 3 Predictions
Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle United
- 16.68 %
Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United
- 15.62 %
Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle United
- 15.6 %
|Premier League (EPL)||7 Dec 2013||Manchester United 0 - Newcastle United 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||26 Dec 2012||Manchester United 4 - Newcastle United 3|
|Premier League (EPL)||7 Oct 2012||Newcastle United 0 - Manchester United 3|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||26 Sep 2012||Manchester United 2 - Newcastle United 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||4 Jan 2012||Newcastle United 3 - Manchester United 0|
|21 Dec 2013||Manchester United 3 - West Ham 1||EPL|
|18 Dec 2013||Stoke City 0 - Manchester United 2||CCUP|
|15 Dec 2013||Aston Villa 0 - Manchester United 3||EPL|
|10 Dec 2013||Manchester United 1 - Shakhtar Donetsk 0||UCL|
|7 Dec 2013||Manchester United 0 - Newcastle United 1||EPL|
|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
With a shortage of fit wingers, United could be forced to play a narrow 4-3-1-2 formation against Newcastle. As such, the onus will be on Buttner to provide width, balance and penetration down the left flank. The Dutchman scored and assisted in his debut against Wigan, and could exploit Newcastle’s understrength right side which was regularly exposed by Maritimo winger Sami.
A physical, bullish striker, Ameobi laid on a brilliant chested assist for Demba Ba against Everton. But just days later against Maritimo, Ameobi showed another, more frustrating side of his game as he spurned countless chances to put the Magpies ahead. For Newcastle to win, Ameobi must not only work hard in providing an out-ball, but also convert the few chances that come his way.
With both teams set to field weakened sides, the match could be decided by which club has the greater strength in depth. On that front, United edge the contest. Newcastle’s second string struggled in Portugal, and will face a much tougher test at Old Trafford. Solid at the back, structured in midfield, and led up front by the talented pairing of Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, the Red Devils should have too much class for the inexperienced reserve side the Magpies are likely to deploy.
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