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Premier League

  • 26 November 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 75594

Manchester United - Newcastle United Preview: Alan Pardew's men looking for first win at Old Trafford in the Premier League

Sir Alex Ferguson's charges have a fantastic record against their opponents in the past few years, as they are currently undefeated in the last 17 league meetings



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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson misses the services of Tom Cleverley, who is expected to be sidelined until Christmas. Darron Gibson (ankle) and Michael Owen (thigh) are also out for the coming fixture.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are slight doubts for the encounter at Old Trafford but either could start alongside Javier Hernandez.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will have to make do without Sylvain Marveaux, who is out with a groin injury. Michael Williamson (ankle) joins the Frenchman in the treatment room. Nile Ranger and James Tavernier are also unavailable, as the duo have gone out on loan to Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.

Leon Best, Gabriel Obertan and Cheick Tiote are all doubts for this game.

  • Manchester United are undefeated in their last 17 matches against Newcastle United in the Premier League.
  • Barring Manchester City (42), the Red Devils have scored the most number of goals in the top-flight, with 29 against their name.
  • But in their last five matches in the league, Sir Alex Ferguson's men have scored only one goal in each game. This includes the draw with Liverpool and the loss to City.
  • Newcastle United have never beaten these opponents at Old Trafford in Premier League history.
  • But they are well positioned to rewrite history books, since they are currently placed fourth in the standings. Moreover, they have lost to only one team in the top-flight this season, which came in the form of a 3-1 defeat at Eastlands in the last round of games.
  • Alan Pardew's men may have conceded three goals in their last league clash, but they still remain a miserly defence. Along with Liverpool and Manchester City, they have conceded the joint fewest number of goals so far (11).
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Players to watch

W. Rooney

Position: Attacker

Games: 12

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The forward was been missed in the attacking third of the pitch, as he played in a midfield role for some time. But the lack of goals means that he would have to resume his duties as a striker, provided he is fit for this fixture.

His presence up front will likely be necessary if United are to emulate their 'noisy neighbours' by beating Alan Pardew's men on the day.

F. Coloccini

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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Newcastle may have a good defensive record so far, but the defeat to Manchester City would have left a bitter taste in their mouths. It will be of utmost importance for Fabricio Coloccini to marshal the defence well and ensure that the Red Devils are restricted in attack, since the Tyneside outfit have a history of not being able to win at Old Trafford.

Editor's Prediction

Manchester United have history on their side and will be looking to get back into form after their draw with Benfica in the Champions League.

But Newcastle United have been one of the teams to watch this season, and they could yet manage a first Premier League victory over Sir Alex's men at Old Trafford. But it appears to be an unlikely prospect given the strength in depth of both sides, and it appears that United should be able to register a victory.

Last Five Matches

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