Newcastle United vs Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 5 April, 2014
15:00 KO (BST)
St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne (52,387)
Alan Pardew: “We are grinding towards the end unfortunately, and that’s not what we want. We want to be a lot more easy on the eye, and lot more fluent in what we are doing than we are. We don’t want our season to fizzle out. We have ourselves in a position now after two big defeats where we have to have a big response.”
Starting XI from: Rob Elliot, Jak Alnwick; Davide Santon, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor; Gael Bigirimana, Vernon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa; Yoan Gouffran, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse, Luuk de Jong
Unavailable: Tim Krul (knee), Mathieu Debuchy (groin), Ryan Taylor (knee), Moussa Sissoko (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (knee), Loic Remy (calf), Sammy Ameobi (ankle)
Top scorer: Loic Remy (13)
Most assists: Moussa Sissoko (5)
Home record: P16 W7 D3 L6 F19 A22 Pts24
Home form: L L L W W L
David Moyes: “My focus is only on Newcastle. It’s important to keep trying to build some momentum and get the three points. We also have an extra day’s recovery this week, as we play Bayern on Wednesday. The message to the players is the next game is the most important one and that’s Newcastle. You can never question the character of Manchester United. It is there and it is ingrained in the football club.”
Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos; Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata, Nani; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez
Doubts: Rafael da Silva (hamstring), Ryan Giggs (groin), Wayne Rooney (toe)
Unavailable: Robin van Persie (knee)
Top scorer: Wayne Rooney (15)
Most assists: Wayne Rooney (10)
Away record: P16 W9 D3 L4 F30 A19 Pts30
Away form: L L D W W W
Away record vs Newcastle: P76 W28 D17 L31 F116 A142
Last five meetings
United 0-1 Newcastle (07-12-13)
United 4-3 Newcastle (26-12-12)
Newcastle 0-3 United (07-10-12)
United 2-1 Newcastle (26-09-12) LC
Newcastle 3-0 United (04-01-12)
Referee: Kevin Friend.
The 42-year-old official has overseen 15 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 50 yellow cards and 1 red card. He has awarded 3 penalties. Was last seen by United fans during the now infamous 2-2 home draw with Fulham back at the beginning of February.
Assistants: J Flynn, R West.
Fourth Official: C Boyeson.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will watch the match from the stands as he continues to serve a 7-match suspension for headbutting Hull’s David Meyler.
United have not lost a Premier League game this season in which they have taken the lead (W12 D2).
United have the best away record in the Premier League with 30 points from 16 matches.
Newcastle have failed to find the back of the net in 10 of their last 14 Premier League fixtures.
Wayne Rooney has scored 10 Premier League goals against Newcastle United.
Newcastle haven’t completed a league double over United since 1930-31.
Newcastle 11/4 Draw 5/2 United 19/20
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