Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(80) 49 Goals 18 (43)
(61) 38 Assists 10 (24)
(6.9) 7.1 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
29.7 Average Age 28.3
183.1 Average Height (cm) 182.7
(1.1) 1.2 Shots pg 1 (1.1)
(53%) 51% Aerial Duel Success 52% (49%)
(0.4) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.6)
(1.5) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.3 (1.3)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Anderson Out 6.63
Rafael Out 7.32
Shinji Kagawa Out 6.89
Nani Out 6.69
Player Reason Status Rating
Hatem Ben Arfa Out 7.01
Yohan Cabaye Out 7.15
Haris Vuckic Out N/A
Steven Taylor Out 6.65
Ryan Taylor Out 6.51
Dan Gosling Out 6.06
Cheick Tioté Out 6.8

Team News

  • Rafael, Nani, Anderson and Kagawa are all nearing a return to fitness but this game is likely to come too soon for them to feature.
  • Vidic made his starting return to action at the weekend and it remains to be seen if Ferguson will opt to avoid playing the Serbian twice in a week, with Evans also back fit and available.
  • Ferdinand and Smalling both missed out on the entire squad for the game against Swansea but could come back into contention to face Newcastle.
  • With key players such as Cabaye and Ben Arfa sidelined, Newcastle will be without Tiote for the trip to United as he is suspended having picked up his fifth booking of the season.
  • Shola Ameobi's winner against QPR may have earned the striker a start ahead of misfiring Papiss Cisse.
  • Marveuax also made an impact from the bench and may replace Tiote in the only other change to the side that won at the weekend.

Prediction

  • United were comfortable winners against Newcastle earlier in the season and in the 37 Premier League encounters between the sides the Magpies have only won 4 times, including a 3-0 win at St James' Park last season.
  • After a disappointing result against Swansea Alex Ferguson will demand more cutting edge from his side on Boxing Day and the Red Devils usually respond in kind.
  • With a number of key players absent back-to-back victories for Alan Pardew's side seem very unlikely, and United should keep their distance at the top of the table.
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Comments (8)

 
  • INSANE!!! 'We're Man United, we do what we want' Never say die in one word UNITED

  • CHICHARITO'S WON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Manchester United 2 -Newcastle United 3 Mancheser Is Loser...

  • 2-2 roonie*2 cabaye ba

  • Sorry Marveaux not Maeveaux......

  • Newcastle could have won if key players Ben Arfa,Cabaye and Tiote would not have been out......Now coudn't see anything else than United winning it unless Ba or Maeveaux create something special.....

  • 2-0

  • We have to win this one! Swansea was very lucky to keep 1 point at home ,but last year they was better than us ,when we took all the 3 points from Liberty Stadium so we don't have a bad word about that. Newcastle is really weak this season so everything except victory non-acceptable for United! 3-1

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