Manchester United will be boosted by the return of a few injured players, but will be unable to field German Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger after he picked up a knee problem. The Newcastle United Captain will also miss out on this game.
The injury crisis that had afflicted the Red Devils last month seems to be over as they now have the majority of their players available for selection. The latest news is that winger Jesse Lingaard is now fit to play, but will probably start on the bench at St. James’ Park as he makes his return to the side after injury.
Juan Mata will probably miss out on this game after an ineffective showing for the Red Devils in the FA Cup game against Sheffield United and he could make way for Memphis Depay, who impressed enough in that game to warrant a call back to the starting line-up.
Apart from the experienced Spaniard, the Red Devils will also be missing the seasoned veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger, who will probably sit this one out because of a knee problem he picked up in his last game. This means that Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin will form the core of the midfield for the Red Devils.
As for Newcastle United, the biggest worry for them is the loss of their Captain Fabricio Coloccini at the heart of defense. The Argentine has been a key member of the squad, but will probably be replaced by English youngster Jamaal Lascelles.