Newcastle United v Manchester United (4pm)
By Dean Farley
Monday 08 Oct 2012 17:56:00
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Newcastle United v Manchester United (4pm)
7th October
Referee - Howard Webb


Newcastle entertain Manchester United at St James' Park on Sunday with a 4pm kick off. This fixture will be televised live on Sky Sports.
    Both sides were in European action in midweek. Fergie's men left Cluj with a 2-1 win while Newcastle defeated Bordeaux 3-0.
    Of course, the last time that the two sides met at St James', the game resulted in a memorable 3-0 victory for Newcastle United. Alan Pardew has yet ti suffer a defeat against Manchester United in the Premier League as Newcastle manager. He will be looking to continue that brilliant statistic. 
    That remains the last time Manchester United lost consecutive Premier League games and they arrive at Gallowgate on the back of a 2-3 home defeat by Spurs - can history repeat itself? 
    Steve Harper will remain in goal as Tim Krul is yet to recover from his elbow injury that he suffered on international duty. Rob Elliot also picked up an injury in midweek, therefore youngster Jack Alnwick is expected to be called up as cover. 
     Ryan Taylor and Steven Taylor both remain out, but there's a chance that Fabricio Coloccini could feature. Danny Simpson completed 90 minutes in midweek and comes into contention for a place against his old side.
    Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Davide Santon were all rested in midweek and are available. 
    Jonny Evans is doubtful with a dead leg while Ashley Young, Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones are all currently sidelined. Chris Smalling may return however. 
     Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia were omitted from the Champions League squad for Tuesday and available for selection on Sunday.
    Robin van Persie should make his first visit to SJP as a Manchester United player, having appeared here for Arsenal on five occasions (won 2, drawn 2, lost 1).
    The Dutchman found the net in just one of those five appearances, scoring twice in the memorable 4-4 draw back in February 2011.
    In six of their nine games in all competitions this season, Fergie's mob have conceded the opening goal - but have recovered to win four times (losing the other two). 



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