Rooney to lead The Red Devils against The Magpies

Last updated: January 6, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Tuesday, 7:45pm
Venue: St. James’ Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLDW
Away form: WDLLL
Last season: 0-1
Competition: The Premier League

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United’s superstar, has finally shown his best performance. The striker played very well against Swansea and helped The Red Devils to earn the three points. Rooney scored a magnificent back-heel goal in the 77th minute of the game at Old Trafford and secured the victory for his team. Now, Rooney will be even more confident against Newcastle and he will be looking to increase his goal tally for this season.

To continue, Manchester United’s playing style was quite different and the team seemed really motivated to win the previous match. The Red Devils created many goal-scoring chances and played more aggressive against The Swans. This change is because of the discontent shown by the fans, who want to see well-known attacking Man United. So, van Gaal showed good flexibility, changing the tactics.

Newcastle aren’t performing as bad as the results show! The Magpies lost their last 3 Premier League matches, but they are just too unlucky in front of the opponents’ goal. Newcastle didn’t deserve to lose in the last round against Arsenal. The Magpies created 11 good goal-scoring chances and eventually lost 0-1. So, definitely Newcastle are playing much better now than at the beginning of the season.

Team News

Marcos Rojo has recovered from his shoulder injury. He has taken part in 6 Premier League matches so far and now is expected to start again.

Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are all injured and are missing the match against The Magpies. Shaw is going to return in March.

Papiss Cisse received a groin strain in December 2015 and won’t be ready to play. However, the Senegalese has scored only twice this season.

7 more players are injured for Newcastle: Tim Krul (knee ligament injury), Obertan (hamstring), Riviere (knee injury), Haidara (groin strain), Aarons (ankle injury), Williamson (hamstring), Anita (hamstring).

Quotes of the week

Steve McClaren  from Newcastle Steve McClaren (Newcastle) : “We’re working hard to change things and we keep plugging away.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “I hope that it can give a boost to Rooney because the goal was fantastic.”

Expected line-ups:

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Elliot, Coloccini, Janmaat, Dummett, Mbemba, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Anita, Thauvin, Ayoze, Mitrovic
Subs Woodman, de Jong, Darlow, Mbabu, Gouffran, Tiote, Colback.
Injured: Riviere, Taylor, Aarons, Williamson, Krul, Obertan, Haïdara, Cisse.
Not available:
Man United (4-4-2): De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Young, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Martial, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Pereira, Jones, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Memphis, Fellaini.
Injured: Shaw, Lingard, Valencia.
Not available:

So far this season

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Newcastle this season Manchester United this season
18 League Position 5
2 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (4)
6-2 vs. Norwich Biggest win 3-0 vs. Sunderland and Everton
4 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (2)
4 (7) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (4)
1-6 to Man City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Wijnaldum (7) Top scorer Martial (5)
Sissoko (5) Assist Leader Mata (3)
Y38, R3 Discipline Y33, R0
10 Failures to score 7
4 Clean Sheets 10
8 Both Teams to Score Games 8
9 Over 2.5 Games 10
11 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • The last match between these two teams ended with a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on 22nd August 2015. That was one of 4 clean sheets Newcastle have recorded from the beginning of the season.
  • Manchester United won the last three visits to St. James’ Park, scoring 8 goals and conceding none in their net. So, The Red Devils are the favourites for winning the game.
  • The Red Devils’ last away victory was on 21st November, when Manchester United beat Watford 2-1. Troy Deeney’s late own goal secured the points for van Gaal’s team.
  • Newcastle have won only twice at home so far. The Magpies have recorded 4 draws and 4 defeats at St. James’ Park in The Premier League.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
22/08/15 The Premier League Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle
04/03/15 The Premier League Newcastle 0-1 Manchester United Young 89′
26/12/14 The Premier League Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle W. Rooney 23′
05/04/14 The Premier League Newcastle 0-4 Manchester United Mata 39′
07/12/13 The Premier League Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle Cabaye 61′