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Old Trafford (ATT 75,596) 26th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Dean

Man Utd Manchester United vs Newcastle United Newcastle

Man Utd 4

J Evans (25)
P Evra (58)
R van Persie (71)
J Hernandez (90)


Newcastle 3

J Perch (4)
J Evans (og 28)
P Cisse (68)

Premier League: Table-topping Manchester United entertain inconsistent Newcastle

Last Updated: 24/12/12 9:16am

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Looking for Manchester United to cement their standing at the summit

Sir Alex Ferguson: Looking for Manchester United to cement their standing at the summit

League leaders Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways on Boxing Day when they entertain Newcastle.

United saw their lead at the summit cut to four points over the pre-Christmas weekend, with a 1-1 draw away at Swansea allowing the chasing pack to close in.

The Red Devils are, however, unbeaten in six and have taken maximum points from five of their fixtures.

Just three points have been dropped at Old Trafford so far, and Sir Alex Ferguson's side remain the top scoring side in the division - with the target found 44 times in 18 games.

Keeping an enviable array of attacking talent quiet is the task facing Newcastle on Wednesday, as they look to kick-start their campaign heading into the New Year.

The Magpies are still searching for consistency at the halfway stage, with just five points separating them from the drop zone.

Alan Pardew will be keen to keep his side looking upwards, though, and a morale-boosting showing at Old Trafford could be just the catalyst they need to get up and running.

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Sir Alex Ferguson is certain to make changes to his Manchester United starting XI.

Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling and Darren Fletcher will be amongst those hoping to be involved, having been benched or overlooked against Swansea.

Rafael needs to shrug off the hamstring injury that kept him out of the Liberty Stadium encounter, but he could come back into contention for a full-back berth.

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Gabriel Obertan will be hoping to figure at some stage for Newcastle against his former employers.

The French winger made his return from injury in a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday and, with so many attacking talents currently sidelined, he could be offered an opportunity to impress against the side that brought him to England.

Cheik Tiote must serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against QPR, while Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Ryan Taylor (knee) all remain out of action.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • De Gea 1 De Gea
  • Rafael 2 Rafael
  • McNair 33 McNair
  • Rojo 5 Rojo
  • Shaw 3 Shaw
  • Blind 17 Blind
  • Herrera 21 Herrera

  • Di Maria 7 Di Maria

  • Rooney 10 Rooney
  • van Persie 20 van Persie
  • Falcao 9 Falcao

Team taken from Manchester United vs West Ham United (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 27th September 2014

  • Krul 1 Krul
  • Janmaat 22 Janmaat
  • Williamson 6 Williamson
  • Coloccini 2 Coloccini
  • Dummett 36 Dummett
  • Tiote 24 Tiote
  • Colback 14 Colback
  • Sissoko 7 Sissoko
  • Cabella 20 Cabella

  • Gouffran 11 Gouffran

  • Riviere 29 Riviere

Team taken from Newcastle United vs Stoke City (Barclays Premier League) on Monday 29th September 2014

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