Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini will be hoping to derail Manchester United's attacking force.Reuters

Newcastle United play host to Manchester United at the St James' Park for the weekend Premier League fixture on Saturday.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:25pm BST.


Newcastle have only managed to win three of their last 10 matches in the league and have lost their last two matches.

In their previous fixture, the Magpies were handed a 4-0 thrashing by Southampton at the St Mary's Stadium last Saturday. The defeat saw Alan Pardew's side drop to ninth spot in the league table with 46 points after playing 32 matches.

Meanwhile, United come into this game having held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on 1 April.

The Red Devils took the lead after the break as Nemanja Vidic headed home from a corner in the 58th minute. Bastian Schweinsteiger netted the equaliser for the reigning Bundesliga and European champions eight minutes later, stealing a valuable away goal.

In their last league fixture, David Moyes' side brushed aside Aston Villa at home with a 4-1 scoreline last weekend.

Paul Lambert's side took a shock lead in the 13th minute when Ashley Westwood scored from a free kick. However, the Villans joy was short lived as Wayne Rooney restored parity seven minutes later.

The England international then converted a penalty before half time after Juan Mata was fouled inside the box. Later, the Spaniard scored his team's third goal, thus getting his name on the scoresheet for the first time in United colours. Javier Hernandez scored a goal in injury time to complete the rout.

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney scored two to help Manchester United beat Aston Villa 4-1.Reuters

The victory helped the English champions close the gap on fourth placed Arsenal to 10 points but it still keeps them rooted to seventh spot in the table with 54 points from 32 matches.

They have six games to play till the end of the campaign and need the Gunners as well as fifth and sixth placed teams - Everton and Tottenham Hotspur - to drop points for them to stand a chance of finishing fourth this season.

Pardew will be certainly hoping for home comforts to help his players bounce back from poor form although his injury-stricken squad gives him meagre options.

While Moyes is without the services of his stellar strikers Rooney and Robin van Persie, he will be rooting for other strikers to spring up to the occasion.

What Managers Say

Alan Pardew: "We're all very much aware of the performance at Southampton not being good enough for this Club, and we'll do our very best this Saturday to put a performance in that is worthy. It's difficult, because Manchester United have had a little upsurge, particularly with the result against Munich where they were terrific, and they'll bring that bounce and that step to our place."

David Moyes: "The only thing we are thinking about is the Newcastle game. The focus is all on Newcastle. We have to go up there and put on a good performance and get three points, trying to build a little bit of momentum towards the end of the season. We will go there and try to do that. Obviously I have got other things on the mind, but the focus is Newcastle and we will try to balance things out correctly."

Team Form

David Moyes
David Moyes will be keen to prevent Newcastle United from doing the double this season.Reuters

Newcastle United

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L W L W
  • Last Result: Southampton 4-0 Newcastle United

Manchester United

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W L W W
  • Last Result: Manchester United 1-1 Bayern Munich

Team News

Newcastle United

  • Injured: Mathieu Debuchy (groin), Moussa Sissoko (hamstring), Loic Remy (calf), Tim Krul (knee), Sammy Ameobi (ankle), Ryan Taylor (knee), Gabriel Obertan (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Elliot; Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara; Ben Arfa, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran; Cisse, De Jong

Manchester United

  • Injured: Robin van Persie (knee), Wayne Rooney (toe), Ryan Giggs (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: Rafael (thigh)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Fletcher, Jones; Januzaj, Mata, Young; Welbeck