Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney will have no excuses if he can't regain his goalscoring former of 2011/12 Getty

Manchester United take on Newcastle United in the 2015/16 Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Saturday, 22 August.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 12:45pm BST. Live coverage is on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultra HD. Radio commentary is on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the game on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:20pm GMT.


With two wins from first two league games, Manchester United have started the new season on a bright note. They secured victories against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa with a scoreline of 1-0 in both fixtures.

Two clean sheets in the league will please manager Louis van Gaal and summer signing Sergio Romero. He is likely to continue between the posts since the issue about David de Gea's future has still not been resolved.

Papiss Cisse
Papiss Cisse will hope to start against Manchester United. Reuters

In the last fixture, United conceded the first goal of the season as they came from behind to win 3-1 against Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off at Old Trafford. A victory in the second leg will confirm their place in the group stages of the European competition.

Newcastle are without a win despite having appointed Steve McLaren as their new manager. They settled for a 2-2 draw against Southampton in the opening game followed by a 2-0 defeat to Swansea away from home.

What They Say

Louis van Gaal: "Yes, of course. It's a matter of time. Maybe it shall happen tomorrow. You never know. I think Schweinsteiger can still do better because when you are not fit enough then it is difficult to show your highest level. But I think it's also a matter of time and we have seen a solution in rotating our [second] captain, Michael Carrick, with Schweinsteiger. I think it's a very good solution because we can spare them both for the big moments."

Steve McClaren: "He's [Rooney] got to be right up there as one of England's greatest. His record speaks for itself. When he's long gone and finished and you look back he'll be one of the greatest to have played for England. He may not be appreciated now but he will be in 10 years' time. And probably his best is still to come."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Manchester United to win: 3/8
  • Draw: 77/19
  • Newcastle United to win: 35/4

Team Form

Manchester United

  • Last Five (all competitions): W W W L W
  • Last Result: Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge

Newcastle United

  • Last Five (all competitions): L D L L D
  • Last Result: Swansea City 2 -0 Newcastle United

Team News

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal has blamed his players for giving away ball possession too often during Manchester United's win over Aston Villa. Getty

Manchester United

  • Injured: Phil Jones
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Marouane Fellaini

Possible XI: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin; Mata, Januzaj, Depay; Rooney

Newcastle United

  • Injured: Paul Dummett, Sylvain Marveaux, Emmanuel Riviere
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Daryl Janmaat

Possible XI: Krul; Williamson, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Anita, Colback; Taylor, Wijnaldum, Thauvin; Cisse