Manchester United vs Newcastle United – Predicted starting XI

by Tom Newbold

This years Boxing Day fixtures see Manchester United host Newcastle United, as teams look to fully utilise their squads in the busy festive season. After an impressive 3-0 away win earlier in the season, the team from Manchester will be looking to do the double over the Magpies.


David de Gea De Gea’s recent first-team inclusions suggest he will remain in that spot at home to Newcastle. Deservedly so too.

Phil Jones – With no update on Rafael’s injury, Phil Jones is likely to be picked again at right-back.

Nemanja Vidic – With a fully-fit complement of central defenders, this position is hardest to predict. After an unscathed return against Swansea, Vidic may well keep his place against Newcastle as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to give him a run of games.

Jonny Evans – After partnering Vidic against Swansea, Evans will most likely start again in this match.

Patrice Evra – The Frenchman will probably be rested soon but as Newcastle are likely to play with width, Evra’s experience may be key.

Ashley Young Of Manchester United’s two available wingers, Young is more on form than Antonio Valencia. If only one of the two start against Newcastle, Young is certainly the favourite.

Paul Scholes – Injuries have left Newcastle thin in terms of midfield options, making it likely that Ferguson will continue to use a two-man midfield rather than the diamond he used against the Magpies earlier in the season. The veteran Scholes is well overdue a first-team start.

Darren Fletcher – Fletcher is another not to have played recently and after partnering Scholes earlier in the season, may well do again in this fixture. His defensive combativeness may be effective in defending against Newcastle.

Danny Welbeck – Welbeck is undoubtedly more effective up front but he needs minutes and does offer penetration out left. The Englishman’s ability to cut inside may also cause Newcastle problems centrally.

Javier Hernandez – Hernandez is an option to come into the side after Wayne Rooney’s poor performance versus Swansea.

Robin van Persie – Van Persie was one of the few good performers against Swansea, and in the possible absence of Rooney, the Dutchman will almost certainly start.


The 4-4-2 is again likely to be used against Newcastle. The diamond formation was used earlier in the season at St. James’ Park, but a depleted Newcastle squad and home advantage means Ferguson is likely to choose a formation with more natural width. With such a big pool of players available, it is increasingly hard to predict the starting line-up, but there will certainly be rotation in this match.

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chynko 12/26/2012 - 12:37

Ferguson should of sign Wesley sneijder, he shouldn’t hv let him slip away every body knowns his class…. His now A tottenham player

chynko 12/26/2012 - 12:13

Playing vidic & evans at the back line is d most preferable since theirs no other bt It scares me the way they commits in tackle , Its A nice thing the hv improved, bt we need to create more playing time between them to improve their team work….

chynko 12/26/2012 - 12:03

I ll prefer cleverly & anderson @ d mid-field, thou carrick has been underestimated & has been fantastic through out d season thou didn’t Contribute to goals & assist bt keep d tempo of d game. Ferguson is d manager & we Cant known more than him, bt he should go with playing players lik :dea gea, rafeal, vidic, evans, evra, young, cleverly, ando, kagawa, rooney & RVP to maintain d 4-4-2 formation we best operate at moreover other should be left out since Its A rotational squad . The squad need some trimming lik looking into d contract of underachieving players lik ferdinard, giggs, nani, fletcher, bebe, king to be brought to an end.

Aks 12/26/2012 - 11:43

I think the defence duo vidic and evans can face real madrid they just need more game together to understend and communication to each other to make the defence solid both are wonderful defender who can score goal too.

Aks 12/26/2012 - 11:36

United defence is good but midfield i would like to start cleversly and fletcher the rest in good and united will beat newcastle 3-1

markos haile 12/26/2012 - 08:59

What a starting line up? With out rooney and carrick in such a vital game is not advisable. Rafael should also started if he is fit.

Babangida bello 12/26/2012 - 08:21

I think Anderson and carrick be in middle

konduankaunga 12/26/2012 - 07:19


gbenga 12/26/2012 - 07:00

i think schoes and cleverly should be ok in the midfield.

Abuh Emmanuel 12/26/2012 - 06:29

By God grace with d happiness of dis christmas man utd going 2 win d march

Whakheel 12/26/2012 - 06:09

I tink scoos&clevaly is ok,fletcha cn cmes in later&carik rest,dn runi must stat,or else Vp,may find it dificut to see ball,i tink if chicharito shud cmes in later as main fowod&i blv any formation man u is wining

mansfield 12/26/2012 - 05:36

we need power and pace at midfield so Carrick and cleverly or jones will do fine

Demmy damola 12/26/2012 - 05:11

Any-way, for me i preffer cleverly scholes in make the formation balance well well.

Onichabor u emmanuel 12/26/2012 - 03:55

Alex pls sign players in january transfers midfild is our problm.snidjer,ozil,gotse.u were sayin no january signin pls o.pls make us happy o we are payin 2 watch match here pls

Onichabor u emmanuel 12/26/2012 - 03:49

Stop dis joke,fletcher and scholes?wit dis formation we are loosin dis 3point let jus say we are topin man city wit just a point wit dis formation,pls be serious ok.pls bring snijder january and let us v rest of mind in d midfild.alex pls.

donnydoncrow 12/26/2012 - 02:59

my thought (maybe) SAF gonna play: DDG Jones Evans Vidic Evra Carrick Cleverly Rooney Kagawa van Persie Hernandez. with Rooney in midfield could be better to cover weakness in midfield and defence. with Kagawa (if he fully fit) behind van Persie and Hernandez, we have great combination for speed and creativity finishing in front with supply from Kagawa.

just hope our youngster will playing for backup, such as Wootton, Powell, Buttner.

fari 12/26/2012 - 00:40

Scholes and Fletcher are not a good combination. both haven’t had regular football, may be they should come as subs.

agibu jalloh 12/25/2012 - 21:13

poor formation,schols and fletcher at midfield.we should use ander,cleve

kman 12/26/2012 - 02:59

anderson is injured

sabiiti steven 12/25/2012 - 20:57

whaaat!!! u must b joking starting schosey and fletcher in mfield against newcastle!!!!! tiotes absence not withstanding, fletcher pliiiz pliiiz nolonger z the sem man hiz ever bin jst 4get that completly!!!!! scholes has slowed downn so much this season!!! we’ve got to grab 3 points today and that leaves cleverly and carrick in mid field koz tis abounce back gem! weve got to kip the ball against castle koz unlike swansea they play 2 out and out big strikers ba en cisse,we nid carrik,cleverly!! trakin bak! not scholes tis nt hiz hobby!!!! scholes fletcher kan only kam later

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