Last season, Newcastle United won its first match at Old Trafford in over three decades. They’ll look to make it two in a row at the home of Manchester United this Boxing Day (Watch live at 10am ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
Yohan Cabaye’s goal spirited Newcastle past the Red Devils last December, but much has changed for both teams in the interim. The Magpies sold Cabaye and are down 10 regular players, including their top two goalkeepers, for this encounter.
Newcastle starts hometown 17-year-old Adam Armstrong as a lone striker, and has three untested youngsters on the bench in Lubomir Satka, Freddie Woodman and Harris Vuckic.
Meanwhile Manchester United has fired David Moyes, brought in Louis van Gaal and purchased a host of players including Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo.
Only one of those, Falcao, is in the 18 for Friday’s match.
Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, McNair, Evans, Valencia, Carrick, Rooney, Mata, Young, van Persie, Falcao
Subs: Lindegaard, Rafael, Smalling, Blackett, Fletcher, A.Pereira, Wilson
Newcastle United: Alnwick; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), S.Taylor, Dummett; Colback, Anita; Sissoko, Perez, Gouffran; Armstrong
Subs: Woodman, Williamson, Satka, Cabella, Vuckic, Riviere, Cisse.