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Jon Riley 25th Sep 2012 - 20:34

Chicharito to prove he's no forgotten man!

Newcastle United travel to Lancashire looking end an awful run against Manchester United that has seen them go forty years without beating the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

The Magpies though, were one of two clubs who took points off Sir Alex Ferguson's side twice last season (along with Manchester City), and they recorded a memorable 3-0 victory when the sides met on Tyneside in January. It was a winter night to forget on Tyneside for the Reds as Newcastle made it four points out of six from the two league encounters with a deserved 3-0 success at the Sports Direct Arena. Demba Ba opened the scoring before Yohan Cabaye's explosive free-kick and Phil Jones' late own goal compounded the visitors' misery.

Both teams have made encouraging starts to this season and would welcome a cup run in the Capital One Cup.

Man United have recovered strongly since losing to Everton in the opening match of the season, winning their last five in the Premier League and Champions League. The four victories in the Barclays Premier League have taken the Reds to second in the table behind Chelsea. The last of those coming in a hard-earned victory against fierce rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Newcastle have followed up last term's impressive campaign by also starting well. Sunday's 1-0 win against Norwich City moved the Magpies up to 10th and their fighting spirit earned a valuable point at Everton recently. Eight points from five games means that the Geordies will be fairly confident of pulling off a shock win against Man United.

The hosts are expected to hand fit-again midfielder Darren Fletcher his first start for 10 months. Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt use this game as an opportunity to rotate his squad, so Angelo Henrique could make his debut, while Nick Powell, Alex Buttner and David de Gea also coming into contention.

Newcastle duo Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote could make their comebacks from injury but Alan Pardew will have to decide whether the game has come too soon for Tim Krul and Danny Simpson, but they are expected back in training this week.

William Hill has two Headline Offers for this tie. The Enhanced Anytime Wincasts are focused on Javier Hernandez and Papiss Cisse. The price on Hernandez scoring anytime in a home win has been enhanced from 8/5 to 2/1 while you can back Cisse doing the same for the visitors is 12/1, enhanced from 7s.

Manchester United v Newcastle United Opta Facts

  • The two Uniteds have faced each other twice in this competition previously, securing a home win apiece.
  • In the Premier League, the Magpies are undefeated in their past three meetings with Manchester United (W1 D2).
  • Manchester United have won their last five matches in all competitions.
  • Newcastle have suffered just one loss in all competitions this season and are undefeated in their last five outings (W2 D3).
  • Manchester United have come out on top in seven of their eight cup meetings (in all competitions), including the Community Shield, with the Magpies winning once.

Match betting
Man Utd 1/2 Draw 3/1 Newcastle 6/1
Correct Score
Man Utd 1-0 15/2
Man Utd 2-0 7/1
Man Utd 4-1 18/1
Newcastle 1-0 18/1
Newcastle 3-1 50/2
Newcastle 3-2 50/1
First goalscorer
Robin van Persie 11/4, Javier Hernandez 9/2, Danny Welbeck 5/1, Papiss Cisse 8/1, Demba Ba 9/1.


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