Manchester United will be targeting a return to form when Newcastle United go to Old Trafford, with the visitors hoping to recover from Tyne-Wear derby dejection.
It was frustrating Saturday afternoon for the Red Devils as they were held to a draw by mid-table Aston Villa despite dominating possession and playing the final 25 minutes against 10 men, with Louis van Gaal ruing a missed opportunity in their attempts to catch the Premier League’s leading duo.
They lacked penetration for the most part in the West Midlands, but Radamel Falcao was there to head home the equaliser in his first start since early October, and the Colombian will be hoping for an extended run in the side to help turn his loan move into a permanent one.
Newcastle started brightly against bitter rivals Sunderland, but were eventually left to rue a lack of quality in the final third and their failure to cope with a swift 90th minute counter-attack as they slipped to a third defeat in a row in all competitions.
There was no shortage of effort from the Magpies, but manager Alan Pardew will be determined for his side not to dip into the form which dogged the early weeks of their season, particularly with positivity having so recently returned to the club.
The hosts are still without Daley Blind, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw, but they are more hopeful over Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo.
Cheick Tiote misses out for Newcastle due to suspension, while Rolando Aarons, Siem De Jong, Tim Krul, Rob Elliot and Davide Santon remain absent.
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