- Manchester United looking to keep up 100% start to the season
- Fully fit squad other than Jones, who is still unavailable due to illness
- Newcastle managed by former United assistant Steve McClaren
Venue: Old Trafford Date and Kick-off: Saturday 22 August 12.45pm (BST)
Manchester United return to Old Trafford in search of a third straight league victory this season on the back of a 3-1 win against Club Brugge in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.
United have made a perfect start to the season, having won both league games 1-0, and whilst they have looked solid in defence there have been rumblings about the form of Wayne Rooney, who has looked a shadow of his former self so far this season. Rooney believes the goals will come and will be hoping he can add to his good record against Newcastle.
Manchester United Look To Keep Up Winning Start
But with only a handful of chances created, it will be up to the likes of Juan Mata and Memphis Depay to help Rooney find a way through the Newcastle defence, whilst Bastian Schweinsteiger is also pushing for his first Premier League start, having featured as a substitute so far this season. United were far more creative in their Champions League qualifier against Brugge in midweek and Van Gaal will be hoping Memphis continues where he left off on Tuesday night where he scored two sublime goals and made the third.
The scorer of United’s third goal, Marouane Fellaini, is again ineligible as he completes the final game of his domestic ban following his red card against Hull in the final game of last season, whilst Phil Jones is still recovering from thrombosis and will not feature. David de Gea is again unlikely to feature with the transfer window still open and his future uncertain, Real Madrid looking to take him back to Spain.
McClaren Returns To Old Trafford
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren returns to Old Trafford looking for a first win at his new club. McClaren was assistant at United under Sir Alex Ferguson as the Red Devils swept all before them to win the Treble in 1999, but will be looking for a different result this time around as he looks to turn around the fortunes of the North East giants.
Newcastle will be without Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat after his red card last weekend against Swansea. McClaren has been backed by owner Mike Ashley during the summer, adding Georgio Wijnaldum to his squad for £14.5 million as well as outlaying £13 million to Anderlect for striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Dutchman Wijnaldum has already made an impact for the Magpies, scoring on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Southampton on the opening day, whilst Mitrovic has not featured as prominently despite being the top scorer in the Belgian league last season.
Papiss Cisse is expected to once again lead the line whilst Mitrovic finds his feet in English football, whilst fellow new boy Florian Thauvin may not feature having arrived on Tyneside from Marseille on a five-year deal earlier this week.
Predicted Manchester United Starting XI: Romero, Darmian, Shaw, Smalling, Blind, Mata, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Memphis, Rooney, Januzaj