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05/12/2013 15:31, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Preview: Newcastle

Date, time and coverage: Saturday 7 December, 12:45 GMT. The match will  be televised live in the UK on BT Sport, but you can follow it via ManUtd.com’s live blog and MUTV Online’s radio commentary and then watch the game in full on MUTV

Form guide: United's 12-game unbeaten run came to an end with the 1-0 defeat at home to Everton on Wednesday, and with two draws preceding that result, three points will very much be the order of the day on Saturday lunchtime. Newcastle had slipped under the radar into fifth place thanks to four wins on the bounce, but a chastening 3-0 defeat at Swansea on Wednesday leaves them a point ahead of the Reds.

Ins and outs: Wayne Rooney reached five yellow cards for the season when he clashed with Phil Jagielka on Wednesday, and will be suspended for Saturday. Phil Jones is available once again after serving his own one-match ban, but Michael Carrick is still on the side-lines with his Achilles tendon problem. Robin van Persie's groin problem ruled him out against Everton, and at the time of writing it was unclear whether he would be in the mix for Saturday but David Moyes did describe the injury as "not desperately serious" post-Everton on Wednesday.

Betting: The Reds are short-priced favourites at 1.44 with bwin, our official betting partners. The Magpies are 6.40, while the draw is 4.50. Adnan Januzaj burst on to the scene against opponents from the north east in October, and you can get a tempting 17.00 on the 18-year-old bagging two goals against Newcastle like he did against local rivals Sunderland.