last season – at generous odds of 15.5?
Last meeting: United slumped to a second home defeat in four days as Yohan Cabaye's 61st-minute goal gave Newcastle a first league victory at Old Trafford since 1972. Moyes lamented his side’s missing spark but said of his players' effort: “I thought every one of them did everything they could to try to get the result. Could we play better? Of course we could. But I couldn’t fault the players and what they tried to do.”
The manager: Alan Pardew will watch Saturday’s match from the stands as part of a seven-game ban for his headbutt on Hull City player David Meyler. The 52-year-old was also fined £60,000 for his actions (as well as another £100,000 by Newcastle) and warned as to his future conduct. Upon receiving his punishment, the Magpies boss said: “As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable.”
Star man: Fabricio Coloccini is an experienced figure whose defensive qualities will be tested on Saturday, given that the Reds have the league's best away record. With his manager serving a ban, the Argentine club captain is taking his role seriously: “When the game kicks off, you do not think about who is on the bench. Your only focus is on getting three points. John Carver takes the team talk and, as captain, I take even more responsibility as well – but we try to keep things as normal as possible."
Did you know? Saturday's match will be the 150th league meeting between United and Newcastle. The Reds have claimed 72 victories, 37 draws and 40 losses during that run, scoring 280 goals and conceding 219 in the process.
Quote/unquote: “We’ve got to keep the momentum going. We want to take three points from the weekend into the