Newcastle United will be hoping for a much improved performance at Old Trafford tomorrow as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat in Swansea last time out.

However, there has never been a better time for Newcastle to go to Old Trafford and win. Manchester United also suffered defeat on Wednesday against David Moyes’ former side Everton – the second team to win in the red half of Manchester this season after West Brom successfully did so.

Newcastle can take inspiration from Everton. Prior to Wednesday’s clash the Toffees hadn’t won away at Manchester United since 1992, Newcastle haven’t done so since 1972.

Moyes is feeling the heat at Old Trafford after taking over from the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, his side have dropped ten points at home this season and many are questioning their chances of finishing in the top four, let alone retaining their title.

Alan Pardew has surprised many people this season – the Toon boss was awarded manager of the month for a perfect November which saw Newcastle scalp Chelsea and Tottenham as well as Norwich and West Brom.

Going into December they had a chance to extend their winning run to five, but an unacceptable performance at the Liberty Stadium halted that.  Newcastle were well beaten by a depleted Swansea and although Howard Webb’s refereeing wasn’t up to scratch, it shouldn’t overshadow the fact that Newcastle failed to turn up.

Hatem Ben Arfa missed Wednesday’s trip to Wales through illness and Papiss Cisse was forced out due to a late heel injury, leaving Pardew with few attacking options on the bench. Ben Arfa is expected to be fit to face Manchester United, but Cisse faces a late fitness test.

Moyes will be without Wayne Rooney, who will serve a one-match suspension after picking up a booking against his former side and a groin injury may keep Robin van Persie out. In defence, Phil Jones will return following a ban.