Boxing Day sees Newcastle attempt to overturn Man United on their own patch for the second season running, after Yohan Cabaye struck to give the Magpies a famous 1-0 win last year.

This time round, Alan Pardew is without his star midfielder after his sale to PSG in the winter transfer window, so new heroes must come to the fore if Newcastle are to turn around their recent miserable form.

Since winning November’s Manager of the Month gong, Pardew has seen his side lose three on the spin, including the Capital One Cup quarter-final and the Tyne-Wear derby last weekend.

Part of the problem has been injuries on Tyneside and it’s no different for the trip to Old Trafford. Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan, Rob Elliot and Tim Krul are all out.

Cheick Tiote will serve a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards before the New Year and there has been no word on the availability of Mehdi Abeid after he missed out on the last two defeats.

Steven Taylor should be OK despite nutting a goalpost in the derby defeat last week and partner Fabricio Coloccini in the centre of defence, while Papiss Cisse will be involved despite not being able to complete 90 minutes due to a knee problem.

Jonas Gutierrez made a return to football after overcoming testicular cancer on Monday afternoon, playing 87 minutes of a 4-1 win over West Ham for Newcastle’s under-21 side.

As for Man United, Louis van Gaal has injury problems of his own. Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind are all missing but Angel Di Maria could return to the starting line-up.

Despite a poor start to the season, Louis van Gaal’s side have hit form in recent months and sit 3rd in the table, ten points adrift of Chelsea.

Radamel Falcao struck his first goal for the club in last week’s draw with Aston Villa and could start up front, while Wayne Rooney is likely to continue in his new-found central midfield role.

A win, defeat or draw will leave the Magpies in mid-table heading into Sunday’s home game with Burnley, while Man United will be hoping to close the gap on city rivals Manchester City.