Buoyant from their impressive 3-0 win over French side Bordeaux on Thursday, Newcastle United take on Manchester United for the second time in two weeks, as Alex Ferguson’s side visit Tyneside in the Premier League.

The Red Devils come into the game on the back of their second loss of the season, after Tottenham left the 18-times champions red-faced when they won 3-2 last week. Newcastle will also be high on confidence after stuffing tomorrow’s opposition 3-0 the last time the two sides met in the league, as Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse struck to inspire the Magpies to a stunning win.

Alan Pardew is set to recall his top players as he tries to find the perfect balance between domestic and European success. Fabricio Coloccini could make an appearance as the Newcastle captain continues to fight off injury, while top scorer Demba Ba will come back into the team after his services were not needed when Newcastle banished Bordeaux three days ago.

Danny Simpson could continue at right-back too, as he managed 90 minutes in the Europa League in midweek. Hatem Ben Arfa will also come back into the starting line up, as he was rested ahead of this game. Ryan and Steven Taylor remain sidelined by long-term injuries, while Tim Krul isn’t fit enough to play. Steve Harper will play between the sticks, with young stopper Jak Alnwick providing cover on the bench.

As for Man United, Ferguson will be without Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Young and Jonny Evans but Chris Smalling could return after injury. Paul Scholes, – who loves playing against Newcastle – Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia and Geordie boy Michael Carrick were all rested against Cluj in midweek, meaning they are expected to start tomorrow afternoon.

It’s also RVP’s first trip to SJP as a Man United player, having scored five times previously against Newcastle for Arsenal. The Dutchman is in form for his new club too and will look to exploit any holes in the Magpies’ defence, as he did (in the first half at least) when Arsenal played out that magnificent 4-4 draw against Newcastle in 2010.

A win for Newcastle would give the Geordie nation the belief that they can juggle two competitions at once, while a win for the visitors would see them get their stuttering period back on track. A loss for Fergie’s boys would be the worst start to a season in over 20 years.

By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson