Manchester United will travel to St. James' Park to lock horns with Newcastle United in a midweek fixture of the English Premier League (EPL) on Tuesday.
United are coming into this match after a win over Sheffield United in a third round fixture of the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, The Magpies are struggling for form in the EPL. They were shown the exit door in the FA Cup as well by Watford on 9 January.
Although the Red Devils have won their last two matches against Swansea City FC and Sheffield United, they have been scratchy. Even legendary United midfielder Paul Scholes said that the way United have been playing has bored him.
United have a real good chance to extend their winning streak to three matches as Newcastle have gone win-less in their last five games. The Magpies have lost four out of their last five matches and one of them ended in a draw.
Also, the Red Devils will get a chance to move up the points table as Liverpool will be meeting Arsenal and Tottenham will face Leicester City on Wednesday.
United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered a minor injury in their last fixture against Sheffield United and will not be available for this fixture. Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia are still sidelined. Memphis Depay looked to shine in the second half of the last game and may make his way into the XI.
The Magpies are without Jack Colback, Vernon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Emmanuel Riviere and Curtis Good. That injury list is quite big and coach Steve McLaren has plenty to worry about before they host Manchester United on Tuesday.
"We have to move the ball quicker and then the gaps will come. You have to see it as a player and the pass has to be at the right speed," Red Devils coach Louis van Gaal told MUTV online after their scratchy win against Sheffield United last weekend.
"We can improve in that but how many chances did Sheffield United create?"
"Nobody is talking about that, everybody is talking about the fantastic defence of Sheffield United - I don't think you can do any differently as a player of the League One level."
The last time these two sides met at the Old Trafford in August 2015, the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
Newcastle United: Elliot; Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Janmaat; Sissoko, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, De Jong; Mitrovic.
Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Depay, Herrera, Martial; Rooney.
Where to watch live:
Newcastle United vs Manchester United is scheduled to kick-off at 7:45 pm BST (1:15 pm IST, 2:45 pm EST) on Tuesday, 12 January at the St. James' Park.
In the US, viewers can catch the game between Newcastle United and Manchester United on the USA Network. Online streaming will be available on NBC Sports Live Extra. Radio commentary of the game will be available on Westwood One Sports.
MUTV will also broadcast the game live.