• Manchester United starting XI: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Januzaj, Memphis, Rooney 
  • Man Utd subs: Johnstone, McNair, Valencia, Carrick, Herrera, Young, Hernandez 
  • Newcastle United starting XI: Krul, Mbemba, Taylor, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Perez, Wijnaldum, Obertan, Mitrovic 
  • Newcastle subs: Darlow, Williamson, Cisse, de Jong, Aarons, Thauvin, Tiote 
  • Manchester United look to maintain unbeaten record in Premier League
  • Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney set to start at Old Trafford
  • Goalkeeper David de Gea will watch match against Newcastle from stands
  • Steve McClaren may field new signings in Saturday’s early kick-off
  • Barclays Premier League clash has kick-off time of 12.45pm
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Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero feels the need for a cool down during the warm up with a soaking from his water bottle, while Wayne Rooney has been working on his finishing (the less said about one he shanked over the bar the better.)

The warm ups are over and there is another load of soaking going on, with the on-pitch sprinklers now watering the turf a final time.

Sergio Romero of Manchester United attempts to cool down before kick-off

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney warms up at Old Trafford

Louis van Gaal has claimed he isn’t interested about Wayne Rooney’s lack of goals as long as Manchester United are winning.

But you can be sure Rooney is. It’s no goals in nine United games for the England captain but he does love playing Newcastle.

Rooney has scored 12 goals and assisted seven more in 20 Premier League appearances against the Toon.

Here is his heat map from the opening day of the season at Old Trafford when Man Utd defeated Spurs. Be sure to compare it with how he gets on against Newcastle this afternoon, something you can do with our excellent match zone service.

‘He [Aleksandar Mitrovic] looks strong in training and we need more presence away from home. Last week was one step back after two forward against Southampton. I was disappointed.

‘We don’t want to take away Mitrovic’s aggression but we have spoken to him. Hopefully he calms down but continues to be physical.’

Old Trafford is not even half full yet, but you can expect only a few empty red seats to be in sight by kick-off.

In the meantime, there is a welcome applause on to the field for the Manchester United players as they warm up, silence for the Newcastle boys… tough crowd.

Newcastle United fans stand outside Old Trafford before kick-off

‘I have to build him up and when you want more than 45 minutes you have to start with him,’ Louis van Gaal told BT Sport.

‘He has to prove himself. I have great confidence in him because he is a coaching player and that’s important.

‘We have more midfelders in midfield who can coach, Michael Carrick can also.

‘I want to spare Carrick for other matches. Last year he was injured and I want to defend that, that’s why he isn’t playing.

‘I’ve said to Wayne [Rooney] you don’t have to score. When we win I’m satisfied.’

Fans flock into Old Trafford ahead of Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw (right) of Manchester United arrive at Old Trafford

Bastian Schweinsteiger makes his way to the home dressing room ahead of his first Manchester United start

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United was all smiles after arriving at Old Trafford

Manchester United make just the one change from the mid-week Champions League win over Club Bruges, Michael Carrick is dropped following his own goal at Old Trafford and he is replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger in his first start for the club.

There are three changes for Newcastle. Out of the side go Fabricio Coloccini, the injured Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse, as Aleksandar Mitrovic also makes his first start and is joined in the side by Steven Taylor and Ayoza Perez.

Man Utd: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Januzaj, Depay, Rooney.
Subs: Hernandez, Carrick, Young, Ander Herrera, Valencia, McNair, Johnstone.

Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Mbemba, Taylor, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Obertan, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic.
Subs: Williamson, Cisse, De Jong, Aarons, Thauvin, Tiote, Darlow.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Krul, Mbemba, Taylor, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Perez, Wijnaldum, Obertan, Mitrovic.

Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Januzaj, Memphis, Rooney.

…but will he make an impact this afternoon? Team news is on the way next. Reports suggest Bastian Schweinsteiger starts for the hosts.

Manchester United fans look at a replica shirt featuring the name of Memphis Depay in the club shop

Click here for more fixtures, tables and results with our excellent Match Zone

…but it’s the sprinklers rather than the clouds giving the pitch a good ol’ soaking before the game. Players are arriving at the ground now.

Pitch side sprinklers water the Old Trafford pitch before the 12.45pm kick-off

Always a big fan to see what is on the Old Trafford playlist which is broadcasted over the stadium speakers before the game.

Unlike Tuesday against Club Bruges, there is no David Bowie (boo!) but there is some Rolling Stones included during the peak run up to kick-off with Sympathy for the Devil (the debate over whether Guns N’ Roses did it better is for another day).

It’s quite a varied cater for all list, so pick out your favourites from this lot…

Good morning, all. Welcome to live coverage of Manchester United vs Newcastle United where the Red Devils will be chasing a fourth consecutive win in all competitions.

That includes a third in the Premier League, and victory this afternoon would propel them top until at least 5.45pm.

Can Memphis Depay kick on from his Old Trafford heroics against Club Bruges earlier this week?



Join Sportsmail for minute-by-minute updates as Manchester United host Newcastle at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Louis van Gaal’s side boast a 100 per cent record in the Premier League so far this season after winning both their opening games 1-0.

Newcastle are yet to win under Steve McClaren and could field several new faces, including Florian Thauvin.

Follow all the action with DAN RIPLEY, with updates from OLIVER HOLT, JOE BERNSTEIN and CHRIS WHEELER at the ground.

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