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David Moyes will take a late check on Shinji Kagawa before finalising his line-up for Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Newcastle.

Kagawa is suffering from a sickness bug which affected him in midweek but with Wayne Rooney missing through suspension, United could do with the Japan star being available.

Robin van Persie has been missing for a fortnight and Moyes is refusing to put a timescale on the striker’s return.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, meanwhile, will make a late check on striker Papiss Cissé ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Manchester United.

The Senegal international missed Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Swansea with a heel problem and will be assessed.

However, midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, who did not travel to the Liberty Stadium because of illness, reported for training on Thursday and is expected to be available at Old Trafford.

The only certainty about life under David Moyes at Manchester United is that there are no certainties anymore when it comes to the Premier League champions.

With West Bromwich Albion and Everton securing their first victories at Old Trafford in a generation this season, there are no home bankers nowadays and Newcastle, two positions higher than United in the table, will fancy their chances of a first win in the red half of Manchester since 1972.

Stat of the game: Newcastle have never won at Old Trafford in the Premier League and last won there in a league game in February 1972; since that day they have gone 28 games without victory, losing 20 and drawing eight.

Manchester United (Possible, 4-2-3-1): De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Fellaini, Giggs; Valencia, Kagawa, Young; Welbeck.
Out: Carrick (Achilles), Fletcher (illness), Rooney (suspended).
Test: Kagawa (illness), Van Persie (groin/toe).

Newcastle United (Possible, 4-4-2): Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Sissoko, Tioté, Cabaye, Gouffran; Sh Ameobi, Rémy.
Out: R Taylor (knee).

Referee: Andre Marriner. Matches: 11, R4 Y41.

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