OLD TRAFFORD, Sporting Alert – As predicted, Bastian Schweinsteiger gets his first start for Manchester United in the only change to Louis van Gaal side for today’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
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Schweinsteiger, who has made two appearances in the English Premier League off the bench since his move from Bayern Munich in the summer, replaces Michael Carrick in the starting lineup today, as Van Gaal looks to freshen things up in his midfield.
The German World Cup winner will start alongside Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been very impressive for the Red Devils since his summer switch from Southampton.
Other than Schweinsteiger, the Manchester United starting XI remains the same, as Adnan Januzaj, who makes his third successive start, keeps his place and will play behind Wayne Rooney in the attack.
Januzaj scored the winner against Aston Villa in the last Premier League outing.
Memphis Depay, the hero on Tuesday night in the Champions League play-off 3-1 win over Club Brugge, will be hoping to bring over that form in the league as he starts on the left wing again and will be a major threat to the Newcastle United defenders.
Juan Mata will continue to start on the right-hand side of the attack.
Chris Smalling and Daley Blind are again the centre-backs, while Sergio Romero keeps his place in goal, as David De Gea continues to be left out.
Meanwhile, for the traveling Newcastle United, striker Papiss Cisse starts on the bench, but midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is in the starting lineup.
Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic will lead the attack, with Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback and former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan all starting in the midfield.
The back four of Fabricio Coloccini, Chancel Mbemba, Steven Taylor and Massadio Haidara will be hoping to help stop the leak as the visitors have already let in four goals from two games to start the season and has one point.
Another victory for Manchester United would see them going back to the top of the Premier League table standings, with the likes of Manchester City and Leicester City not playing until later.
Manchester United: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Januzaj, Memphis; 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)