Manchester United v Newcastle United
Barcalys Premier League
26 November 2011, 15:00
Anderson will miss the game with a knee injury that has ruled the Brazilian international out until February.
Wayne Rooney should be fit for the game despite missing the 2-2 draw with Benfica in mid-week.
Newcastle will be without Chieck Tiote and Leon Best for the game, while winger Gabriel Obertan is in line to face his former club having overcome the injury that kept him out of the 3-1 defeat against Manchester City.
Carrick geared up for Newcastle return
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick admitted he is pleased to see Newcastle United doing so well in the Premier League this season, but insists he will be hoping to inflict defeat on his home-town club when they travel to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Carrick is set to feature after United boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Anderson faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, and while the former West Ham and Spurs man revealed he always keeps an eye out for the Newcastle results, he is keen to keep the pressure up on league leaders and cross-city rivals Manchester City at the expense of the club he cut his teeth with.
Newcastle have had a really good start," Carrick told the club’s official site. "Not a lot of people would have put them up there if you had asked a few months back. But credit to them, they have stuck together and they are certainly enjoying being up there.
"They are my home-town club and the team I watched as a boy so it is great to see them at the top. The city is really thriving at the minute. They couldn't have expected to be where they are if they took a realistic view because they have had such a hard time of it over the last couple of years.”
"I am glad they are doing well but obviously come Saturday, it will be different for me." He added.
Newcastle were enjoying an unbeaten start to the season before they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last weekend, while United go into the game having own their last three games by a 1-0 scoreline, and keen to make up for their 2-2 draw against Benfica in the Champions League.