David Moyes is attempting to take the positives from Manchester United’s defeat to Everton, as he attempts to get back to winning ways against Newcastle United on Saturday. After back-to-back draws, the Premier League champions suffered a painful loss at Old Trafford in Moyes’s first encounter with his former club on Wednesday. Yet the Scot believes there is every reason to believe that United can bounce back for the visit of Newcastle.
“There were chances in the [Everton] game that we didn't take and the result could have quite easily have been different,” he said, according to Manchester United’s official website. “I think if they [the fans] watched the game then they will have got lots of belief from it.
"This was our first defeat in 13 games and I hope we can do something similar in the coming games.
"We have got another game very quickly, they are good players who have been here before, they know what is expected of them and they will do the right thing.”
Moyes’s chances of getting a much-needed win will be hampered by being unable to call upon Wayne Rooney. The man who has been United’s most impressive performer in a poor start to the season picked up his fifth booking of the campaign against his former club and will be suspended.
Meanwhile, there remain doubts about the availability of Robin van Persie. The Dutch striker has been absent for close to a month with a groin problem that Moyes continues to insist isn’t serious, while not being able to confirm when he will return. Shinji Kagawa is also a doubt for the weekend after suffering from illness. There is some good news, with Phil Jones returning from suspension.
Newcastle also come into the fixture on the back of a loss, having had their four-game winning streak snapped by a 3-0 reversal at Swansea on Wednesday. Still, it has been a far better start to the season than many anticipated after their difficult summer that included the controversial arrival of Joe Kinnear as director of football and only one signing. But that one arrival, Loic Remy on loan from Queens Park Rangers, has made a big impact, scoring eight goals in 12 Premier League appearances. Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa are likely to be back from injury and illness, respectively, against United but have not featured of late, even when fit.
Despite defeat last time out, Newcastle remain a point above Manchester United in seventh place, but manager Alan Pardew shares Moyes’s belief that the champions will rebound strongly.
"I think there'll be a reaction from Man United to their defeat and likewise from us so it'll make for a game which is quite pressurized," he said, according to Newcastle United’s official website. "Therefore we need to have calm heads in that game -- and hopefully we can retain the ball better than we did at Swansea. "They [Manchester United] had gone 12 games unbeaten up until that game so it's not like there's a crisis there.”
Where to watch: The Barclays Premier League match will kick off at 7.45 a.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by the NBC Sports Network, with a live stream available on NBC Sports Live Extra.