After a costly slip-up against Swansea City on Sunday, Manchester United will be keen to return to winning ways as they host Newcastle United for the eagerly anticipated Boxing Day showdown.
Having won seven of their eight home games this term, the Red Devils are billed as the prime favourites to secure the three vital points, although the Magpies are more than capable of pulling a shock at the Theatre of Dreams.
In the corresponding fixture last season, the game ended in a 1-1 stalemate, with Javier Hernandez and Demba Ba chalking up their names on the scoresheet.
United manager Alex Ferguson is set to make some major changes to his side, with the likes of Javier Hernandez, Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck, all expected to start for the Red Devils.
Rafael could return after missing out the clash against the Swans with a hamstring injury, although, Nani, Anderson (both hamstring) and Kagawa (knee), are all, expected to sit out.
Newcastle, on the other hand, will be without the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor (both hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin), Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling (both knee).