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Missed Yesterday : Simpson Tackles Rooney At Old Trafford
Newcastle are a different animal with Tim Krul, Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini in the defence.
All were out injured yesterday, yet equally reliable right-back Simpson was an unused sub.
Despite leading the EPL with seven goal-line clearances last season—four more than any other player—Pardew preferred Santon and Shane Ferguson as full-backs.
With Man U seeking to bounce back from a 3-2 home defeat to Spurs last week and avenge the 3-0 loss at St James in January, this was not a game to experiment in and switching Santon to right-back led to further confusion in a defense already ravaged by injury.
The former Man United full-back was a virtual ever-present last season as the Magpies kept 14 clean sheets in the League.