Talk of Newcastle's Cheick Tiote moving on to improved pastures has died a little following his team's poor start to the Premier League season.
Granted, like so many of his teammates, the physical central midfielder hasn't been at his best this term. But he has given Manchester United problems with his style of play in past matches between the two clubs.
Wayne Rooney was one of his side's most disappointing players at the weekend, especially considering his barnstorming performances throughout November and December.
Both players will have a lot to prove on Boxing Day, with neither likely to give an inch in the vital areas of the middle of the pitch.
*Update: Cheick Tiote will be out of the game due to suspension. Newcastle will likely pair James Perch with Vurnon Anita in his stead.