manchester united vs newcastle united
The last game of the first week of the Premier League takes place this afternoon as Manchester United take on newly promoted Newcastle United (15:00, ESPN2).
For Manchester United, match today signals the first stage of the club to try to regain the championship was lost to a point at Chelsea last year. For Newcastle, signaling the day fighting a return to the Premier League after being demoted as shocking a year ago.
Manchester United are still victims of long-term injuries without Owen Hargreaves and Anderson, both midfielders missing with knee injuries.
Centre-back Rio Ferdinand is also a knee problem.
Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has been declared fit to lead the line, while the former Red Devil Alan Smith should shake off an ankle injury.
But the best Leon, Danny Simpson (ankle), Steven Taylor (shoulder) and Dan Gosling (knee) all miss out.
Injuries: Anderson, Ferdinand, Hargreaves (all knee)
Doubtful: Smith (ankle)
Injuries: Best & Simpson (ankle), Gosling (knee), S Taylor (shoulder) (BBC Sport)