London - Mid-table Newcastle hope to record back-to-back victories in the league after
Saturday's 1-0 win over Aston Villa all-but secured another season of Premier
League football on Tyneside.
Newcastle United host Champions League chasing Manchester United at St James' Park on Wednesday evening.
Caretaker head coach John Carver has a few selection issues to solve before the fixture with midfielder Jack Colback out as he serves the second of a two-match ban after
reaching 10 bookings.
Massadio Haidara, the defender carried off with a knee
problem at the weekend, hopes to be available for selection.
Top scorer Papiss Cisse secured the win over Villa with his 11th
goal of the season, and the Senegal international is confident Newcastle can
improve their unimpressive home record against United.
They've beaten the Old Trafford club just once in the last 11
visits, and Cisse said: "The Villa win was an important victory, and sets
us up nicely for Manchester United.
"It's a game we need to be ready for. Every player in the
squad is up for this game and it's just been a matter of getting as much rest
as possible since the weekend to be at our best on Wednesday."
Cisse has been playing despite a persistent knee problem.
The 29-year-old is hopeful of making the starting line-up in
midweek, and Carver revealed: "We're having to manage
Papiss' situation, and we will see what he is like over the next few
Newcastle United against Manchester United kicks off at 21:45.