Friday brought confirmation that Wayne Rooney is available to face ‘United’ this Saturday and no doubt will appear…unless they are saving him for their cup match against Palace.

I suppose on balance we might have preferred that he remained injured but if this is our time to finally win at Old Trafford then all the better that the cheeky chappie will be involved.

From the Newcastle point of view I think that what is more crucial is that Cheick Tiote seems likely to miss out again, leaving a big hole in the centre of the pitch.

Rooney has average better than a goal every two games for Manchester United against Newcastle so keeping him off the scoresheet could be a vital factor. Against the mackems or other ‘lesser’ clubs/teams Sir Alex tends to chop or change but against NUFC he always seems to put his best eleven on the pitch, even when we’ve been rubbish in recent years.

We’re not rubbish now but the question is, can our current eleven make a bit of modern history tomorrow?