Date: 13th January 2018 at 2:12pm
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Newcastle United fans have taken to social media to react to manager Rafael Benitez’s decision to axe midfielder Mikel Merino for the club’s home clash against Swansea City on Saturday.

The Magpies revealed their starting XI via their official Twitter account, confirming that the Spanish boss had chosen to make four changes from the team which beat Luton Town 3-1 in the FA Cup last weekend.

Freddie Woodman, Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy and Merino all dropped out of the line up, with Karl Darlow, DeAndre Yedlin, Christian Atsu and Mohamed Diame all taking their places.

Of the changes, it was the exclusion of the Spanish central midfielder which had fans up in arms on Twitter for all the wrong reasons, with many questioning why Diame has been selected ahead of their summer signing.

Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:

Newcastle have enjoyed a perfect start to 2018, having beaten Stoke City 1-0 away in their first match of the calendar year before seeing off the challenge of League Two’s table toppers in their cup clash, and will be hoping to complete the double over Swansea after securing a 1-0 win in the reverse tie.

The Swansea meanwhile are yet to taste victory in the new year, with defeat to Tottenham followed by a 0-0 draw with Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Carlos Carvalhal takes charge of his fourth game after replacing Paul Clement as manager.

In other Newcastle United news, the club are set for imminent talks over the bargain capture of a youth hot shot.

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