The Spaniard took charge of the club for the first time for Monday night's trip to Leicester City.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss took up the reigns on Friday following the ex-England head coach's dismissal, and resisted the urge to tinker too much with his first side.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was recalled to lead the line and Vurnon Anita was brought back into the midfield, with Paul Dummett missing out through injury and Emmanuel Riviere dropping to the bench.
Jonjo Shelvey, selected as stand-in captain by McClaren during the absence of Fabricio Coloccini, continued with the armband under the man who signed him for Liverpool shortly before leaving the club.
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The match against the league leaders was a crucially important one for the Magpies, who sat second-bottom of the Premier League table one point adrift of safety with 10 matches left to play ahead of the clash at the King Power Stadium.
With an all-important home derby clash against local arch-rivals Sunderland on the horizon next weekend, Benitez's first starting XI was always likely to come in for scrutiny.
With injuries limiting the amount of changes Benitez could make, many fans were happy with what they saw from their new manager's first line-up.
@NUFC There is hope. No Gouffran!!! I like the look of him already— Olivia (@0livia1020) March 14, 2016
Perhaps a touch harsh on Yoan Gouffran, that.
However, for others it was a case of proving that the beleaguered football fan is never happy, with Benitez opening himself up to criticism before a ball had even been kicked.
@NUFC why is Perez on the left,should be swapped with wijnaldum— Cameron dobson (@cameron_dobson) March 14, 2016