Anything out of tomorrow’s game at Manchester United, which has a 5:15 pm KO will be a decent result for a Newcastle side without a manager.
Nigel Pearson will be in charge of the team at Old Trafford tomorrow, just like he was at Watford in the last game of last season, after Newcastle had just dismissed Glenn Roeder.
As far as our injuries are concerned Newcastle United look to be OK, although Ameobi (knee), Milner (virus) and Emre (knee) are all slight doubts, but the late news is they should all be available. Stephen Carr, who played for the Reserves last Tuesday evening when they were beaten 3-1 by Sunderland, will be available.
African Cup of Nations players Abdoulaye Faye, Habib Beye and Geremi will obviously not be available, and we don’t know whether Oba Martins will return for the 5:15 pm kick off. He already reported to the Nigerian squad, and it seems a bit pointless to play him. Late news is that Martins will not be released by the Nigerian squad.
Rozhenal, Viduka and Enrique limbering up this morning
Of course Joey Barton is still not available as he is in rehabilitation nd awaiting his next court appearance next Wednesday morning in Liverpool. Peter Ramage is still recovering form his ACL knee injury.
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed it’s unlikely that Owen Hargreaves, struggling with a rib injury, will be risked but Saha will probably be OK and will have a fitness test just before the game.
Gary Neville, who’s been out most of the season, felt his hamstring on Wednesday and was substituted at half-time as Manchester United Reserves earned a 2-2 draw at Everton. Gary will not feature tomorrow. Tevez has had a sore ankle recently but is expected to be fit. Paul Scholes and Silvestre are still out with longer term injuries.
Nigel Pearson – former England Under-21 coach in charge tomorrow
We’re not sure which team Pearson will pick but we think it will either be 4-42 or even 4-5-1 but it’s hard top play anything other than 4-4-2 with Michael Owen in the team.
This is the team we expect Pearson to play:
Rozehnal Taylor Cacapa Enrique
Duff Butt Emre N’Zogbia
Subs: Harper Carr Milner Carroll Smith
We could have Smith in place of Emre, but we’re put Emre in because he has class, and deserves a chance of a start. It could also be that Carr could replace David Rozehnal, who had a couple of uncertain moments against Stoke City last Sunday at right back. We have the big FA Cup replay with Stoke City on Wednesday, so we’ll need to use our squad to maximum effect over the next 3 games.
What do you think our team should be?
Let us know – comments always welcome.