After an enforced break of two weeks we entertain Manchester United at t. Jamesâ€™ Park tomorrow, in what promises to be a good game.
We hope itâ€™s going to be a good game and itâ€™s really up to Newcastle since a few weeks back we were annihilated at Old Trafford 6-0, with the Red Devils getting 3 goals in the last 5 minutes.
We will look forward to seeing the results of Kevinâ€™s 2 weeks with most of the squad, but thereâ€™s not doubt this is a tough game and we wouldnâ€™t normally expect much out of this game.
In fact itâ€™s similar to the home against Arsenal when we hadnâ€™t won for a while, and the lads played their best game of the season. We hope we can do the dame tomorrow.
Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia has served his one game suspension for picking up 5 yellow cards and is available again, and Geremi has returned following his African Cup of Nations heroics.
Surprisingly Obafemi Martins still had his sprained ankle injury he received while out in Ghana so he will miss out, but we expect Shay Given to be back in goal, following another of his hernia injuries. If Shay doesnâ€™t make it Steve Harper will make his 100th appearance for the club.
The side Keegan picks will tell us a lot but we are a little disappointed that he may pick both Butt and Smith for this game, because they are former Red Devils. Butt may be OK but Smith doesnâ€™t deserve to start when there are better options up front in Viduka and Carroll.
Hereâ€™s a side that we thin can do well tomorrow:
Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
Milner Emre Geremi Duff (Nâ€™Zogbia)
Subs: Harper Cacapa Barton Butt Nâ€™Zogbia (Duff)
NOTE: Updated at 2:36 pm Newcastle local time – I missed Emre out in the initial team – that must be the Alzhiemer’s kicking in again 😀 I replaced Barton with Emre, dropped Barton to substitute’s bench – and excluded Smith from subs – sorry Alan.
Itâ€™s a toss up between Duff and N’Zogbia, so we’ll say one to start on the left wing and the other to start as a sub. But here’s what we’d like to see with the team selection from Kevin:
- All players picked in their regular positions
- Leave Smith out of the team – he doesn’t deserve to start given his last 2-3 performances
- Give Carroll a start or bring him on as substitute
- Start both Faye and Beye
- Give Jose Enrique a chance at left full back and please don’t start Carr there
Faye and Enrique – we’d like both of them to start
Kevin’s other option is to leave Milner out and start Duff on the right wing and Charles on the left wing. Duff can operate effectively on either wing which Charles cannot.
On the Manchester United side of things Gary Neville and Mikael Silvestre are still out injured, but unfortunately fore us Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a virus. He played the full game in Manchesterâ€™s 1-1 draw at Lyon on Wednesday evening in the European Champions League and Ryan Giggs may be doubtful after picking up a slight injury in the same game.
The referee for the game is Chris Foy – he has taken our games Bolton (A – won 3-1), Manchester City (A – lost 3-1) and Portsmouth (H – lost 4-1).
For fans worldwide â€“ here is the TV schedule for the game â€“ thanks to nufc.com, the top Newcastle fans web-site, which always has excellent information for Newcastle fans everywhere.
The game of course is live and exclusive in the UK on Setanta Sports.
Hereâ€™s the schedule, worldwide:
UK TV: Live on Setanta
C+ Sport France
C+ Sport Poland
Eurosport 2 HU/RO
Fox Soccer Channel – USA
Fox Sports Australia
J Sports 2 Japan
Premiere Sport Portal
RTS 2 Serbia
Show Sports 1 & 2
Sky Calcio 2 / Super Calcio
If you cannot find it on any of the above channels try FootyLive which often carries the Newcastle United games – when you can’t get them anywhere esle – we’ve used it and it’s excellent. You may want to download their stuff for future games – and no we are getting paid for this 😀 .
We’d be very happy to get anything out of this game, but most of all we’d like to see a good, spirited and well organized performance from our boys.
What do you think? What team would you like to see?
Comments very welcome.