Newcastle vs Manchester United – Match Preview


After an enforced break of two weeks we entertain Manchester United at t. James’ Park tomorrow, in what promises to be a good game.

We hope it’s going to be a good game and it’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 Kevin’s 2 weeks with most of the squad, but there’s not doubt this is a tough game and we wouldn’t normally expect much out of this game.

In fact it’s similar to the home against Arsenal when we hadn’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 doesn’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 doesn’t deserve to start when there are better options up front in Viduka and Carroll.

Here’s a side that we thin can do well tomorrow:

Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
Milner Emre Geremi Duff (N’Zogbia)
Owen Viduka
Subs: Harper Cacapa Barton Butt N’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.

It’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 Manchester’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 – here is the TV schedule for the game – thanks to, 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.

Here’s the schedule, worldwide:

UK TV: Live on Setanta

Overseas TV:
C+ Sport France
C+ Sport Poland
Eurosport 2 HU/RO
Fox Soccer Channel – USA
Fox Sports Australia
Galaxie Sport
J Sports 2 Japan
Premiere Sport Portal
RTS 2 Serbia
Show Sports 1 & 2
Sky Calcio 2 / Super Calcio
Sport TV2
Sportklub (Slovenia)

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.

63 comments so far

  • Matt Lacey

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Perhaps it’s too much to expect a result when Man Utd will be trying to close the gap on Arsenal, but at the very least we need a good performance – please Kev, leave Smith and Butt out of it, they’re useless and we don’t have to rely on them anymore!


    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    We will win
    i am 100% sure for a weird reason i know we will win

  • Howard

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    What about Emre? Is he injured? If not, he should start alongside Geremi. Definately not Butt, Smith or Carr!

  • scott 9

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    so are u able to watch games on the computer if u dont have sky

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #5

    we will lose 2-0

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Craig I love your optimism.

    Subs- Edgar, Barton, Duff, Viduka, Capaca

    What do you think fellow fans?

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed – You must have a major problem with our best midfielder – Emre.

  • milner fan

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    ed, you said about putting carroll on the bench and leaving smith out. But the team you have down to do well doesnt have carroll and has smith in lol. I think someone really likes smith lol ; )

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #9

    4-4-2 all the way.

  • GM

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    scott9 – yes mate, you just need to install the relevant plugins for the channels and then connect to it about 5-10 mins b4 the game starts, need a decent internet connectin though otherwise it freezes.

  • M

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Totally agree with the line up, all though I’d start Zoggy ahead of Duff I think… I’d say give Carroll a shout, looks sharp when he plays and can do no worse than Smith at the mo, lets start playing Enrique he is a massive talent in Spain, a regular in u21s I can’t understand why he is not getting played!

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    If we get a result i will be delighted,they may underestimate us and we could take advantage of that,i have a huge feeling faye is gonna play a blinder and we cud nick a draw.

  • tims

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    where is Emre?

  • Rich

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #14

    No emre ed??

  • Rich

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Id have the same team as you Ed starting Duff but replace barton with Emre!

  • GM

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #16

    report on newsnow that Oba is fit to play tomorrow night, can anyone else confirm that? it would be a massive boost if he is fit.

  • broon ale

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #17

    rallying cry from

    United Front

    While memories of the last time Kevin Keegan sent a team out at SJP against Alex Ferguson abound, we prefer to take our text for Saturday from a game we actually lost.

    “Thunderous and awe-inspiring” was our description of the support provided by home fans at the SJP meeting of the two United’s in March 1996, some seven months before the more famous “Howay 5-0” game.

    A 1-0 victory thanks to Cantona’s second half goal proved to be the point at which the course of the Premiership title was re-plotted from North East to North West.

    But the vocal encouragement that day as Newcastle attempted to batter down the defence commanded by Schmeichel lives long in the mind – and that was from a 36,500 capacity SJP.

    We lost, but there was a sense that we’ve given it our all – whether shouting and playing – and competed. We can think of other C words to describe our second half capitulation at Villa Park two weekends ago…..

    This latest meeting is a massive opportunity to forget about safe standing, game 39, league form, misadventures of former players, the price of gas, whatever.

    Focus is required – from the stands and dressing room.

    If you’re going with a black & white heart, shout hard – after all, you did it for Allardyce’s side against Arsenal in November to good effect…and you didn’t even like him.

    And it doesn’t go right, let’s retain some pride and dignity and deny these b*stards the satisfaction of seeing us implode in public.

    Keep the faith.

  • mark

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Were gunner get slaughtered and laughed at for it. I blame the idiot fans. IDIOT B@STARDS!!!!


    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    This is the team we should play balanced in every way and full of pace and power:

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Milner (player of the month as usual) Barton Emre N’Zogbia
    Owen Carroll (If Obas Injured)

    Subs: Harper, Edgar, Duff, Lua Lua, Viduka (If Obas injured)

    we will win 2-1 owen & Zog for us 27mins and 53mins
    Scholes for them late consolation 89 mins


    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Has to be 4-4-2 tomorrow





    subs:given/harps, cacapa, duff, barton, carrol

    I thnik we might give man u a shock tomorrow if the crowd get behind the side like we did against arsenal we can give the dirty mancs a good beating! 2-0 to newcastle owen and emre to score

  • Graham

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Haven’t heard about Obas fitness but I always had a sneeking suspision that he may be fit – Kev you little tinker you!

    Craigg – you got a crystal ball there?

    I reckon that with a strong performance we could well get something out of this – i’m going for a 1-1 draw

  • Matthew Tom

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #22

    We are going to get a hammering, but hopefully a decent performance nevertheless. Viduka, Ameobi and Smith haven’t really done much so let’s give Carroll a big day out I say.

    Just keep Carr, Butt and Smith out of the team and we’ll have a chance. Also if we play Cacapa instead of Faye, we need to watch him closely and whip him off if he’s looking dodgy. From what I’ve seen of him, he’s either completely inspired or very very worrying, without much grey area in between and you usually have a good idea within about 10 minutes which it will be!

  • Robert from Serbia

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #23

    yeeeeeeeah !!! im gonna watch the game on TV 😀

    RTS 2 Serbia 😛

  • Graham

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #24

    On a slightly different note – how the hell can the newcastle players find time to train to get us out of this mess when they are constantly giving interviews to the press?

    Theres been about 5 of our players giving interviews over the last couple of days – including Duff spouting crap about his pal Carr. For gods sake – shut the f**k up and get on with what your being paid to do – How often do the Man Utd players give interviews??

  • Leo*

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #25

    i heard that martins would be fit

    and unfortunatly faye will have to make do with a place on the bench, this is from sky sports news, where they got that from i dont know

    i really like your line up ausgeordie, looks attacking yet defencive

  • Luke

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    can’t wait…

    then it’ll be the most depressing sunday since the six nil battering.

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #27

    WHOOPS – missed Emre out – I’m going to update team 😀

  • steve

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m hoping for a 2-0 win

    It’s on Digitalb as well

    @Graham – they only train 3 hours a day, tons of time left to give interviews, gamble, get drunk, spend their ‘hard’ earned cash

  • faustino

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Draw would be a godsend tbh. The best thing to come out of this would be a commited performance without another second half shambles.

  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Tom_Toon, Rich and others –
    Sorry – I completely missed out Emre!!
    Have updated the piece at 2:36 pm Newcastle local time with updated team and we have Emre starting at the expense of Barton.

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #31

    I hope keegan is using mind games calling oba injured when if fact hes raring to go.Cud be the reason why he is calling the team so early tommorow.




    owen and martins

    That team is full of energy and pace.

    cmon the toon!

  • GM

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #32

    according to reports now oba, emre and carr are all out injured, obvioulsy carr is a god send, hopefully he will be fooked for the rest of the season when his contract runs out, just hope this is all made up to confuse rednose n oba and emre are playing

  • Tez131

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #33

    ————-Taylor – – Faye

    If martins is not fit use Viduka, same with if given is not fit pick Harper.

    Hope Barton can get back to his better days when he was a real asset for Man City.
    Then Milner or Duff could be taken off and emre brought on then move N’Zobia to the wing and Emre in the Att Mid.

    Any Thoughts

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #34

    I expect to get beat tomorow, but if the lads show as much guts and determination as they did against Arsenal, and the filth get beat of Portsmouth, i will be happy. We NEED a good performance. COME ON TOON!!!!

  • YongMalaysia

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Milner Emre Duff
    Owen Carroll

    Subs: Harper, Edgar, N’zogbia, Lua Lua, Viduka

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 22, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Emre should start Tez131, Zog on the left and viduka up front because he is the only striker strong enough to go against Ferdinand

  • Rich

    Feb 22, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Haha no worries Ed! Looks a better team with Emre in i think.

  • Marty

    Feb 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #38

    Craigg,you wouldn`t happen to have a brother called James by any chance that runs fast n works hard but can`t for some reason cross the ball.
    i think he can do better but kk needs to work with him on crossing,i`m often at st james n see that he needs it with my own eyes!
    Howay the lads,kick ass!!!!

  • Luke

    Feb 22, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #39

    emre’s injured I believe

  • jj

    Feb 22, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #40

    given fing rubbish please buger off u tosser let harps in


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