Newcastle vs Manchester United – Match Preview


There are not many teams that get much at all out of playing Manchester United this season.

In the 26 Premier League games the Red Devils have played this season, they have won 19 and lost only two, so tonight’s task for Newcastle United is a big one indeed.

That’s especially true when you remember that we have 4 of our top central midfielders not available, Kevin Nolan though suspension, and Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie and Joey Barton through injury, so just how we will be able to combat Manchester United with a second choice midfield is hard to see.

Another midfielder, Ignacio Gonzales, the Uruguayan on loan this season fromn Valencia, has appeared only twice since injuring his Achilles, in early September.

This game however, will be played at St. James’ Park, and there will be 52,000 fans at the game tonight, roaring on their team, who have been less than good, once again, this season.

Most of the Newcastle team picks itself tonight, certainly the defense will be the same one as we’ve had out in the last few games, and the only real question will be who partners Oba Martins up front, and who will start in central midfield.

Since Geremi had a decent game when he came on for Nicky Butt in the second half at Bolton on Sunday, we think he’ll start tonight, alongside Ryan Taylor, who seems to be able to play almost anywhere for Newcastle.

This is the team we’d like Assistant Manager Chris Hughton to field tonight is as follows:

Harper (c)
S.Taylor Coloccini Bassong  Enrique
Lovenkrands  R.Taylor Geremi Gutierrez
Martins Viduka
Subs: Krul Cacapa  Edgar Ameobi Carroll Smith LuaLua

We hope Chris will start with that team but we think he’ll have Shola Ameobi starting in place of Viduka, but why he keeps starting Shola is a bit of a mystery. Mark is a better player and has more of a goal threat than Ameobi, it’s as simple as that.

There are a number of keys to this game, if Newcastle United are to get anything out of it at all tonight:

  • The defense will have to be at their very best – and perhaps they should start out, pretending they are already down to 10 men, since that seemed to do the trick against Everton, after we were less than convincing in the first half of that game.  We have some big game players in defense and we’ll have to hope that young star Sebastien Bassong and Argentine International Fabricio Colloccini can both have great games, and Taylor and Enrique also play up to their capabilities at full back.
  • The central midfield will be key for Newcastle tonight, and if we are to have any chance at all of being competitive tonight, then Ryan Taylor and Geremi will need to get a good grip of  the midfield. That’s asking a lot of the two of them, but we expect Chris Hughton to maybe play five across the midfield so Manchester United don’t completely control the middle of the park from the kick-off.
  • We’ll need to have some bite on goal, since it’s difficult enough to score at the best of times against this Manchester United side, and since Newcastle have not scored in their last two games, it’s difficult to see how we can even score tonight, if everything goes to form. That’s one reason we’d like to see Viduka start alongside Oba Martins, who will be trying his best to score tonight.
  • The crowd will be a huge factor for the lads tonight, but the Newcastle side must come out fighting and give the fans something to shout for. The fans cannot do it by themselves, and it’s time for some heroes to show up tonight in the famous black and white striped shirts.

Most observers will expect a Manchester win tonight, but the Magpies just have to make every single game count in the run-in to the league, and maybe the best we can hope for tonight is to hold the Red Devils to a draw.

If we can do that most Newcastle fans would be quite happy.

Howay The Lads!!

30 comments so far

  • sohica17

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Geremi got no pace, we will get ass kicked


    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #2

    yh and hes a monyey grabbin b**tard could u gimme sumwhere 2 watch the game thru a stream ne1 got ne sites

  • dcbashore

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #3

    I think you’re being very generous in referring to this as a match, Ed. Public execution is more like it.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Not looking forward to this one!

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Imagine the atmosphere if we win!!!! 🙂

    Wishfull thinking !

  • komfort

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #7

    stuart79 : a gallon of neck oil will ease the pain !

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #8


    it would be unbelievable

    am i talking about the atmosphere or the win ? or both ?

  • Ericles

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Is that a football team selection or a suicide note? I would rather LuaLua than Geremi, and I would swap Taylor and Lovenkrands around. I am not sure about Viduka and Ameobi. Which one to start. If Joe is on the phone it will be Shola alongside Martins cos he likes it “Little and Large”. Howay the lads – surprise us all – especially those Manky U prima donnas! Come on the Toon – Manky U cannot have everything. Fergie is getting greedy but he forgets we are hungry too. What do you think Tino and Albert?

  • neil

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #10

    It always bugs me EVEN AS AN NUFC FAN that we say there’ll be 52000 fans there roaring on the toon etc etc when at least 3000 are the away section. I’ve had a bad day at work (Still am actually) and just wanted to get that off my chest!!

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #11

    …anyone took the 7/1 on the home win? I know it’s highly unlikely but not impossible.

    And does anyone know what dodgy links the game might be shown on please?


  • Partizan

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Jonas used to play as a CM sometimes while in Mallorca and he was pretty good in that position.

    Id put him there with Smith with Ryan Taylor as a RM and Lovekrands as a LM

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #13


    7/1 odds arent bad for us muhamad ali was 8/1 to beat george foreman in rumble in the jungle and we know who won that howay the toon we can get something from this

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Lambs to the slaughter 🙁

  • TheToonKing

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #15

    we got zero chance tonight………ZERO….maybe agianst Arsenal…..or even Chelsea ….but not ManU…they just have waaaay to much quality…..

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #16

    well said Beye!

    …and I hear you ToonKing, but nowt wrong with a bit of positivity. COME ARN!

    (I’m in Sheffield and hear snow is coming down pretty heavy in Wallsend, and lying – anyone know owt?)

  • batty

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #17

    i think it will be a draw for the simple reason i think man u are due to drop points in the leauge

  • toooooonfan

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #18

    smith or lua lua instead of the cathorse from cameroon and we will be much better off

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    we are going to get murderd

  • toooooonfan

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #20

    our best chance is from a ryan taylor free kick

  • komfort

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #21

    batty: that’ll be 0-0 then cause we aint gonna score.

  • toonarmyuk

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed – agree with every part of the team….except GEREMI! He shouldnt even be on the reserves bench, let alone the 1st team.

    Get either Smith *sigh*, or Lua Lua in there instead.

  • Eddie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #23

    —————–Lua Lua———————–

    I know it’s not going to happen but what the

  • toonarmyuk

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Neil (10) – that’s a bit unfair. I’m sure if the club didn’t allow away support that we could fill the 52,000 seats.

    Not at the moment like, but last year (and many years before that certainly. I think it’s the economic situation (as well as the crap performance of the team) that is keeping us below the max this season.

    I’m sure if we survive this season, that it will be a full-house of optimists on the first home game (as ever). How long it will last all depends though…lol


    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #25




    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #26

    anyone know what the tampons are going to field?

  • Eddie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #27

    That’s the spirit Torontoon! And how about Jonas breaking his duck as well – and maybe a cheeky header from Tayls.

  • brownrob

    Mar 4, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #28

    My team for tonight

    S Taylor – Colo – Bassong – Jose
    R Taylor – Smith – Jonas – Loven
    Martins – Duke

    Need a bit of battle in the CM, and bad as smith is he will battle, and will be out to prove a point tonight

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Mar 4, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #29

    NUFC: Steve Harper (c), Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Geremi, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands, Oba Martins
    Subs: Tim Krul, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar, Shola Ameobi, Nicky Butt, Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua

    Viduka is not even on the bench and what is Butt doing on the bench??

  • Amirshearer

    Mar 4, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Come on toon!!!
    …as much as my guts tell me that things will won’t go nice and pretty later against Ronaldo and friends…
    But my heart’s with the toon always! Football is about highs and lows…and this is definitely the lowest point you can ever imagine as a Geordie.

    But still, it doesn’t hurt to be optimistic for once =p


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