After failing to beat Aston Villa away last Sunday afternoon, Newcastle must now face an in-form Manchester United side next Tuesday night at St. James’ Park, in front of a capacity sell-out crowd.
Alan Pardew – will be looking for form improvement – quickly
It’s hard to know how Newcastle can beat the Red Devils, or even get a point from that game, because of all the injuries and suspensions in the squad at the moment.
But at least Cheick Tiote will be back from his two game suspension, but captain Kevin Nolan will miss this game, but will thankfully be back from suspension at Blackpool a week on Saturday, in what will be a crucial game for the Magpies.
Peter Lovenkrands talked about the upcoming Red Devils game today:
“We’re just about safe, so a lot of people will be saying we have nothing to play for, but I don’t think you can ever say that when you’re playing Man United,”
“It’s a massive challenge (from Manchester United), and there’s always pressure on us to perform anyway whenever we’re at home.”
“We’ll be looking to put pressure on them from the word go.” “They’re playing a lot of games at the moment and hopefully that will play into our hands.”
It will be a massive task to take anything out of the game with Manchester United next Tuesday, let’s make no mistake about that.
They are on a 7 game winning streak in all competitions at the moment, so it must be the business end of the season.
We will have to hope they will beat Manchester City on Saturday at Wembley, in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
That will then take the Red Devils to an eight game winning streak, and the odds that they will then also beat Newcastle must decrease – well that’s our fragile logic in any case. 😀
But Newcastle are unlikely to pick up points against Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the run-in to this season, and have to hope to beat Blackpool, Birmingham and WBA.
But the failure to beat a weak and nervous looking Aston Villa last Sunday, has us just a touch worried, that Newcastle may still not be safe in the Premier League.
And that’s especially true if the lads play like they did last Sunday, in too many more games this season, they looked completely flat on Sunday.
Not only do Newcastle need to keep picking up those points, the lads have lost three of the last four games, but they also need to show the Newcastle fans they are a lot better side than they looked last Sunday at Villa Park.
The club for whatever reason weakened the squad in January by losing Andy Carroll and Wayne Routledge, without brining in suitable replacements, and some of that action is starting to have some negative consequences.
Newcastle need to show much improved form, and if they can do that next Tuesday night, we could get a point.
But Newcastle must beat Blackpool on the following Saturday, whatever happens next Tuesday, otherwise the side could still be pulled back, and far too close to the relegation zone.