Newcastle have made a phenomenal start to the season.
Alan Pardew on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium
And while we couldn’t get anything out of the game at the Eitihad Stadium last Saturday, and it could be tough to get anything at Old Trafford on Saturday, Newcastle can still have an amazingly successful season.
If you look at the Premier League table after 12 games Newcastle are joint 3rd, but in 4th place on goal difference with 25 points.
Newcastle are 3 points above Liverpool and Arsenal, but more important than that, is that we are 10 points above 8th placed Aston Villa and 9th placed QPR, who are both on 15 points.
Newcastle are not top four material, well not yet anyway, but possibly the only teams that look stronger than Newcastle this season are the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Of the remaining 14 PL sides Newcastle are easily the best, and it could be we are even stronger than one of those top six listed above – maybe.
One thing to concentrate on through the end of the season is to ensure that Newcastle take points from these other 13 weaker sides in the PL, and Newcastle have done a decent job of that so far this season.
Even if Newcastle average just one point from their remaining 26 games, we will end up with 51 points, and that would have been good for 8th place last season, 3 points behind 7th placed Everton.
And of course one point from each game is close to relegation form, so Newcastle should do better than that in our final 26 games.
So even if the lads get nothing out of the next two games, Newcastle can still make this a memorable season, and not only meet their goal of finishing in the top ten, but doing even better than that.
What do you think?