Newcastle haven’t won at Old Trafford for 39 years.
So we’re quite sure Alan Pardew will be pounding that into the Newcastle players before tomorrow’s game, and challenge them to come away with a win and break the hoodoo.
And certainly it’s a good time to play Manchester United, with their defense hardly looking too solid these days, as they continue to give away daft goals, as they against Benfica on Tuesday night, when they could only draw 2-2 with the Portuguese side
When Newcastle played Manchester United at St. James’ Park last season they played very well in defense and managed to get a point and a clean sheet out of that game.
And one of the big keys to tomorrow’s game is whether the defense can put in a performance like they did last Saturday for the first 40 minutes of that game, when they held the Manchester City side.
If they can keep that excellent defending up for a full 90 minutes then Newcastle have every chance of coming away with at least a point tomorrow, and with a little bit of luck could shock the Red Devils and come away with a win.
But the odds that Newcastle can get a win tomorrow realistically must be low, and if you had asked Newcastle supporters what the two most difficult games this season would be, they would probably have said the games away to the two Manchester clubs.
it just so happens that we have those two games in successive fixtures, so there shouldn’t be any alarm if Newcastle get nothing out of the game tomorrow, although we know the boys will give it all they have.
Bad news this morning that not only Tiote is unfit but Danny Guthrie is not exactly 100% fit either, but we hope he can at least start the game, and maybe Dan Gosling can come on at some point in the second half for Danny.
Alan Pardew certainly has some selctions posers for tomorrow – whether to keep Ryan Taylor in the side at left-back after his two gaffes last weekend, and who to play out on the right wing – either the impressive young Sammy Ameobi or Gabriel Obertan, who returns from injury.
We’ll assume that Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson are the only two injuries Newcastle have for tomorrow, and that being the case this is the side we think Alan Pardew will start tomorrow:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Guthrie Gutierrez
Subs: Harper Santon Perch Gosling Ameobi (Sa) Ameobi (Sh) Best
No room on the bench there for Alan Smith or Peter Lovenkrands, and their time at Newcastle will be coming to an end at the latest next June, when their contracts run out.
If Newcastle can correct things that didn’t go well last week at the Etihad Stadium, like missing their chances and making mistakes in defense, then Newcastle can possibly do a lot better tomorrow.
It’s a long shot that Newcastle can get anything out of this game, especially with Cheick Tiote out tomorrow, but we wouldn’t bet anything this Newcastle side, which has surprised us quite a few times this season, with their excellent play and fighting performances.
So we’ll hope for the best tomorrow, and certainly a point would be great, and then we can concentrate on getting back to our winning ways at St. James’ Park a week tomorrow, with the news today that the game is already completely sold out.
Howay The Lads!!