Newcastle vs Manchester United – Match Preview


The very last thing we want to happen tonight is for Newcastle to lose to Manchester United.


And that’s because our poor run will continue and it will be the sixth defeat in the last 9 games for Newcastle,  after the lads did so well in the other 11 games.

But Newcastle usually play well against Manchester United and indeed earned a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on November 26th when Tim Krul was simply magnificent in goal, and the defense played so very well.

Of course that;s while we still had Steven Taylor playing so great for Newcastle, but in the  next game at home to Chelsea he injured his Achilles and is probably out for the season.

But Mike Williamson is a strong center-back and we have to think that Mike can get the job done for the Magpies this season, and tonight’s game will be a good test for the Newcastle defense that has leaked 17 goals in the last 8 Premier League games.

The biggest key to this game for Newcastle is whether our defense can cope with Wayne Rooney and the rest of the skillful Manchester United forwards.

Indeed dhow we do for the rest of the season in the second half of the season and 19 games, will depend on how the defense can play.

This is how the last 18 games have gone while Newcastle have been in the Premier League, and it’s courtesy of www.nufc.com, the longest running and probably the best Newcastle United web-site created by fans,  and it has a wealth of great information for Newcastle fans around the world.

2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, Brown og.
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola,
Ferdinand, Shearer, Albert
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole

Most of the Newcastle players are fit for the game tonight, and we are assuming Danny Guthrie is fit again after his groin strain, so we only have Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux  not available for this game.

This is the team and suvbs we think Alan will start tonight:

Krul
Simpson Coloccini (C) Williamson Santon
Obertan Cabaye Tiote  Gutierrez
Ben Arfa
Ba
Subs: Elliot Taylor (R) Perch Guthrie Ameobi (Sa) Ameobi (Sh) Best

No room in that squad for Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Alan Smith or Peter Lovenkrands.

Some changes to the team could be Sammy Ameobi or even Peter Lovenkrands starting on the right wing for Obertan.

And Alan may still prefer Ryan Taylor to Davide Santon at left back, although we do think the time is getting closer when Davide will become a regular starter at left back for the club.

Santon looks a good player, who’s excellent on the ball and he seems to have now acclimatized himself to English football and he also well with Jonas Gutierrez.

And Ryan Taylor could be a worthwhile right winger for Newcastle, and play in the David Beckham style out there, and he certainly can cross the ball and is great with free kicks of course.

Ryan has been very good for Newcastle at left-back this season, and it’s a credit to him that he’s played so well while playing out of position, but there again Ryan has always been a first class professional on Tyneside.

The keys to the game are that our defense can look water-tight again, and not give silly goals away like we have done too many times recently.

And all three goals at Liverpool were poor ones form a Newcastle United perspective, as were the goals against West Brom too.

Demba Ba will be a big player for Newcastle  tonight,  and we hope he can rifle in a few goals, because if he can do that and the lads can become solid again in defense, there’s  a chance we can win this game, and that would be great.

Make that fantastic.

Howay The Lads!!

 



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242 comments so far

  • toonashwin

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    philosophy games result
    1 mtch at time 11 matches 25 pts
    3 mtchs 3 matches 1 pt
    big three
    4 matches at go 5matches 4 pts
    2games at go
    (lfc and mufc ) 2 matches 0 and
    still counting

    so its time to go to our old philosophy of one match at time
    and see the results
    HWTL

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  • G

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    I will be happy with 1 point from this one. If we could snatch 3, I would be delirious.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Lets just hope we try to play football and not just lump it long at every opportunity. We have the players to keep the ball and work the space, if fit enough Benny has to start

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  • boater

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Read a rumour that the first goal tonight is a toon pen – place your money on the pen’ taker lads.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #5

    @G lol i would be happy with a 1-0 defeat…cant expect 2 much when man utd know they hada win this one or city will be 3 points clear

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  • boater

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Rumours all over twitter that tonight’s game will finish 2-1, shola bags the winner off the bench.

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  • Ian Magpie

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #7

    ‘And its Krul with the goal kick for Newcarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrstle.HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #8

    @boater its not wrestling here like and ever since we got that last pen we have had bad luck like david luiz shoulda been off the fk vs liverpool shouldnt off been

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  • boater

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Or ever since the last pen we haven’t played well enough to win more than one game.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Lets just hope its not another performance like we had against Liverpool, if we go down fighting so be it, but to go with no fight or effort, that I can’t take

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  • NUFCkris

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    My team tonight would be

    ————————————Krul———————————-

    –Simpson——Williamson——–(c)Collocini—–Santon—
    ———————————–Tiote———————————-
    ——————–Cabaye—————-Vuckic———————

    ————Hba———————————-Gutierrez———–

    ————————————-Ba———————————–

    Pardew said we should attack tonight, this should get us a point

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Well if david luiz was sent off we woulda won…look what we done to a 10-men arsenal

    And people keep saying we were crap at liverpool well the way i seen it was at 1-1 if they had’nt scored a fk witch was never a fk they would’nt off been able to attack as much because they woulda been opend up on the counter

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  • toonashwin

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    late september or october if we dont qualify for europe after sale in summer and all yearly payment recieved club will be on sale for 110 m
    HWTL

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Btw What a fu*king goal by Craig Gardner and Vaughan yday =/ Martin O’neill is beginning to p*ss me right off ha

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #15

    And why is’nt bellamy getting done for saying to krul fu ck you ya dutch cu nt on live tv??

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  • toonashwin

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #16

    gonna post it on twitter

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Just a pitty joey bartoon was’,nt in are team or i woulda preditcted bellamy to be shown the red

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  • toonashwin

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #18

    read 13 and 16 together
    and see how 2 + 2 is 5
    need some volunteers
    pls post on twitter for fun
    cmon lads

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    http://youtu.be/qlHqAzrIp9M

    surely worth a 8 match ban

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #21

    kevy
    I think its because he had no idea the camera was on him and its not considered ‘racist’ comment but I agree with ya Bellamy should learn some manners Krul clearly asked if he was alright and he recieved that little rant from the welsh helmet….I was begging for Krul to get in his face 😉

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  • JackButler

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #22

    All it take is for one fan to make an official complaint to the police about what Bellamy said and they have to investigate it

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #23

    The thing that has annoyed about us recently losing is that there has seemed to be a lack of effort. I would be delighted if we finished the season where we are now, so i certainly don’t expect us to win every game, far from it. All I want is for us to actually look like we couldn’t have done anymore, and that we lost not because of our tactics or lack of effort but because the other team were just better than us. If we lose tonight, I won’t care so long as we play our hearts out. It wasn’t the case against liverpool, west brom, norwich or swansea (even if we did get a point).

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  • chris_g

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    “Read a rumour that the first goal tonight is a toon pen – place your money on the pen’ taker lads.”

    That can’t be right. Tonight’s ref is Howard Webb – guaranteed to award a pen to Manure, not the Toon.

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  • boater

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #25

    kevymartins – how do you know we would have won? If shola’s rocket had been half an inch lower we would have equalised with 8 mins to go.. but don’t torment yourself with sliding doors parallel universe scenarios.

    We haven’t been as good as the teams above us.. say it out loud, take it on the chin and move on.

    I think we need to start playing our best players now and go for it in every game. That’s what I took from Liverpool – we have better players than them at the moment but they wanted it more. Sod the system. Play Ba and Shola and Arfa behind – the 3 most likely to get a shot away around the box.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #26

    If we play like we have been playing for the last 5 games. I expect atleast 20 over shots on goal from manchester united with atleast 60-70% possession.

    Just pray manchester united that lost to blackburn turns up.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Personally i think simpson has to go he is are weak link if we sign a good proper solid lb

    ___________krul_________
    santon____colo__***__cissokho

    looks much better

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  • boater

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #28

    kevymartins – because the dutch are the same race as us.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m hoping we’re a lot more positive than vs Liverpool, more options when going forward and some decent passing football. Our last game was a big disappointment. It’ll be one hell of a tough game but we know that when we play well we are capable of beating anyone.

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  • stunna

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #30

    We need to go back to a 4-4-2 with Best or Shola paired with Ba. Ba is much better with a hold-up man & it will keep our outside mids wide.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Whats the bets within the next few days Ben Arfa will be linked to a move to Swansea lmao

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #32

    HOWARD WEBB MUST be banned from all man united games home and away

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  • boater

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Man Utd hoping that Rooney, Ferdinand, Giggs and Howard Webb will all come through late fitness tests ahead of tonight’s game.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #34

    GT89 – you have to ask why does a team just promoted play better football than us???

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #35

    @stunna // Jan 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    We need to go back to a 4-4-2 with Best or Shola paired with Ba. Ba is much better with a hold-up man & it will keep our outside mids wide.

    we can’t go back to 4-4-2 simply because the 442 system that pardew utilizes requires very good forward from winger. but obertan and jonas suck at doing that. they work hard on the wings. so its better to have a man in the hole to do the attacking work.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #36

    forward play*

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  • Crow59Cdo

    Jan 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #37

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/32242/leon-best?cc=5739

    stats on leon best this season, i know the hoof ball tactic is far from great but it shows with best it works, its not all about the goals and assists its more what he contributes to the team as a whole, his hold up play is terrific and for a biggish man has a good touch and power, although for tonight everyone is screaming for benny to start (which i agree with and think he should play behind the front two) im screaming for best to start especially with manures defensive difficulties i think he’ll cause so real problems and also give him some confidence before ba goes to the acn

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  • boater

    Jan 4, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Arfa’s kicking off over Pardew’s tactics.. out of context but still that can’t be good.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Better styled manager brought up with a great footballing philosophy and a great desire to produce the magic on the pitch.. look at Brighton they play good football and have another ex chelsea fella in charge

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  • boater

    Jan 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #40

    ……………..krul/
    simmo/colo/willo/santon/
    ……cabaye/tiote/jonas
    ……………arfa
    ………….ba/shola

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