Manchester United vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Drawing Manchester United away in the Capital One Cup was one of the hardest venues for any club in the 3rd round draw, but Newcastle will go there tonight, and try to win this game – and register a win at Old Trafford for the first time in over 40 years.

And it’s really a toss-up as to which side Alan Pardew will field tonight, but we would expect at least five changes from the side that started in the 1-0 win against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.

Being drawn away happens to be the fourth time in a row Newcastle have been drawn away in the League Cup competition, so we haven’t exactly had much luck in the draw.

Tottenham Hotspur will be visiting Old Trafford in the league on Saturday, (Newcastle are at Reading), so it’s difficult to know how strong a side Alex Ferguson will field tonight, but we hope it’s a weak one.

As far as Newcastle are concerned here’s a shot at the starting line up and the bench for tonight:

Perch Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Obertan Tiote Gosling Amalfitano
Ameobi (Sh) Cisse
Suns: Elliot, Tavernier, Bigirimana, Ferguson, Vuckic, Ameobi (Sa), Marveaux

Let us know what team you would start tonight.

Some other changes Alan could make are to bring back Rob Elliot in goal for Steve Harper, after Rob’s brilliant performance last week in Madeira, and Vurnon Anita could find himself on the bench, or even in the starting lineup tonight – we’ve given him a rest tonight along with a few more of our starters.

One key to the game is what team Alex Ferguson will field tonight, and the weaker the side, the less he rates Newcastle – but since we took 4 points off the Red Devils in the league last season, including a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, Alex may start a decent side tonight.

We have to hope the Newcastle defense, which has been playing well recently, continues their good form, and that Papiss Cisse will start up front, and regain some of his goal-scoring form. There’s nothing like a goal out of the blue to give our lads confidence, and it would really help Papiss too , of course.

Another factor for Newcastle is how Shola Ameobi plays, as the 30 year-old has looked in very good form of late, and he was unlucky not to score at least one goal against Maritimo last week, when he hit the post twice.

We all know now that Newcastle haven’t won at Manchester United for a very long 40 years, and the lads will be using that as an inspiration, and trying to break that too-long streak tonight.

And we wouldn’t put it past a Newcastle side to win tonight – and it would be a fantastic result for the side, and propel our season forward – big time.

Papiss – all we need is three goals from you – and we can do this! 😀

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211 comments so far

  • jamo nairobi

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    I actually think we might get a win tonight.Cisse is bound to score soon so why not in this game?SAF will definitely field a weaker team but I’m hoping Pardew takes this game seriously as we might have a chance of going further in this tournament than the Europa Lg and FA Cup

  • beefman13

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    You cant ever take man utd for granted , they have such a big squad and players on the fringes want to prove a point to their manager just as our players do at the toon.

    i can see this being a terrific cup tie tonight and i cant wait, coin is in the air for me what will be will be but there is no doubting the feeling at our club is that we fancy this one/

    i really dont think any team scares us now and we have our core of the team coming back in to the fold which must surely make us better and harder to beat.

    I like all of us am desperate for a trophy, and the league cup would be fantastic, lets all hope we can set of on the front foot tonight, and get a result, it could be yet another nail biter, but if we are going to win out that is the way its going to be.

    man utd and liverpool have won 41 trophys each since we last won anything, its not fair ha ha, am bugged to hell by that, envious of course, its about time out time was coming, i believe it will.

  • toonLYF

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Why are people putting Gosling over Bigirimana in their starting line up? And don’t give me the crap about how he played well against Maritimo. He didn’t. Other than hitting the post he chased the game and rarely made his presence known. He infuriates me, moreso than Obertan; as atleast Gabs seemingly would like to do well.

  • jamo nairobi

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Key for me in this game is who SAF plays in midfield, we need to start HBA if we’re to create chances for Cisse.ManUtd at home are very comfortable it’ll be a tough one but HWTL


    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Jammo Nairobi. Used to live in Nairobi loved it. Sorry detracting from the game. Hope and pray we will fed up being surrounded by plastic Mancs. Was in Lagos when we did them 5 – nowt no-one else in the bar typical HWTL

  • tdt

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Pardew might suprise us all and play his strongest team:


    Subs: Elliot, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Vuckic, Ameobi (Sa), Ameobi (Sh), Marveaux

    That would be exciting! (if not dangerous re injuries). However I think in reality it will be a mixture of experience and youth:

    —-Ameobi (Sh)—Cisse—-

    Subs: Harper, Ferguson, Gosling, Vuckic, Ameobi (Sa), Amalfitano, Campbell.

    Ever time I think of the starting XI, there’s another player I want to include/rest!

  • bollance

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7


    Good line up but hba will not start. Swap him for vuckic or gosling and u should have the probable line up for tonight.

  • bollance

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Or Shola or sammi

  • rainrix

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #9

    ToonLYF.. Who are these “people” You refer to. The only person i see who has is ed :). But yeah given the amount of interviews bigi has done this week i think its guaranteed he’ll start along with tiote in CM

  • tappy lappy

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10

    This is our best chance of winning a trophy. We are not going to finish top 4 as we dont have the resources of Man U, Man C, Chelsea or Arsenal. So lets put our strongest team out and get some silverware.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Team for tonight using fringe players and some experience:






    Subs: Elliot, Taylor, Perch, BenArfa, Cisse, Marveaux

  • HUDsausage

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m gonna say this as my team for tonight;

    Perch, Willo, S Taylor, Santon;
    Obertan, Bigi, Gosling, Ferguson;
    Makem Slayer, Cisse.

    Only other changes from that could be Elliot to start in goal & Marveaux instead of Ferguson!

    Got a great chance tonight but as ever, Man U will have a strong team, even with the youngsters, Nick Powell especially seems a cracking young player. See the goal he scored for Crewe in the playoff final in May!?

  • toonLYF

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Rainrix – loads of posters over the last 2-3 days have been choosing Gosling mate; seemingly mindlessly, as if they were to think about it, they would realise he has done absolutely nothing in a Newcastle kit despite getting chance after chance. I have no time for players who can’t even show basic professional footballing knowledge and attributes.

  • thai-mag

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #14

    the 24 people that have voted for a draw so far are all wrong, theres only win or lose tonight

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15

    thai-mag @ # 14

    Very relevant point there and nicely made. 😉 😆

  • check the toastie

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree dont want to see gosling play, we have loads better. Think we should play as strong as team as possible, lets face it, the lads have a good couple of games to recover.

    Tavernier Collo Willo Santon
    Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Sammi/Fergy/Marv
    Cisse Shola

    Cant make my mind up who should play LM, not bothered but hope it is one of the 3 shown, just goes to show that our squad isnt that weak eh.

    People left out – Krul Saylor Perchinho, Jonas, Bigi, Ba, Obertoon, Abeid, Amalfitano, Anita, and a few more, not bad really.

  • thai-mag

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #17

    a draw 15% with 30 votes, extra time then penalties lads

  • Tsunki

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #18

    I still think of all the comps this is the lowest priority. I expect a decent bench but I don’t think Pardew will totally sacrifice the 3 points from the reading game to beat the mancs.

  • check the toastie

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #19

    days not games

  • rainrix

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #20

    ToonLYF… They’re selecting him likely because he usually starts these cup games. Though tonight we should really start our strongest pairing which is tiote and bigi. I hope pards does play them together it’ll be interesting to see the master and the apprentice playing together 🙂 .

  • check the toastie

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Dont see why we should have the attitude that our players cant play this game then a game on Saturday, 4 games and most the players will be having 2 weeks off, must be tough being a professional footballer, tiredness my arse,

    All i want to see tonight, is for us to actually look up for the battle over the first 10/15 minutes rather than ease our way into a game, by which point we have lost any initiative, think Mr T and Bigi if selected can get us a foothold in the game hopefully.

    Big Shola can also hold the ball up a bit better, would put Ba on the bench and bring him on when Shola starts to get tired after about 20minutes 🙂

  • bollance

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22


    The reason we dont keep the same team week in week out is because the game is played at a high intensity. The fornt 6 (midfield and attackers) do a lot of running per game. You would also make an argument to say the FB’s also cover a lot of ground but pards like other managers has played his back 5 a lot this season and will do again tomorrow and Saturday.

    The premiership is probably the best league in the world because of this high tempo game and we are certainly at our best as an attacking force when we break on the counter attack, would you not agree?

  • bollance

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Finally, if we are going to have a crack at the top 4 this season we need to be beating Reding away and we wont do that unless we have our best players firing on all cylinders

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Gosling’s fitness looks better but I fail to see why this guy should have a cereer with NUFC. I dont think Obertan is up to much either, although at least he has speed. So far, Amalfitano and Marveaux have not shown that they are first team material. I’d like to see us put out a very strong side and try to get as far as possible in this league. Is Ba fit?

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #25

    I think Marv has lovely touch and vision, but possibly lacks strength or the will to impose himself. So far, we cant say he has been a good raid from Liverpool although he clearly has ability so hope springs eternal….

  • Iceland

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #26

    My team:
    Anita———–Williamson————–Coloccini (c)——Santon

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #27

    I reckon he will play

    harper, perch, colo, williamson, santon, obertan, tiote, bigi, fergie, ameobi, cisse.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh Jaysus, i’m feeling a bit miserly today, but Vuckic is looking less likely all the time too! Has he yet grabbed a game by the neck?

  • toonLYF

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #29

    rainrix – or just for lack of a better idea 😛 Bigirimana and Tiote are the first names on the team sheet tonight for me.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s hard not to get drawn in to the excitement of cups. Am I right in thinking the next round is the final 16? So we’re five games away from winning something?

    Right, my priorities are being thrown out of the window. Confidence is high. Let’s get the win. Then four games away from a trophy….how hard can that really be? 🙂

    On formations, would love to see Tiote and mini Tiote in the middle. It’s practically like building a brick wall through the centre of the pitch, which is ideal seeing as we generally hoof it past that point anyway. I don’t see how we can fail! HWTL!

    One last thing (well, for this post, unlikely for the day). A prayer to the SKY gods. Please signal don’t let me down. I know it’s windy here today and this generally means you will try and torture me, but please, do the right thing. Yours, Ibizatoon.

  • Ericles

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Firmly believe the strongest available team should be fielded. So no fiddling with the pack – it is a serious competition and not a whist drive. So how about Harper; Anita, Saylor, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse. And on the bench Krul; Williamson, Perch, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Shola, Sammy.

  • hotdog

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #32

    I cant agree with some of the posts that top 4 is the priority. Yes it is where the money is but what do we as fans and players really want from Newcastle United £50million in the bank or a trophy. I know what will last longer in my memory and for those fans getiing on in age its 43 years for christ’s sake. As Ibiza points out its 5 games HWTL


    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #33

    is da game live in.india????

  • phillyg

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Can’t wait for the game tonight. Being a magpie in manchester ideal game to go and wtach, but will have to be sat in with the united fans as cudnt get newcastle tickets. Never been to old trafford, hope we win. HWTL.


    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Perch Willo Colo Santon
    Tiote Bigi
    Marv Gosling Romain

    Reckon that would be my team for the night…Obertan will start though probably over Romain

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #36

    Hotdog…I’ve perhaps been a little naughty. I have been saying all summer to anyone who cares to listen that PL should be our number one priority. Not just to increase our bank balance, but to ensure we qualify for further European football and keep an attractive option for our current players and any possible new ones. Do I think the Capital One cup would do this? Not so sure, although it will help. The problem with these cups is, yes five wins and we’ve won, but we all know how quickly and easily these games can be taken away from us, after seeing it time and time again. So really, our strongest team shouldn’t be played. Surely the Reading game is more important?

    I do however feel, that we can put out a decent enough mix of quality and youth to give it a bloody good go this evening, then we can assess the draws as they come about and what fixtures we have to compete with.

    Cor, that was a good ramble…feeling good 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #37

    I have no idea about who’s going today, but I have a feeling SAF is going to give quite a few of the youngsters a runout so this would be my choice of lineup:

    Anita Colo Wilo Santon
    Ober Tiote Bigi Marv

    * Maybe even puss Ober and Marv a bit forward.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

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    Sep 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #39

    bad luck gamez live on tenaction on box 🙁 gona miss da action will watch wb match

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #40
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