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Manchester United vs Newcastle – Match Preview

9:40 am, Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments


This is one of Newcastle’s toughest games of the season, and after Manchester United could only draw 1-1 at Swansea City on Sunday and dropped two points on their rivals Manchester City, they will be going all out this afternoon to take three points off the Magpies.

And we cannot say we are in very good form at the moment either, although the lads put in a gritty performance to beat a poor QPR side 1-0 on Saturday afternoon, and the defense looked solid enough for only our second clean sheet in the league this season, although they were hardly threatened by a woeful QPR attack.

Newcastle will still be without three of our top players, Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor, and in addition Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling have long term injuries, although some good news that Gabby Obertan did return from his toe injury on Saturday and looked good when he came on as a sub.

And it’s a toss up as to whether Shola Ameobi or Papiss Cisse will start this game, after Shola scored the fantastic winner against QPR, and looked in good form on Saturday.

But Red Devils’ defender Jonny Evans seems wary of our two Senegal strikers, as he had this to say today:

“Those guys are both very powerful,” “What Newcastle do very well is work the ball wide and put it in the box.” “A lot of their goals come that way because Ba and Cisse don’t give you a minute.”

“When the ball is floating around in the box, they beat people in the air and their goal record is what got Newcastle to where they were last year.”

Newcastle will be without midfielder Cheick Tiote for today’s trip to Old Trafford, since he picked up his fifth yellow card on Saturday against QPR, and is suspended for today’s encounter.

This is a team Alan Pardew could start today:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Perch Anita Ferguson
Cisse Ba Obertan
Subs: Harper Tavernier Bigirimana Marveaux Ameobi (Sh) Ameobi (Sa) Gutierrez

James Perch started the game on Saturday but today he will directly substitute for the absent Cheick Tiote, so it could be that young Shane Ferguson could get a start on the left side of midfield, and we expect Gabby Obertan to replace Jonas Gutierrez on the left side of the front three, and maybe Shola Ameobi will start in place of Papiss Cisse – but we’ll assume Papiss will start today.

What team would you start?

We really don’t expect anything out of this game, and therefore it will be a nice surprise if our lads can get something out of the game.

That’s what we’re hoping for,  but the stats don’t give us much hope either:

  • Newcastle have won just one of our last 22 matches against Manchester United in all competitions – that’s when we hammered them 3-0 at home in January
  • Newcastle have not won in our previous 28 Premier League visits to Old Trafford – and that run stretches back over 40 years to a 2-0 victory in February 1972.
  • Manchester United have won 75 Premier League points against Newcastle – more than any other club has against our club

Given those facts it doesn’t look good today – but funny things can happen in life and in football.

Let’s us know how you think the game will go today.

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31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    1-0 to united, can’t go wrong

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    dammit Indian. Not only the refresh king but a pessimistic post to kick off the thread. You couldnt even have read the article.

  • 3 Taxi for Pardew // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    No Jonas, Ed’s been on the space cake.

  • 4 Santon03 // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM


    LOL which united?

  • 5 Indian Magpie // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM


    for me there is only 1 United & what is wrong in being pessimistic

    Pessimists built parachutes

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Tsunki…I didn’t read it either. I assume by Match Preview it said:

    We would lose against Man u normally, but in this case it’s a good thing for a NUFC fan as it may result in getting rid of Pardew. Let’s hope for a whopping defeat! HWTL!!!

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    He put the ‘u’ in lower case, so I assumed…… Indian, did you mean us? If so then I take back nearly all those things I said about you 🙂

  • 8 sirtoongospel // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    No way will he leave out Jonas. But I wonder when Pardew will put pressure on him to score? Cisse gets told to score from the wing but Jonas can fail to score all season and its fine? Strange.

    Pardew will be relying on Papiss soon enough though. When Ba leaves he will have to turn to the striker who has been badly utilised all season. But Papiss won’t let him or us down.

  • 9 davetoon // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    need to learn from Swansea who out muscled ManYoo off the ball and gave them no space.

    Would love to see Krul boot the ball at RVP’s head as well after how much of a tool he was against us the previous games.

  • 10 roshan MAGPIE // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    anyone off you think that carr should be our manager he knows which players are good

    and ibiza I think carr has been a manager of a team in lower league I saw it in an article

  • 11 Taxi for Pardew // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    3-0 for me, would accept that as well, not too embarrassing, i mean what do you expect with all those injuries to key men such as Gosling, Vuckic and Raylor.

  • 12 Santon03 // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM


    It’s just some from many reasons, yes they are lacking in some areas, but overall they are good owner and director.

  • 13 Tsunki // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Indian – pessimists dont get in planes.

    Ibiza – me too, me too. 🙂 Yeah lets get stuffed alive today then maybe SJP will be as empty as the stadium of plight and we will be in League 1 season after next that’ll teach Ashley ha ha lol etc….

    Is Roy Keane without a club at the minute?

  • 14 catchy in norway // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    35catchy in norway // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM


    Short term long term , as long as Pardew is not there then I think we will move forward

    We have injuries now, but it’s not like it’s been like this all season , or has it,
    Our biggest handicap seems to be Pardew , when we had nearly all of our players earlier in the season , you remember cabaye , being played as a defensive footballer watching balls go over his head , why could he not try and play the ball on the deck back then , both HBA and cabaye are among the best in the prem, right now it seems the players are even getting on Pardews back about the style, now with lesser players he is playing it on the deck, leaving his most creative player on the bench for 80 mins

    It was an insult that obertan just back from 6 weeks out got on first

    Pardew has lost the plot

  • 15 roshan MAGPIE // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    I think we will give away our possession whenever we get the ball because of the long balls we play

  • 16 Santon03 // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Bert Van Marwijk is without a club

  • 17 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Santon…Okay then. Still, that sentiment could apply to Pardew. You’re allowed to not like him though.

    Roshan….I don’t know much about him as a manager other then he has managed and is a scout now. I have just assumed that is for good reason.

    Tsunki….Roy Keane? Oh please no 🙂

  • 18 Indian Magpie // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    and Luis Enrique

  • 19 Tsunki // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    @11 – hey there, Mr Hilarious latest Wind-Up persona, go on, tell me you think we are not missing too many key players.

  • 20 Indian Magpie // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Alan curbishley

  • 21 Santon03 // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Lippi is in China, Delio Rossi also without a club.
    I’m ok with Beardsley as manager too.

  • 22 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Indian….@ 20 ….That sounds like a joke that came out of a Christmas cracker.

  • 23 Marty-Toon // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Obertan won’t start,he said himself that he needs to get match fit so why would he start?
    He probably can’t give us 60 mins so I’d say Jonas will start n Oba will come on as sub….shame though
    Tough game today but I just hope we give them a game of it.
    Carrick will be difficult for Perch today and the same with Cleverly and the Fat boy Rooney will be on the rampage and always seems to score against us.
    Just gotta hope for a BA hat trick 😉

  • 24 Tsunki // Dec 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Indian – ha ha that was the guy I was trying to remember, I used to always confuse him and Pardew. Hmm. There’s a message in there somewhere.

  • 25 Taxi for Pardew // Dec 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    We are missing Ben10 and Cabaye, the medical team as actually come clean with the reason why.

    Both out for 6 weeks with a badly strained neck due to watching balls fly over their heads for the most part of last and this season. Classical Repetitive strain injury.

    Ste Taylor might as well be forgot about, he gets injured, gets fat, gets injured, on the drink, gets fat, gets injured. Needs to sort himself out lifestyle wise.

  • 26 Indian Magpie // Dec 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM


    Joke or no joke but its no laughing matter 😉

  • 27 Tsunki // Dec 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Err you do realise that, sick though it was, the Keano thing was a joke? Gaahhh.

  • 28 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 26, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Marty….It’s all part of the mind games. Sir Alex wouldn’t know what to do if Obertan was all of a sudden starting the game.op

    I’m expecting a tough old game, but then again, I also expect Rooney went through a fair few roast dinners yesterday, so possibly feeling a little lethargic.

  • 29 Tsunki // Dec 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    @25 ha fair enough.

    Damn I hope there’s no hoofing all day today or as someone quite rightly already said, we will be on the back foot for the whole 90 minutes plus or minus SAF time. It was roshan wasnt it?

  • 30 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Indian….No jokes? Bah Humbug.

  • 31 Slank // Dec 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I think Pardew will play Jonas. I think his team will be:

    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Santon
    Obertan Perch Anita Jonas
    Cisse Ba

    I would prefer:

    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Santon
    Obertan Anita Marveaux Jonas

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