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.
Howay The Lads!!
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