Pundit Backs Newcastle Against Red Devils

Michael Owen played four years for Newcastle from 2005-2009 when we were relegated, but in that time he played only 79 times for the Tyneside club with 30 goals, and he missed long periods of playing time  with some serious injuries, including an ACL knee injury he picked up playing for England at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Michael Owen media duties

Michael Owen – he’s now a pundit with BT Sports

In his prediction for tonight’s game which is a battle between two of Michael’s former clubs, he doesn’t exactly go out on a limb — but he thinks Manchester United will not win the match.

Michael will be commentating on the game for BT Sports, and this is what he has said in his Betvictor column today:

“I’m looking forward to going to St James’ Park, as I’ll be commentating on the game for BT Sports on Wednesday night, when Newcastle host Manchester United,”

“Both sides won at the weekend however both were far from convincing, and I think Louis Van Gaal’s side want taking on at around the even money mark.”

And his final recommendation is that Newcastle will win or draw the game.

Newcastle have been decimated with injuries, but we’ll still be able to field a decent side tonight, and it’s an opportunity for John Carver to prove he can get a result against a top side.

If we can win this game, it would be John’s third win in 10 games in charge of Newcastle – but we’d also be happy enough with a draw tonight.

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9 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 4, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Thanks for the encouragement, you are still a thief EMO

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 4, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Owen said the Villla game would be a goalless draw

  • SBergenwall

    Mar 4, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    That’s it then, we’ll definitely lose now

  • mindshaft

    Mar 4, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Owen is trying to ingratiate himself with the locals before his trip up north – there is only one outcome to this game and it’s a defeat
    For all Manure perceived problems they are still the 4th highest scorers with the third meanest defence.
    We however have the joint 3rd worst goals against in the prem

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 4, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Looking at the Whoscored.com stats there are a few positives, despite their passing accuracy and average player rating being a firm 7 compared to our upper 6.

    Manchester United Characteristics
    Shooting from direct free kicks
    Finishing scoring chances
    Attacking set pieces
    Creating long shot opportunities
    Creating chances using through balls
    Stealing the ball from the opposition
    Stopping opponents from creating chances
    Aerial duels
    Protecting the lead

    # Manchester United Style
    Possession football
    Control the game in the opposition’s half
    Attacking down the right
    Attempt through balls often

    They have not won just over half of their matches and we are actually only 5 points behind where we should aim to be. They play in the oppositions half, but are not full of confidence or skill and are susceptible to a counter attack. They have lost the in grained mental attitude that they will win, becoming used to conceding and disappointment.

    If we give them any encouragement (or an early penalty) we will struggle big time, but if we can deploy a strong defence that they struggle to dominate we have a chance. I would ‘love it’ to see a full flowing attacking game from the Toon but it would be to open and easily cut through. Better to start by putting a wet blanket on the game and give them no opportunity to shoot on goal.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 4, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6


    He’s done nothing but lick arse since being in charge. He’ll do ABSOLUTELY anything (can you hear me mike?) He’ll put up with ABSOLUTELY anything (can you hear me mike?) He doesn’t care who’s bought who’s sold (can you hear me mike?) injuries? He’ll deal with it even when he knows in his own mind the squads threadbare (so does everyone else) but then he says “the squads strong”

    He’s along for the ride and willing to feed us the club bullshit, living off being a geordie, living off Sir Bob and he thinks it helps and endears him to us when the opposite is happening.

    It doesn’t matter where he’s from or who he’s worked with. He’s got no shame and quite frankly has shown over the games he’s been in charge that he’s not good enough but worst of all he doesn’t care. He’s in the managers (head coach) space, he’s sat in the managers (head coach) chair. He’s happy.

    He’s an arse licker of the highest order.

    Again what’s him being a geordie got to do with it? Got to do with it, what’s love but a second hand emotion. (Little bit of Tina but relevant where the slug and now johnny boy are concerned)

  • John Tudor

    Mar 4, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    get off your butts and fight

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 4, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    If I were LVG (4-2-3-1):


    That is a blindingly good team, full of quick passing that could possibly run circles round our physically strong, big and lumbering squad. I might put a bet on us scoring from a set play!

  • Go toon gooooo

    Mar 4, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Last game strategy was excellent.Players positions also.If Carver repeats the same things this time draw is realistic(and solid)result against “millionic”Manchester of United team.Last game we looked as a real team and why not to repeat that again.If Haidara plays we’ll be very close to that.


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