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Poll – How Will Newcastle Do At Manchester United On Saturday?

Newcastle picked up their first point of the campaign with a draw against Southampton before the international break. The lads twice squandered a lead through panicked defending including giving a penalty away in the match’s final moments.

While a point is better than nothing, a draw is a disappointing result despite the dreadful first-half performance. Newcastle’s defensive woes have been on full display this season.

Next on the docket is a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United this Saturday. The Red Devils are undefeated and put five past Leeds in their opening match. So if Newcastle don’t sort themselves out at the back it could be another painful afternoon.

Steve Bruce will hopefully provide a positive injury update this week. He held both Isaac Hayden and Paul Dummett back against the Saints. With an additional two weeks of recovery, both should be available on Saturday. That could help shore up the defense.

It could be just Martin Dubravka and Jonjo Shelvey that remain on the injured list. There was a report last week that Karl Darlow will be available this week after his bout with Covid.

Whether Bruce will make a change at goalkeeper is unclear, though that is a potential option with us conceding so many goals. Freddie Woodman has been offered little protection so it may be harsh on the 24-year-old to drop him just yet.

Callum Wilson was withdrawn in the second half against The Saints with a thigh problem. However, it doesn’t appear to be a serious one and he should be ok for the match this weekend.

However, we’ll likely be without Miguel Almiron, who faces a ban due to his exclusion from the Paraguay squad. That could give Sean Longstaff another opportunity in the midfield. The local lad got the nod against Southampton and put in a decent shift.

Hopefully, there are no fresh injury concerns and the presence of Paul Dummett on the left side of the back three can make some difference. We’ll need all the help we can get to keep the match on Saturday close.

How Will Newcastle Do At Manchester United On Saturday?

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25 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Sep 6, 2021 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Less than 30% possession and get spanked by 4 or 5

    But Bruce will see some green shoots I’m sure

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 6, 2021 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Is there a match on?
    Best check when my return flight is.

  • marshy

    Sep 6, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    it could be a cricket score.

  • TheTinman

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #4

    1 wicket in the first hour still keeps this match tight…

    Current run rate and England would end up 60 runs short, they would only need to up it to 3.4 runs an over which is similar to the run rate from both sides for the whole match. So it’s very achievable.

    Will they go for it… Who knows.

  • barkel

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    it’ll be 1 all or 4-1 to them

  • Romford mag

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Already written that game off !

  • MAGnificent.MR.TEA

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    I expect the master tactician brucie to tell the lads if we ignore ronaldo maybe he will disappear

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    So if Fraser is injured , Wilson injured, Shelvey injured and Almiron blocked from playing I do worry what kind of team Bruce is going to put out

    For me I think its suicide for us to play this 3 at the back with the gaps it creates

    442 or 4231 nice and compact:

    Manquillo RB
    Lascalles CB
    Fernandez CB
    Lewis LB
    Sean DM
    Hayden DM
    Murphy RW
    Joelinton LW
    ASM no 10
    Gayle striker

    Not perfect by any means having Gayle in there but the other option would be Richie at LW and Joelinton up front and would rather not do that

  • DrGloom

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Highly likely that we’ll do everything possible for Ronaldos homecoming unveiling to be an unmitigated success and we’ll allow him to score a hat trick or maybe even more

  • DrGloom

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Another defeat and in all likelihood a defeat against Leeds week after …

  • lesh

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Assuming that Bruceyboy has been in Portugal, might it be that after a week with Jones taking training, the lads might be up for at least trying to win the game at ManU?

    I’m not suggesting for a minute that a win’s a possibility but if we can score one two, they’d help keep GD down a bit.

  • lesh

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    What’s the possibilty of Portugal being declared a really really really red country and the UK insisting on say six weeks of isolation for anyone coming back from from there.

    It’d be a pity if we were denied the benefit of Bruce for a few weeks.

  • dekka

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Haha. A bit of an obvious one, how anyone thinks this is anything but a stroll for Man Utd is beyond me. I’ve all but lost interest completely in football and I might never get it back thanks to the fcb. The rouble is lots of kids aren’t interested in the toon either. My nephew is 13 and supports Liverpool! He says most of his mates don’t like Newcastle so support other teams. It’s all very sad.

  • lesh

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14


    I’m not sure a losing run’d end post Leeds. How’s about a winless run till Christmas?7

  • DjMickyg

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #15

    we will loose 5 – 0 and the clown bruce will be laughing and joking with the Man UTD lads after rolling over like a puppy just cause he played wtith them before. We will sit back concede 4 and then decide on the 85 minute maybe we should change the tactics. We will be getting slaughtered in midfield over ran cause the team does no fitness drills cause he doesnt believe in those or tactics and then spin some waffle about players not getting enough pre season forgetting he started shelvey who had the least amount of minutes and then got him injured

  • lesh

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #16


    It’s shocking to hear that Tyneside kids are supporting other clubs these days.

    Ashley’ll neither knows or cares about the damage he’s done. He’s shameless, amoral, detestable.

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Do we know if Bruce has definitely gone on holiday? I wouldn’t put it past him but just wondering if it’s confirmed news or the usual rumours circulating twitter that have gained traction.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t think there is any guarantee whatsoever that we will beat Watford especially if we are coming off the back off a spanking from Man Utd and Leeds!

    Then its Wolves, Spurs, Palace and Chelsea after that collection of games we would really need to be beating Wolves and Palace at that stage just to keep up with a point a game which we seem to always work towards

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #19

    You wait ages for new posters then loads come all at once 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    The Tinman,
    Could have done without that wicket falling, run out 😕

  • Geordie crappa

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t even expect a decision in this game, let alone a performance.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Back from Covid centre, nice and quick, really efficient and so friendly. We’ve had an incredibly successful roll out programme. Think we not have more vaccinated per head of population than any european country bar Malta. Yet we have really high case numbers still. So its really about preventing serious ill health and hospitalisation, as the scientists keep telling us. I think winning the All Ireland did little for us as large numbers of cases in limerick now!

    Bloody Covid.

    Man U game? Lose by 4

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 6, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Dekka/Lesh its not surprising though. Thats why Ive had such a fight keeping my young guy supporting NUFC over here. There is such little incentive to support our lot.

  • kimbo

    Sep 6, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #24

    1 point out of the 1st 10 games is looking good.
    Relegation is the only way we can get rid of Ashley.
    Can the club tell us who bought Joelinton????????They are happy to tell us we have spent lots of money but we have wasted a minimum of £60M on players who are now worthless. (Joelinton,Kraft,Lewis)

  • G

    Sep 6, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Well, if Memory Serves, Manyoo’s biggest win margin (Premier League era only) was a 9-0 win over Ipswich Town in the mid 90’s. This weekend, I think they have a decent chance of bettering that


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