BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League matches. He has Newcastle United getting whacked 3-0 at Manchester United on Saturday.
Here is what he wrote about the match:
Newcastle badly need a win, but Old Trafford, on the day Ronaldo makes his return, is not the time or place for them to get it.
There is no doubt Ronaldo’s arrival has improved Manchester United. In terms of what he brings to the team, well, he won’t be chasing full-backs down, will he?
It will be a case of ‘you stay up there, we will get the ball to you’. It is pretty basic, but why wouldn’t you do that with Ronaldo in your side, when he is so good in the air?
If he gets the service you’d expect him to from the players behind him, he is going to score plenty – and he’ll probably be taking every penalty, free-kick, and even the throw-ins and goal-kicks too.
Well, we can expect much more of this type of salivating over the next couple of days. Lawro has basically only written about the return of Ronaldo with just a mention of Newcastle needing a win.
Newcastle are just an afterthought for tomorrow’s match as all eyes are focused on the world-class Portuguese forward. Though not many will argue with Lawrenson’s prediction of a 3-0 win for The Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Man United have seven points from their first three matches to Newcastle’s one. They return home after two away matches where they picked up a draw and a win. They hammered Leeds 5-1 on the opening weekend at home.
Newcastle have limped out of the gate in the early goings with three straight defeats, including the Carabao Cup, and a disappointing draw against Southampton. While The Magpies took the lead twice against the Saints at St. James’ Park, we couldn’t hold it and really didn’t deserve much more than the point.
Our defending has been woeful and it looks like Callum Wilson will be sidelined with a thigh injury for tomorrow. We’ll find out more from Steve Bruce during his press conference this morning.
It’s all lining up for a lopsided defeat against The Red Devils. However, the lads can play the spoilers in Ronaldo’s return. That could provide some motivation but they’ll have to put in some performance to pick up a result on Saturday.