OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMan Utd. v Newcastle United
Wednesday 26 December 2012 3pm 

Top Tips
Draw H-T and F-T 10/1
Ba To Score A Goal 7/2
Match Finish 1-1 13/1
For once the pressure will be off Alan Pardew, as Newcastle visit somewhere they haven’t won at for over forty years.

Last season United produced a great battling performance to earn a 1-1 draw, all the more creditable as after pulling it back to all square, Jonas was sent off and the later stages of the match saw everybody manning the barricades.

Asked about United’s chances on Wednesday, Alan Pardew said the only thing he could say when asked about our chances by the Chronicle;

“I would like to think at Manchester United on Boxing Day we can produce a shock. We will have to wait and see if we can”.

You can hardly come out and say we have no chance can you?

Of course we do have a chance but our ludicrous forty year drought does prey on the mind just a little…

Earlier today we carried an article predicting the following;

‘Despite Jonas getting hauled off on Saturday I think Alan Pardew will play him as usual but in a 4-4-1-1 formation of;

Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Obertan, Anita, Perch, Gutierrez; Ba; Shola’

Interesting then to hear the manager confirming he could be thinking along similar lines possibly;

“I might make two changes to freshen it up but I will have to give that some thought with John Carver”.

One change will be enforced anyway with Cheick Tiote suspended and it isn’t as though Alan Pardew is overwhelmed by alternatives.

All the usual suspects such as Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor will be missing as well.

Manchester United have the likes of Kagawa and Nani missing but with their squad it matters little.

While everybody knows United haven’t won at Old Trafford in forty years, we have drawn two of the last three Premier League meetings at Old Trafford, so there!

AlexFerguson3The way Manchester United took Newcastle apart early on at St.James’ Park means Alan Pardew won’t need any reminding of what could happen if we start slowly again. As always, the longer matches against the better teams go without Newcastle conceding means you always have a chance.

Fergie wasn’t too impressed by their draw at Swansea but as leaders of the Premier League they are clearly one of the two, if not the, best teams.

No wonder you can get 25/1 on a 0-0 draw, Manchester United have scored in every one of their last fifty seven Premier league matches at Old Trafford.

While our opponents have been scoring goals for fun including three at St.James’ Park, including that match Man.U. have only kept four clean sheets in twenty six competitive games this season.

A statistic that tells me that while Newcastle can expect to be defending for the majority of the match, we have to make sure we also have a go at the same time.

Reading, QPR, Stoke, Southampton and Villa have scored ten against Man.Utd between them so we should score if we show any adventure, even the mackems scored on their recent visit.

As ever, injuries provide opportunities and just maybe, someone will take advantage of that at Old Trafford.

Best Odds on Boxing Day match – (Prices Can Fluctuate)
Draw H-T and F-T 10/1
Ba To Score A Goal 7/2
Match Finish 1-1 13/1

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Jarra MIck
Jarra MIck 5pts

It looks like Johnson has played the mackems for mugs, if he had told them he was pleading guilty all those months ago they would have had no option but to drop him. Pleading guilty at the last moment meant he was able to play on.

Kev82 5pts

Can't believe the Sunderland fans over the last year singing his name in support with this charge hanging over his head. You may say innocent till proven guilty but I don't think I'd be vocally backing a Toon player on a similar charge while there was a chance he may be guilty. I hope the Mackems sack him now and that he faces similar treatment to Ched Evans in struggling to get back into the game.

Graham Wilson
Graham Wilson 5pts

I still don't know how Sunderland were allowed to play him with a charge like this hanging over him??? bet there fans are proud for cheering him on, shame on them all,

Drumbo 5pts

Graham - really?

Have you got nothing better to write about?

Lame, very lame.

Mark Brooker
Mark Brooker 5pts

As wealthy as he is if the scumbag goes down as he should he'll pay for protection probably have his own cell, tv & Playstation sickening.

Dogg1892 5pts

As this is an ongoing case is it legal to discuss it on a fans' forum?

potski 5pts

It is an ongoing case. A jury will decide whether he is guilty on some of the charges, with the evidence starting on Friday. The trial is in another part of the country and I guess they have been careful to ensure there are no Newcastle fans on the jury. He could hardly get a fair trial on the Quayside;) But the judge revealed today that Johnson has already pleaded guilty to some of the lesser charges. He presumably will be sentenced on them only after the jury have made a decision. That could take weeks. The Mag and other blogs have to be careful to report the case in accordance with the law and the judge's directions to the media. The judge has presumably agreed for the guilty admissions to be made public, and he has informed the jury about them.

magnifeek 5pts

@potski I don't think you can say they are of 'lesser charges', which include 'grooming' and the charge of sexual assault. You're correct in that he has admitted these, so the situation re contempt of court re discussion
of case is unclear perhaps. However, there are serious issues regarding what the club knew about this. In view that both he and his girlfriend said he was innocent at the time, and now subsequently transpires that he wasn't through his own admission, did the club just accept his word at the time, or did they go further in any serious way to find out what happened? Because the situation as it is unfolding does not put Sunderland FC in a great light either. Only if they were absolutely sure that he was innocent and took measures that assured that, then you could say they were entitled to play him. This admission by the player makes me doubt that. This isn't shoplifting or a fine for speeding. This story reflects on the club, the fans, and the community of Sunderland . Ugly.

v0ices 5pts

@magnifeek @potski it reflects badly on football in general with the current win at all costs attitude.

TonnekToon 5pts

Can't see the justification of his club standing by him now , he should be sacked at the very least .

toonterrier 5pts

Its about time we returned to the cap on players wages. Obscene amount of money going to average players when the majority of supporters get at best the living wage. Maybe every club should have a committee to rate players on their performance and pay them accordingly. Some of our lot over the last couple of years would starve to death.   

amacdee 5pts

Not about to say anything about the player as he's beneath contempt. However I do recall a lot of makems telling us that everyone is innocent until proven guilty so we shouldnt say nasty things about him ?

This goes to show that some are more "innocent" than others

SimonM68 5pts

Very nasty and too serious an issue / situation to be putting on a fans website just to (presumably) encourage abusive reactions.

Not a football story and for me (though sadly there seem to be many players who think they can do what they like these days)  and it almost demeans his victims by trivialising what happened to this level.

andkdk11 5pts

The horrible prick shouldn't play another days football in his life. I actually remember a mackem defending this nonce on a YouTube video by TheTrueGeordie and tried to claim its ok because we had loic... yet loic was accused and never charged and certainly never admitted it. Johnson the nonce should be hung by his balls and stoned by 1000 rape victims.

Marveauxless 5pts

@andkdk11 At the time Johnson claimed he was innocent; check all the Sunderland fan forums, all their fans want to see him sacked and are very angry that the club, who most likely knew of his plea, kept playing him.

Maurice Shield
Maurice Shield 5pts

Nonce. Ffs hang the caant. He'll be let off as he has money n still alive

mentalman 5pts

Surely they will sack him now

VonBrown 5pts

@WilliamCarney what a ridiculously ignorant and vile comment. I'm from sunderland (nufc fan all my life tho). does this make me a peado? no. idiot.

I do however agree with the punishment.

Jezza_NUFC 5pts

@VonBrown @WilliamCarney Agree entirely. It is indeed a vile and ignorant comment and a ridiculous generalisation. Presumably he also thinks the same about Teesiders and Mancunians, after all Johnson did play for Middlesborough and Man City too. Ridiculous.

Porciestreet 5pts

Dirty paedo and the whole of the North East knew it all along,  INCLUDING Sunderland FC who steadfasatly played him and gave him the benefit of any doubt.

How any Mackem will be able to hold their heads up anywhere ever again is debateable.

By allowing him to play on, the club have soured the good name of their fans. Love them or loathe them, they do not deserve a Chairman and directors with such Morals.

Jezza_NUFC 5pts

@Porciestreet I hope Johnson gets the punishment he deserves but before you condemn Sunderland AFC and their fans just remember that we had Loic Remy playing for us while he had a rape charge hanging over his head.

potski 5pts

No we didn't. There was an allegation, but he was not charged with any offence.

Jezza_NUFC 5pts

@potski Maybe I'm wrong but at the time I was under the impression Remy had been charged and had a court date scheduled for the November after we signed him. I thought that was the reason no other club came in and bought him after QPR were relegated that year.

Porciestreet 5pts

Surely, he wouldn't have the brass neck to want to keep playing when the world now knows of his Paedophilia. Put him in the stocks in the middle of Sunderland and let the public sort him.

Anthony Boak
Anthony Boak 5pts

So its true Adam Johnson is going down for noncing

Greg Codling
Greg Codling 5pts

I don't think you do him justice as a "sunderland player" he is probably more of a head player team leader....scum.