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!
The 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.