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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9 comments
GarryThompson
GarryThompson

I keep saying it, and I'll say it again, anew manager/head coach needs to be in place NOW, to ensure continuity, and a linear approach to the players coming back from holidays and new signings(?????) hopefully coming in, so both parties can be used to each other come the start of the new season.

The way this club is run in its decision making borders on incredulous, but is ultimately completely, and wholeheartedly, UNPROFESSIONAL

magpie9
magpie9

It takes time to go through the 80 applicants they supposedly have. Must be hard to find a cheap yes man with no backbone or pride who is desperate for a low paying job while being the buffer for abuse aimed at fatty

ArtyH
ArtyH

Sadly its the same old same old and it will take a lot for it to get through to some S.T buyers that nothing is going to change. What is needed is a new chairman who knows what he is doing as clearly Charnley does not, M.A should know this by now and by default admitted it by saying he was shocked to be in that situation at X-mas ( or that was my interpretation ). We need a new chairman with football acumen a new coach, anyone other than Carver. If Carver stays IMHO it will further destabilize the club ( and its bad enough already ) and cause problems with recruitment and retention's, who wants to work or come under this regime? Great article and yes time is ticking away just like the feeling of support for the regime. M.A said he would maintain the investment, well £YY x 0 = 0  and always will do, so no investment then. I only hope those who would by S.T's wait until there is some positive investment and something to look forward to next season, as buying now just fills his wallet again as usual. This need to change. Blanket waving and singing songs has no effect at all on this owner, so think before you buy.

KevinBrown11
KevinBrown11

The club is banking on us to renew season tickets before anything is done, just on his word of mouth, I hope most will hold out till at least we know who's going to be head coach, if it's carver then I can see very little sales of tickets, I'd be more happy if chumps comes out and states carver won't be considered for head coach, at least that would be a start, the longer it drags on the less chance it's going to be someone else, personally I wouldn't wait till carver gets back of holiday, he should have cancelled it till we find out who it is going to be, but sounds like he already has the job, if so that's me finnished with club till he's gone,

DavidDrape
DavidDrape

well said Dean that is the reality in my opinion. I seen a couple of ashleys puppets come thru the station on sunday heading off back to London 1st class. well served from a  great day out. running some/part of this sinking club 280 miles away. this demonstrates the total lack of interest. Is Ashley really happy with the job charley is doing? I wonder what is charnleys brief re his job description? Lots of things have to start happening now to change things for the better and this involves the big man opening the purse strings, however, the fact is we do not have the staff to get all the jobs done. I will wait another few weeks when everyone is back from their holidays. The fact remans that any new manager won't be able to concentrate on the technical side 100% because the amount of help and support just isn't there.

1957
1957

The key to everything that will happen is the appointment of a new coach, Charnley has been publically given the responsibility, he needs stop delaying and get on with the job. He won't because 'John Carver and his staff were on holiday and it wouldn't be fair to them to appoint somone while they were away' or some other lame excuse. I suspect out of all the rubbish Carver came out with, him and Charnley do like each other and Charnley would like him to continue. The Chronicle amazingly suggested Charnley might stick with Carver and "hope he makes a good start to the season"

I can't imagine why though, it seems to me Charnley's head is firmly on the line, he got away with January's decision to appoint the village idiot , I suspect his lord and master will not be happy if he stuffs it up again.

I've said it once and keep repeating it, we could buy a team of world class players in the summer and Carver wouldn't be able to make a team of them. He's an incompetent bully who will never be successful.

Michael Maximus Moose
Michael Maximus Moose

The complete structure of the club is Shambolic, Charnley hasn`t a clue what to do & Carver is Toxic when it comes to the football side of things

DOOMED !

Peaco
Peaco

Tend to agree. Depressing isn't it. It suddenly dawned on me this morning that the policy of no net spend doesn't really sit well with Ashley's 'I'll continue to invest' line from the recent interview does it. I can't see anything changing soon so I certainly won't be buying tickets, merchandise or anything else. I've decided that I'll be an NUFC MOTD supporter next season, and give my money to my local league 2 team instead - at least I'll know it's going back into the club, rather than an aggressive, tacky and exploitative sports retailer.

Fozzyworld
Fozzyworld

Good article we must not ease the pressure on them to act. Having said that you wouldn't expect a running commentary you can't do business like that. I don't have the know how but we need one of those daily countdown things to keep the them honest... Did I just say keep, I meant force them to be honest for a change sorry.

Foz.