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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alreet 5pts

I think either perez or aarons will start against arsenal. We have to have thauvin right and mitro up. Id plant tiote colback and wijnaldum in the middle. We have to use the wingers and get the ball to them early.

Virsino 5pts

@alreet IMO Tiote has done nothing to deserve a place in the team. I think you may see Anita and Sissoko in there with Colback under pressure for his place.

I think Aarons won't play because Perez showed all the wingers how bad he wants to play in this team with his tracking back and tackling/blocking against Manure. He'll take a bit of shifting from the team based on last week.

I think Thauvin out right is the natural selection.

So, in summary,


Janmaat   S.Taylor    Coloccini   Haidara

                  Anita     Sissoko

Thauvin           Wijinaldum             Perez


Virsino 5pts

Holy Catfish - I forgot about Mbemba

Too many options!!!

desree 5pts

I wouldn't change a defence that kept a clean sheet at old trafford, janmaat doesn't deserve to come straight back in and competing to get back might make him think twice about his dispiline.

I would like to see a midfield 5 of

sissoko anita perez Wijnaldum thauvin

perez and wijnaldum rotating the 10 spot and giving us an option to go 4, 4, 2 with Perez supporting Mitrovic.

Hetton Mag
Hetton Mag 5pts

I thought Perez was outstanding at Manu. Great football brain, tricky, skilfull and hard working, tracking back and making a couple of excellent tackles. On that performance he would be an ever present for me. Still not sure about Mitro, new shearer, new McDonald no he looks like the new billy white hurst to me. I'm still stunned at the transformation of Anita . Expect McLaren to go for 2 holding midfielders. Wow such choices he has! Colo always plays better with Taylor beside him, apart from injury record I've always thought Taylor to be a decent player, he doesn't deserve the stick he gets re performance, public statements different matter. Bloody hell Im looking fwd to a game.

stepaylor 5pts

With thauvin and aarons playing wide and mitrovic up front, wijnaldum and sissoko box to box and either colback, tiote or anita holding we have a strong side with exciting young talent. If colocinni stays on form and creates a solid partnership with mbemba. The only weakish link may be haidara but he has the potential to be a top player. Has the pace and work ethic needed, just his touch and decision making need time.

With taylor, tiote, anita, de jong, cisse and perez not able to get into my first 11 it shows we have the best squad we have had in years. With armstrong, gillead, heardman, roberts, gihlespy, sterry and woodman coming through we have a great foundation of young players. Only cisse, colocinni and tiote in the whole squad will need replacing over the next 2 yrs and if that change is an improvement in quality then the future will be bright.

Mal44 5pts

@stepaylor  ''Only cisse, colocinni and tiote in the whole squad will need replacing over the next 2 yrs and if that change is an improvement in quality then the future will be bright''.

Given that the contracts of Williamson, Obertan, Taylor and Marveaux are up next year (plus Elliott, Vuckic and Ferguson who are more peripheral squad members), I think there will be more than the three you mention. But as you say the future is beginning to look brighter - still worried about the current depth of our defence though, especially when injuries and suspensions kick in.

stepaylor 5pts

Yeah i didnt include any of them apart from taylor in my first post as i assume they wont be around anyway. Taylor is likley to have his deal extended, on current form good value but with his injury record we have to wonder whether 40k a week can be better spent. I like having local lads in the squad and i think his personality is good for the group so i would give him a 3 yr deal

Mal44 5pts

@stepaylor  I was surprised by Taylors performance last week; he was excellent and showed some maturity which has been sadly lacking in the past. I hope it continues as a lack of consistency has always been his problem. He'll be fighting for a new contract so fingers crossed that he has a really good season.

DomUniqu3 5pts

Need to keep Perez in I think he's an asset to the team, best player last year imo

george8783 5pts

picked Alexander Mitrovic up for training today 

what a level headed young man he is 

a new hero in the making 

speaks english very well has his family with him 

looks much fitter than 3 weeks ago

and he has shown he does not have to get booked to frighten the premier league defenders his presence will create chances and he should score plenty 

good luck tomorrow 

DanH87 5pts

What is this 1998? There isn't a single team in the PL that plays two strikers anymore. Mitrovic to me is the epitome of the modern PL striker and if we are to have any chance of success this season he has to start every game he can. Forget about Cisse. 

Kazie23 5pts

Uhm...City played with two strikers last season

alreet 5pts

Need to keep cisse as a sub. He can still put em away. New era though. No more reliance on gouffran ameobi and colback to get the goals.

JohnEllis2 5pts

We have to find a starting place for young arrons his pace and eye for goal is scary

Kazie23 5pts

I know...And Ayoze perez

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

There’s plenty of time for all eventualities to occur over the length of the season…Cisse and Perez will play a major part, but the main thing now is converting the work we’ve done into a win…preferably at home against Arsenal…that must be the total motivation for the team, and nothing but that!!!