Mark Lawrenson predicts that Newcastle will end up bottom of the table this weekend but he also thinks that there are better times ahead for United.

The BBC pundit has tipped Sunderland to draw with Tottenham on Sunday to send Newcastle to the bottom of the table.

However, Lawrenson that after watching the Arsenal match, he doesn’t think there is ‘any doubt about the character’ of the Newcastle players.

He also added that nobody doubts Steve McClaren’s ability either and that it is just a question of time before the Newcastle Head Coach finds his best 11 and how they fit together.

Let’s hope that Steve McClaren finds that winning team and formation as soon as possible because it becomes harder and harder with each passing game to keep up the confidence, when you aren’t getting results.

A win at West Ham would be massive ahead of another winnable match against Watford at home, before then facing Chelsea and Manchester City.

In the shorter term, Mark Lawrenson predicts that United’s stay at the bottom of the table will be a short-lived one, with Newcastle tipped to get a 1-1 draw at Upton Park on Monday which would be enough to guarantee they’d at least climb above Sunderland once again, providing they don’t beat Spurs.

Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:

“Newcastle are still waiting for their first win but I don’t think there is any doubt about the character of their players – we saw that from how they played with 10 men against Arsenal.

“Nobody is doubting the ability of Magpies boss Steve McClaren either – but now it is a case of him finding his best team and knitting it together.

“West Ham are proving very difficult to predict at the moment, winning away at Arsenal and Liverpool but losing both games at home, so I am probably best off going for a draw.”