Mark Lawrenson says that there will be more pain for Newcastle fans before they see any notable improvement in results.
Despite acknowledging that United were better against Chelsea, Lawrenson says that Steve McClaren is right to tell supporters that it may be sometime down the line when they can look forward to the future.
The BBC pundit says that the game is coming at the right time for Manchester City after defeats to Spurs and West Ham, as well as a fortunate win away at Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
Mark Lawrenson points to what looks currently to be a fragile Man City defence and hopefully Steve McClaren will be taking note, as surely the Chelsea match showed that the strengths in the team are going forward with the likes of Mitrovic, Perez and Wijnaldum.
Marl Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport:
“Manchester City’s last-gasp win over Borussia Monchengladbach was a great result but it does not hide the fact they got away with another poor defensive display.
“The wheels have come off a bit since their defeat by Juventus, when Vincent Kompany was injured. Considering City’s vast resources, it is amazing that he is so badly missed.”
More pain before things improve…:
“This strikes me as a good game for City to have, however, because Newcastle have got problems too.
“The Magpies were much better in their draw against Chelsea but I think Steve McClaren is right to tell his side’s fans that there is going to be more pain before things improve significantly.”
Mark Lawrenson believes Newcastle will end up bottom after the weekend, as he predicts a Stoke win at Aston Villa, plus a bit of a strange forecast for Sunderland to defeat West Ham, considering what he has to say about the match at the Stadium of Light:
‘From what I have seen so far this season, Sunderland are the worst team in the Premier League.
West Ham have been brilliant away from home, so you might think this will be a straightforward victory for the Hammers.
But football does not work like that, which is why we love it, and why I am going for a surprise result at the Stadium of Light.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0′