The win over Liverpool wasn’t quite enough to lift United out of the relegation zone but according to Mick Quinn, he believes there are at least four teams that are worse than Newcastle.

The former Newcastle number nine doesn’t include Sunderland in that short list but maybe surprisingly has Swansea as one of the four to hopefully provide that safety net to United in their relegation struggle.

The other three that Mick Quinn thinks are in danger of the drop are Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

Whilst Newcastle’s next challenge is a difficult looking game at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Quinn believes that victory on the following Saturday can all but kill off Aston Villa.

With the bad blood stirred up by the pathetic over the top reaction from many Villa fans to Newcastle’s relegation in 2009, that would certainly be the perfect Christmas present for many United fans.

However, first things first and simply following up the Liverpool win with a disciplined and committed display against Spurs is top priority.

Quinn’s analysis is hopefully on the money but there are no real mugs this season apart from possibly Aston Villa and even they have drawn against both Southampton and Manchester City in recent games.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth’s win at Chelsea on Saturday and Norwich drawing against Arsenal in their last home match show they have a certain amount of quality and spirit, whilst Swansea undoubtedly have better players than they are showing at the moment.

Mick Quinn talking to the Chronicle:

“There are some big games coming up for Steve McClaren and his men in the coming weeks and as I have been saying for a while, that match against Villa at St James Park before Christmas will be absolutely crucial.

“That could pretty much kill Villa off and give United another boost during a hectic and difficult Christmas schedule.

“I genuinely believe that Newcastle have more to them than the likes of Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Norwich City and even Swansea City.”