Hands up how many people got excited that Luis Suarez was going to be missing at Anfield.  Really? Not me.

Ok, now hands up those of you who remember our last victory at Anfield.

Oh, that includes me, I was there, an ultimately meaningless (although joyful at the time) win in the league cup followed by the nightmare that was the 4-3 defeat in ‘The Game of the Premiership’, that’s if you’re not a Geordie of course.

Man United have just lost at home against the team at the bottom who we beat 3-1 at the start of the season.  They were missing centre halves and apparently Fergie was upset with a few of his players including Rooney so left them out.

So then, I’ll ask you to put your hands up if you think this means Man. United are in turmoil and we’ve got a good chance of beating them?

Our record against Man United is very poor to say the least, only marginally worse than those irritating racists from Merseyside (are they really still trying to defend their number 7?).

We’re probably going to get spanked, a backlash, a reaction to the unacceptable etc etc etc.  No doubt the 1-1 game a few weeks ago and the injustice of that non-penalty is still narking them.  Do they need any more of an incentive for revenge?  Surely we just wound them up even more?

In my experience the only way to enjoy watching Newcastle United is to expect the worst and then anything else is a Brucie Bonus, the bloke with the chin, not the Greggs addiction.

If I were a betting man (which I’m not) then I’d have a tenner on Rooney to notch a hat-trick rather than the boys in black n white to scrape a win.   You can see it coming a mile off so prepare yourself for this one.

Sing your hearts out for the lads for 90 minutes even if you aren’t allowed to stand up to do it.  Who cares if we’re 3 down by half time.

We’re Geordies, we win nowt, get humiliated regularly on TV, are mythically unrealistic, but one thing is for sure.

Give both these teams in red our last 40 odd years of history and I’d be amazed if they’d have fifty thousand cheering them on.

Happy New Year, Doubtful!!!