Newcastle United v Manchester United – Match Preview
One of the most anticipated matches of the seasons and for much of the last decade, the most feared.
I think my outlook now is be wary but no need to be afraid.
No doubt the visitors are still a very good team and the league table in May will confirm that. However, that is a far different story to when Ronaldo was single-handedly winning matches, or when the all conquering midfield of Giggs, Beckham, Scholes and Keane were devouring everything in sight.
It isn’t a case of getting carried away but we all know that at their best, Tiote and Cabaye are a better midfield pairing than anything Manchester United can put out these days, as was proven by the way ‘United’ took the Mancs apart at St.James’ Park last season.
Ferguson has obviously created a brilliant team ethic and style of play where everybody knows their job and whichever two of Giggs, Scholes, Fletcher, Cleverly, Kagawa etc play, they will know their jobs.
Newcastle haven’t really all connected as a team so far this season and Thursday’s win over Bordeaux saw the first signs of a bit of ‘the team being more than the 11 individuals’.
To beat Bordeaux is one thing but with Alan Pardew confident enough to rest Santon, Jonas, Ba and Ben Arfa to that winning team…we have a great chance.
Naturally if Coloccini makes it then it won’t do us any harm but at least with a fully firing Cabaye and Tiote in front of the defence it gives you that extra bit of protection.
If Newcastle can get the better of the possession then that will be a sure fire sign that we have every chance of coming out in front.
Looking back over past clashed would get you pretty depressed over the last ten years but our last three matches have seen draws home and away, then that excellent three goal win.
Manchester United are almost certainly not going to overwhelm you in the style that wee suffered over so many years but they are clearly capable of still taking the points if Newcastle drop their guard.
The visitors still have plenty of danger men in the likes of Rooney and new boys Van Persie and Kagawa but we of course have our own these days. With Ferguson having to chop and change at centre-back, if we can get the ball to our front three in advanced positions then it should be happy days, Smalling might have to be rushed back if Evan doesn’t recover in time.
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