Was surprised to see a headline suggesting that Wednesday’s night’s visitors Manchester United, were expecting to find it tough going when they play Newcastle United.
After so many heavy defeats over the years I did wonder what they were basing it on.
A quote from Ashley Young:
“We know it is going to be a tough game on Wednesday away to Newcastle, we have always found it tough up there.”
I know Young hasn’t been at Man Utd forever but surely he’s got used to regulation wins for the Mancs most times he’s faced us?
When checking the stats though, he and other Manchester United worriers may have a bit of a point.
With possibly their relative demise of recent years running parallel with the record between the two clubs.
When Newcastle won 3-0 on 4 Jan 2012, it was 11 (ELEVEN) years since the Magpies had beaten them in the Premier League, a 4-3 thriller in 2001 when a certain Wes Brown scored the crucial seventh (own) goal and our old friend Roy Keane was sent off.
In the last eight league encounters though, we have just about held our own, which is in itself massive progress.
There have been two wins and two draw in these last eight matches, Yohan Cabaye scoring the winner at Old Trafford last season and Demba Ba inspiring us to victory in that 2012 St. James’ Park clash.
When you consider that before this eight match run of games, Newcastle had recorded ten defeats and one draw in the previous eleven Premier League matches, things have definitely looked up.
However, while Man U had been in the relative doldrums, the last two results suggest that they are turning the screw again, despite many of their fans complaining about the style of football despite the results.
A 4-0 hammering at St. James’ Park last season and a very easy 3-1 defeat on Boxing Day, point to a tough one on Wednesday, especially now the visitors are credible Champions League qualifiers.
Have ‘United’ got it in them to give it a go? A bit of a different challenge for John Carver after facing the worst team in the Premier League on Saturday.