Late Manchester United own goal disastrous for Newcastle’s relegation fight
This afternoon everything looked positive for Newcastle as Manchester United took a first half lead through Herrera.
A win for the Mancs over Arsenal would have meant that whatever happened they would have third place in the Premier League to play for on the final day of the season.
A Man Utd win would have put them on 71 points to Arsenal’s 70.
Instead a late own goal by Tyler Blackett means that the match ended Manchster United 1 Arsenal 1 and so the points totals are Arsenal on 71 and Manchester United 69.
Arsenal play Sunderland at home on Wednesday night and a draw or better will mean Arsenal are effectively guaranteed of finishing in third before the last day of the season as they are seven goals better off than Man Utd.
The worst possible scenario is a draw, as that would move Sunderland four points clear of Hull and leave it only between Newcastle and Steve Bruce’s team.
At the moment two defeats for Sunderland and a draw for Newcastle against West Ham could save NUFC (if catch up five goals as well on Sunderland), if Hull beat Manchester United on the last day.
This is how the League table looks with points and current goal differences:
37 Sunderland -20
36 Newcastle -25
34 Hull -18
The difference between third and fourth place in the Premier League is a big one, finishing third you go straight into the group stage but fourth means a qualifying round.
So Manchester United are now nailed on to finish fourth and nothing to play for on the last day, more than likely meanin they will give some fringe players a game against Hull.
To make matters ever worse, David De Gea who has been inspirational for them this year was forced off with an injury that looks sure to rule him out. Meaning Victor Valdes will almost certainly start his first ever Premier League match next Sunday.
The last two rounds of matches Newcastle have got lucky with Hull City’s results, next Sunday I have a feeling it won’t be third time lucky and Newcastle will have to beat West Ham.
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