Ian Wright has once again talked without engaging his brain about Newcastle United.
It is quite ridiculous the money pundits like him get for talking…rubbish.
He states the result is a ‘foregone conclusion’ and he may right.
He says he can see Romelu Lukaku getting a hat-trick, it might happen (even though he hasn’t scored a Premier League goal for seven weeks).
He predicts ‘it could end up a very one-sided affair’ and it may well do.
He predicts a 3-0 home win – it may happen.
However, Ian Wright doesn’t back these up with any great arguments.
Wright says that Manchester United ‘have lost just one of their last 32 league games against the Magpies’, well Newcastle’s record isn’t great but not quite that bad.
Newcastle have actually won two of their last 10 games against Man Utd.
Guessing he has been fed a stat and then got it wrong, as no doubt he is referring to Newcastle only winning once in the last 32 at Old Trafford. However, actually our recent record at Man Utd isn’t too bad, with one win and three draws in the last eight Premier League visits.
One particularly bizarre comment Ian Wright makes is that ‘Newcastle open up very easily’.
I think there are a lot of fair comments/criticisms you could throw at Newcastle United this season, mainly regarding the limitations up front, but at the back…?
Since going down to 10 men of the opening day of the season, only once in 10 matches have Newcastle conceded more than one goal in any Premier League match, and that came at Southampton courtesy of a rush of blood from Lejeune when giving away a penalty in a non-threatening position.
I won’t even go into his annoying use of ‘United’…
Ian Wright talking to The Sun:
“I hear Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are back in training this week and while I don’t expect either of them to feature here that news in itself will provide a morale boost for a United side that has been battling through in their absence.
“The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 32 league games against the Magpies and I’m afraid this one is a forgone conclusion.
“You feel the way Marcus Rashford is playing and the fact this seems a game that is set up for Romelu Lukaku to dominate it could end up a very one-sided affair.
“Newcastle open up very easily and have rode their luck at times this season so the hosts’ pace and pressure could break them down.
“Lukaku’s goals stats are taking a hammering at the moment but I don’t think it’s a major concern.
“In the first few games of the season he showed that if you give him the chances he’ll put them away. It’s the chances that have dried up, not his ability to stick the ball in the net.
“I’d like to see him play through the middle and stay there this weekend.
“If he does that I can see him getting a hat-trick. I’m going to go with a 3-0 win for United.”