I have never known Newcastle fans so flat for a game at Old Trafford.
I know we don’t win ‘very often’ there but usually in the build up we never see this kind of negativity/apathy.
I get the feeling that as well as having one eye on a potential takeover of the club, Newcastle fans are thinking there is no chance of getting anything today on the pitch.
The reality check of defeats to Burnley and Bournemouth seem to have had an over the top effect.
Whereas the reality is that we played no better or worse than most other games this season and simply the luck wasn’t with us, or the ability in front of goal.
Manchester United are obviously decent but only one of a group of good clubs/teams that are way behind Manchester City.
Huddersfield beat them a few weeks ago and they one win in the last four Premier League games, it doesn’t mean they are rubbish but it does suggest they aren’t anything special.
Newcastle have only conceded more than one goal on a single occasion since playing with 10 against Tottenham, that came in the 2-2 draw against Southampton when we gifted a point.
Both sides have injury/fitness issues today and whilst naturally the hosts have the better squad, like us they won’t be at their best.
I see it just like any other game we have had at Manchester United, keeping it tight and trying to hit on the counter attack.
In Rafa Benitez we have one of the best at keeping it tight/disciplined, so no reason why it can’t be a clean sheet.
At the other end, at the very least Newcastle will have a few chances and if one of those goes in, then who knows…?
Yes we are all desperate for a takeover but whatever else happens we desperately need points on the pitch.
Get yourself up for today’s match, it could be our day, just like less than four years ago when Yohan Cabaye scored the winner.
It is of course up to the players as well because many of them have gone a bit flat as well.
They need to get their energy levels back up to when Newcastle won three in a row earlier this season.