Mikel Merino is hoping to get the chance to play against Manchester City on Saturday.

Mikel Merino has of course made his feelings clear previously of the high regard he holds Rafa Benitez in – but tomorrow he hopes to be facing another two ‘important Spanish football icons’, in Guardiola and Silva.

The Under 21 midfielder admires them and accept that Manchester City are clearly the best team in the Premier League – but as he points out, Silva and his team-mates are ‘not superheroes’.

A draw at Palace (including fluffing chance to win it with late penalty) and a thrilling 4-3 loss at Anfield have shown they can be got at, whether Newcastle can trouble them remains to be seen.

The home game against Man City saw Mikel Merino on the bench after missing the win at West Ham with a knock. He came on for the final 13 minutes and Newcastle were the better team in those closing stages, missing a few chances to get the equaliser.

The centre of midfield has become impossible to predict as Rafa has played Shelvey, Diame, Hayden, Merino and even Saivet there, in the past four weeks, so interesting to see if Mikel Merino makes the cut, with Newcastle looking a lot better when the Spanish Under 21 player replaced Jonjo Shelvey in the closing stages against Swansea.

Shelvey certainly hasn’t been a superhero this season for Newcastle and whilst Rafa predictably dealt with it professionally and a minimum of fuss, the refusal of Jonjo Shelvey to shake his hand – on top of playing so poorly, could very well see Mikel Merino back in the starting 11.

Mikel Merino:

“We know it is going to be a tough game against the best team in the league.

“They have been winning a lot of matches and are even stronger in Manchester.

“We are a solid team and we have our chances, they (Manchester City) are not Superheroes…it is 11 v 11.

“Every match is different, but the way they lost the last game (4-3 at Liverpool), and they almost tied against us at St James Park, makes us believe a little bit more.

“It’s such a big game against such a big club and such a big team, it doesn’t matter really the dynamic they have, we will approach it in the same way.

“It’s going to be a really big game for us, we are going to try to win all three points and we have clues of how to do it.

“They (Guardiola and Silva) are two of the most important football icons in Spain,

To see these kinds of players and managers play and coach is amazing. I’m going to try to do my best if I have the luck to play (against them), then we will see what happens.”



  • anyobrien

    Get mitro on he’ll stick it up them

    • Is he the next Lionel Messi then? if not then you’ve got no hope pal.

      • anyobrien

        Why all of a sudden your on here all the time?
        Ran out of pants to sniff… Do us a favour and [email protected]… We could all be blah blah with the money you lot have…. I’m old and I remember city back in the day so let’s not get to high and mighty…. Pal

        • Kneebotherm8

          I remember the days,but at least they filled the ground up back then…….. nowadays…….fickle as fck…..

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂😂😂

      • Simon Rhodes

        Let’s see how big you are when the owners have had enough of playing with their little toy.

  • Leazes.

    He seems to have thrown down the gauntlet to the mancs….. there wasn’t really any need as it borders on the stupid.

    • Rich Lawson

      Borders on Yorkshire, so about the same.

  • What the F, who said our players were Super Heroes? You lot need to snap out of cookoo land. None of our players think they’re Super Heroes, in fact all our players are the most humble footballers ever. Get a grip.

    • Wor Lass

      City have never really lived down the shame of that de Jong tackle, have they?

      • What’s that got to do with the price of sour tomatoes you mug, it was an accident and accidents happen and you need to get over it and yourself. In facts both players are no longer Manchester or Newcastle players so seriously move on and stick to the article subject. We couldn’t care less about it.

        • Wor Lass

          Yeah, it sounds like it. I`ll watch out for you and thousands others following the ritual of leaving the stadium 10 minutes from time to beat the traffic on Saturday. Tell Noel he`s a [email protected] if you see him on the way out.

          • You proper stink, I can smell your bitterness and jealousy from here pal.

          • Leazes.

            Are you Clarko?

          • Wor Lass

            No need for that, Leazes – coming in a bit strong there!

          • paul mclaughlan

            Clarko put him in his back pocket yesterday.

          • Wor Lass

            Clarko likes having people in his back pocket by all accounts.

          • Wor Lass

            You`re a Johnny-come-lately pot-hunter.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Probably a turncoat Manure fan…..

          • Rich Lawson

            Previous post on here,still thousands of unsold tickets in the home areas of the stadium !!

          • Rich Lawson

            ”But do’n’t look back in anger” spoilt t##t !

        • paul mclaughlan

          Go back to your naval base you glory hunting idiot.

        • Mitros gotta start

          No…the accident happened when your dad was too p155ed to pull out of your mam and you dribbled out of his half flaccid putrid willy and managed to find the egg, pity the best part of you ran down the crack of her quite substantial 4rse and made a brown stain on the bedsheets……utter [email protected]

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Sure they broke Ben Arfa s legs if it was not him someone else.

        • Wor Lass

          Even his international manager said it was outrageous and dropped him from the Holland squad. That`s how bad it was.

          • Get over yourselves, it is as an ex player who doesn’t even play for City anymore, yet you’re so bitterly childish, you’re on here still blaming City. Get a grip of yourselves and grow up.

          • Wor Lass

            YOU blamed US for him getting dropped, cracking up and going abroad – because we, allegedly, wouldn`t let him visit Ben Arfa in hospital. You`re the paranoid one who needs to get over it.

    • Berkshire Mag

      I think you’re missing the point, he’s not saying City players think they’re superheroes. He’s making the point that it’s just 11 v 11…

      • Pull the other one, he’s blatantly is of the mindset and I’ll tell you why, because the British Media have been lavishing City with praise and set City up for when their first fall would come to pass, so they could then all laugh about it. It’s no secret that the majority all want City to fail but it’s no skin off our nose. In fact we couldn’t care less so long as City progress. He obviously thinks everyone believes City are something special but on the contrary Manchester City are as humble as they’ve ever been. We leave he trash talk to the rest of you.

        • Berkshire Mag

          You are deluded. I think “blatantly of that mindset” sums it up really, how could you possibly deduce that from an innocent statement about 11 v 11? He just means we could beat them!! Seems you have a very blue chip on your shoulder…

          • The Geordie Simon Rhodes below sums up you lot, it is you Geordies who have the chip on your shoulders, talking trash about City all the time, you’re constantly at it on this website even when you’re not even playing against us, you’re all obsessed with City. You actually think that if our Owner walked away it would have a negative impact on us? Seriously? We’re a self sustainable club and if they did walk away from City we would just be sold to even richer investors but, thinking our owners would walk away in the first place is delusional anyway.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Even a thick puke like you cant believe this b0ll0x……can you?

        • paul mclaughlan

          Paranoid fool.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Get to the Etihad and show your support in your half empty stadium,my friend.

    • anyobrien

      You need to calm doon, [email protected]

      • Get back to School now.

        • anyobrien

          Ok

    • Wor Lass

      Cookoo? Are you an Alvin Stardust fan? You`ll have to google him he was before your time – and the Arab revolution. You won`t know anything about those days.

      • East Durham Mag

        A few years ago it was Manure supporters who were insufferable [email protected] You have stolen their crown my friend. CONGRATULATIONS 🏆

        • Wor Lass

          I`ll pass the message on! lol

          • East Durham Mag

            Whoops apologies mate. Trying to to 2 things at once.

          • Wor Lass

            Growing my hair and breathing at the same time`s about as much as I can manage!

      • Shane Fenton

        You just have a “Jealous Mind”

        • Wor Lass

          Ah, … Tom Cat you know where it`s at!

      • Rich Lawson

        Is the woman in the ”Red Dress” Amanda ?

    • Damon Horner

      Think Merino is on about the strength and ability of your team rather than the fact they think they’re all Mr Incredible. Chill out.

    • East Durham Mag

      “Cuckoo” . Get on your own site.

    • Mitros gotta start

      🤣🤣🤣
      raheem stirling….humble…..you couldnt make it up!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    What he is saying in simple English is that it is eleven v eleven on the day and anything can happen in football so do not get so excited. He is just installing confidence in the team which is what we need right now not the doom and gloom which has been aired on here and in the Times all week. Keep the faith.

  • Rich Lawson

    ”We have clues how to do it” I think you will find that it was Mr Blue, in the pitch ,with a tactic that did it after Saturday ?

  • Best team won, Sane and co have too much class. Hey you never know, you may get relegated 😂 Happy days lads.