Manchester United are in Toon this afternoon.

I for one just can’t wait.

There is fear and trepidation as well, a quick look at the Premier League table ensures that.

However, when it has gone our way, the matches against Manchester United at St James Park have given me some of my stand out memories of this Premier League era.

For those who share season tickets or who pay match by match, I would say that down these last 20+ years, it would be the Sunderland game (when they aren’t too busy trying to get into League One) that would be first choice, then a clear second the game against the Mancs.

Not wanting to give their army of armchair fans an even greater feeling of self-importance…but that is just the way it is.

It isn’t the be all and end all of course beating Man Utd, or indeed the Mackems, I would much rather do better over the course of a season than sacrifice for beating one or both of them.

When it does happen though, it is extra sweet.

What helps as well, is that when Newcastle have got the better of the Red Devils, it has ever been a tedious dull match where Newcastle score from their only chance (though I would take that today!).

Keegan’s 5-0 (Albert, Shearer etc) back in 1996, Sir Bobby’s 3-0 (Ferguson/Shearer) in 2000 and 4-3 (Lee, Robert, Dabizas, own goal!) in 2001, or even Pardew’s 3-0 (Ba, Cabaye, own goal) in 2012.

I have a feeling that if Newcastle can get something today, then once again it won’t come about via a boring performance based solely on defence.

Yes, Newcastle may well have to defend for large periods, after all, any number of the Manchester United players will have cost as much as the entire NUFC team.

However, I do think that Rafa will set the team up with an attacking edge as well, with numbers getting forward when sensible to do so.

Just maybe we will get one or two players rising above themselves and upsetting the many expert predictions.

Whatever happens, I can’t wait for this Manchester United match to kick-off, even Mike Ashley can’t take all of our hopes and dreams away.

Newcastle United v Manchester United Match Betting:

Newcastle win 5/1Draw 14/5Man Utd win 4/6

Slimani to score first goal 9/1NUFC to win 3-1 60/13 or more match goals in first half 6/1

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  • Wezza147

    Sofar I’ve watched the 5-0, the 3-0 and the 4-3 to get myself in the mood. Really really hope we get a result today!

  • paul mclaughlan

    100% guarantee we won’t win.

    • Benmagpie

      P*** off mackem

      • paul mclaughlan

        Hahaha. This time I’m happy to be proved wrong and will not try and stand my ground… Bit strong with the insults though Benmagpie. 😂

        • Benmagpie

          Sorry my brother. I just get frustrated with the haters sometimes. It’s games like today that remind me why I love the toon so much. Totally emotionally fried. Finally the game we’ve all been waiting for and who better to play it against?

          • paul mclaughlan

            It’s ok I totally deserve (makem really?) the insults. I suppose it’s after 40 years of frustration. Today we feel elated. Imagine how great we’d feel if we actually won something?

          • Kev Newcastle England

            Haters??? WTF…

  • Kev Newcastle England

    No Slimani Got no hope now

    • Benmagpie

      Excuse me?

      • Kev Newcastle England

        I was being realistic.Fortunately for me I backed 1 0 at 15/1😂😂😂

  • Cockneytrev

    What a match,, brilliant ,, shelvey was top draw,, thought the new keeper looks different class,,we road our luck at times, but when you look at their bench compared to out starting 11 this was a great result,,
    Can’t wait tho here what the pundits have to say,,,

  • Mitros gotta start

    Take a bow lads because that performance was stunning…..dubravka….wow….shelvey unreal….even diame had a great game…..pick a man of the match out of that lot if you can……crowd were immense

  • Shields Mag

    Absolutely fantastic performance from our lads, effort and commitment in abundance and crowd were tremendous.