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Mark Lawrenson has predicted mid-table safety so far for Newcastle United – Now says fans will return

8 months ago
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Mark Lawrenson has been assessing Newcastle United’s chances against Manchester United.

The two clubs that arguably have the the most disillusioned fanbases in the Premier League at this moment in time.

Manchester United making their worst ever start in 30 years, whilst Steve Bruce is on a mission to sweep away any positives from Rafa Benitez’ era at the club.

Manchester United are currently 10th in the table and Newcastle United 19th, interesting to see where the two clubs would be if the Mark Lawrenson predictions had come true this season:

As you can see, if Mark Lawrenson had been proved right, Man Utd would be four places higher and Newcastle a massive nine places higher in the top half at this point in the season.

Back to reality and whilst Lawrenson says Newcastle ‘waved the white flag’ at Leicester, he claims ‘Steve Bruce will have made it clear to his players this week just how unacceptable that was.’

Well as we have found out, Steve Bruce might do a lot of things after his latest defeat, including cancelling training or putting on extra training, but none of it has worked so far.

As for Man Utd, they haven’t won an away game since March and haven’t scored more than a single goal in a game since the opening match of the season.

Newcastle have only scored one Premier League goal at St James Park this season under Steve Bruce and it later emerged that VAR should have ruled it out. If NUFC can find a goal from somewhere then the stats suggest they should get at least a draw from a goal/result shy Man Utd and possibly/probably a win.

A game where literally anything [or nothing…] might happen, with maybe the character of the Newcastle players potentially being the main factor in deciding it one way or another.

Mark Lawrenson goes for a 1-1 draw but that would be a result that wouldn’t massively help either club, although no doubt Steve Bruce would claim it as some moral victory, even at home against this poor struggling Manchester United team.

Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:

“Newcastle waved the white flag at Leicester on Sunday.

“They completely capitulated in the second half and I am sure Magpies manager Steve Bruce will have made it clear to his players this week just how unacceptable that was.

“I would expect to see a reaction from them and I also think some of the Newcastle fans who stayed away from their draw with Brighton, will be back for this game.

“Manchester United huffed and puffed their way through their draw with Arsenal on Monday and never really looked like they were good enough to take full control of the game.

“I understand why United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is saying it is going to take time for his side to turn things around but, as well as having a long-term plan, they need to get back to winning ways soon.

“Prediction is Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 1.”

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