Welcome one and all to the only place you need to be as we take on Manchester United this afternoon, unless you’re at Old Trafford of course. Or a pub. Or tied to Cheryl Cole’s bed…
Anyway, we’ll give you everything you need to get you through the match. There’ll be team news, updates provided by fellow bloggers, links to streams (hopefully) and, you never know, but perhaps a few goals to celebrate aswell as a decent result at the “Theatre of Dreams” or so it’s nicknamed.
The reality is that it’s going to be a tough ask to get anything out of the game. Manchester United have a habit of finding top form against us, especially at Old Trafford, but they also have a habit of playing below their best and still getting the results. This is something that they’ve done in the league ever since the 6-1 drubbing from Manchester City.
However I’m quietly confident that we’ll cause them problems, in much the same way that I’m confident that we can cause any team problems. The one thing we have to do is finish any chances that come our way and if we can do that then we can perhaps get something out of the game.
As you may be able to tell, I’m fairly pessimistic over our chances for the match. I generally count a trip to Old Trafford as a ‘nil pois’ on any prediction that I have and generally it’s been proved to be spot on over the years. In fact it’s been nearly 40 of them since our last victory at the home of Manchester United. Another decent performance will do for me although I wouldn’t turn down a point, or three!
I think that is just about enough rambling from me anyway. Fortunately Shamrock has penned one of his fantastic match preview articles which you can read here . Admittedly it was up a bit late but that was my fault for which I apologise!
Stream details will be found in the ‘comments’ section below and team news will be added at the bottom of this article as soon as it becomes available.
Howay the lads!
Manchester United: David De Gea, Fabio, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Nani, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney
Subs: Anders Lindegaard, Federico Macheda, Darron Gibson, Antonio Valencia, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Park Ji-Sung
Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba
Subs: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Peter Lovenkrands, Dan Gosling, Davide Santon, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi