Newcastle v Manchester United – Premier League match preview.

An awesome sight!
Newcastle take on Manchester United tomorrow evening in what is likely to be a high-octane affair at St James’ Park.

There is something about night games at St James’ Park that makes them a bit special in my eyes. I can’t quite put my finger on why I feel like that, but I love seeing NUFC play at a floodlit SJP. It’s magic, and a result against a title-challenging Manchester United will make it that bit more magical.

It will be a tough ask though as we have struggled to get anything from Manchester United for a good number of years now. In fact the last time we beat them was back in 2001, and you can watch that match by clicking here.

Team news…

Cheik Tiote returns from suspension to bolster the middle of the park for the home side although unfortunately the good news ends there. James Perch also returns aswell, if you class that as good news.

Kevin Nolan serves the final game of his suspension whilst there are doubts over the fitness of Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi and over the readiness of Stephen Ireland who has been distracted by his wife taking ill after a car crash last week. Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling are training again although the match will be too soon for them whilst Leon Best and Alan Smith will miss the rest of the season.

Assuming the latest Twitter gossip (Harper definitely out, Shola 50/50, Ireland to feature) is true I’d probably go with a team that looks a bit like this:

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi.

Manchester United welcome back grannybanger Wayne Rooney after his suspension for gobbing off at a TV camera, but they wave goodbye to Paul Scholes for three games after his sending off against Manchester City at the weekend. Darren Fletcher, Owen Hargreaves, Rafael and Anders Lindegaard will be missing through injury.

Man Utd played out a productive yet unspectacular and perhaps predictable 2-0 win over Fulham in their last match where they lined up with a team of:

Man Utd: Tomasz Kuszczak, John O’Shea, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Nani, Darron Gibson, Paul Scholes, Anderson, Antonio Valencia, Dimitar Berbatov.

Form and facts…

The Red Devils have won 13 of the last 16 meetings between the two sides and have scored six against us twice in that run of games.

Jonas Gutierrez is in line for his 100th league appearance for Newcastle, while Steven Taylor could make his 150th career league appearance in the black and white stripes.

Manchester United have been relatively poor on the road this season and have won only five of their last 16 away Premier league games.


I’m not expecting too much from this match to be honest. I’d be delighted with a draw and on cloud nine with a win, however I feel we could be on the end of another humping come around 9:40pm tomorrow evening.

P.S. Remember the game is scheduled for a 7:45pm kick-off and will be screened live on Sky Sports for those unfortunates who can’t make the game.

Howay the lads!

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

101 thoughts on “Newcastle v Manchester United – Premier League match preview.

  1. I have football at 7-8 then will have to pick the kids up from the in-laws 😥

    Will catch second half depending on traffic 😕


  2. Andrew

    I’ll be there. Looking forward to it.
    I cannae stand Manure but the season they came with a forward line of Tevez, Ronaldo and Rooney was a pleasure to watch.

    We have to put more effort into the game than them because no doubt they have the better players just have to stop them playing.

    Anybody here SMB Micky Gray on radio newcastle tonight. He was a tool when he played and is an even bigger tool now he has stopped


  3. Toonsy nae wonder you kept it quiet you worked for the daily mail.
    No something you want to advertise.


  4. Saying that…..will just record it then watch it in full when I get in….avoiding every body and anything which might reveal the score


  5. Andrew
    main stand paddock towards the gallowgate around about the 18 yard line. Three rows from the front. The laddie likes to be close to the pitch. have tried other seats but he likes it there


  6. TLR just got up?
    never gan to bed m8 havent got time,when you work part time for batty its a 23hr day 😮


  7. 😯 Thats near where I was at the @rsenal match.

    I was more towards the SE corner though!


  8. Toonsy…if ya need a new writer, wor young un’s available. He just sent me this email….

    match upd. ate 4 the mora, harps wont let eny goals in cos he’s injured,sholas about to get injured and i think wul mevy get a draw.

    what more dya need 😆 ….oh and he wrote the email in the “subject” box 🙄 , he’s not got the hang of these computer things yet 😆


  9. God I hope they put Loven on the bench tomorrow. Rather see Kuqi than him 😕


  10. DAVE aye mate but gets last word in even shoved a sneaky forcast in on the end of thread 😡


  11. Surely Toonsy wouldn’t be like UFN and not print something he didnt agree with ….would he 😉


  12. I’ll have to stream it cos the Spaniards changed their minds(again) and won’t let me put me little sat dish up 😥


  13. maybe… he would let me do a squad player project?

    Maybe I should contact him… 😯


  14. 🙂 Would love it big dave

    I would do it on the forum but this seems to be more active, im gunna ask him if I can do it 😆


  15. haha, he lets young Jobey so I dont see why he shouldn’t let me : 😀 👿


  16. Andrew @ 32 – Just a little something something that I just have created. Thought it was funny meself 😆


  17. I would be doing an article on him aswell

    and Guthrie… and Kuqi… and Ferguson and a few more!


  18. wouldnt mind reading a bit about our squad player tbh. I do like most of them.


  19. He dosent want to upset me 🙁 🙄 😆

    See Toonsy, one person has already said that they will enjoy reading….

    i’m sure other people will aswell……


  20. Big Dave – hehe I first thought of it now! 😆

    This particular perch is the english perch, i believe. haha. Lives in the surrounder waters of Newcastle and has been seen in the river tyne! 😀


  21. will this be a sell out ??? seriously if we get at man utd and dont sit back we can really hurt them!! i really think the fans will play a MASSIVE part 4 us 2mora if we go on to get anything


  22. Trying to say I suck…..

    And if you want to play like that your username suits you, thats what you are 😉


  23. ohh didnt see that 😛

    see sy im onto something here, two people want to read my squad player article 😀


  24. Big Dave – 😆

    Army69 – I think it will be a sellout. Dont we usually sell out against top sides?? Anyway as you say fans could play a major part. Just hope we play like 2half of the arse game.


  25. spence no just that raylor looks a bit thick in that pic ,and batty was 10 times the player he was 😉


  26. Footballers tend to be abit dim batty 😆

    And both you and sy have mocked the picture of raylor now.. im going to have to change it.

    And why am I thick? 😆


  27. Jonathan Pitriopa? Good player or not? nufcfans on ****ter says we’re in pole position to sign him


  28. Just to add he can other things besides running fast 😀 Would be a good upgrade on the right instead of routlegde maybe? then put Barton back in the middle.


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