The Premier League returns this afternoon following the international break, and the task could hardly be tougher for United.
A trip to Manchester City is on the agenda which is seldom good news for fans of Newcastle given our dismal record when visiting the blue half of Manchester. Actually, come to think of it, when visiting Manchester full stop.
The talent that Roberto Mancini has at his disposal is there for all to see. They have some truly world class players within their ranks and are always a dangerous team to play. Yet this term they’ve failed to build on the success of their title last season and look a shadow of the team that wrestled the Premier League trophy from their city neighbours on the final day of the last campaign.
As I mentioned in my match preview, for me this game is a write off. Damage limitation if you like. Just because they are pretty much out of reach of Manchester United it doesn’t mean that they are no longer a good side. They have a mean defence and a home record that compares with the best. It will be tough.
They also have a lot of players back in contention for them, again as pointed out in my match preview. We, on the other hand, are starting to see our injury list lengthen again and will struggle to name two actual full-backs for the game.
Being a 3pm game on a Saturday means that we aren’t being shown live here in the UK. However we are being shown live on a whole host of overseas channels, probably due to the fact we’re playing Manchester City. We’ve also sold out our ticket allocation so there will be plenty of fans who can’t make the game today who will perhaps be wanting to watch it online. Normal rules apply regarding streams, those being that if you find a good one then please share it with your fellow NUFC fans by leaving the link in the ‘comments’ section below.
Team news will today be provided by Big Dave. I’m at work and will be finished in time for kick-off (hopefully!) but I won’t be able to post the team news when it becomes available. You can see it in full at the bottom of this article.
Which just about wraps it up and it’s up to the players to perform at the Etihad. Will it be a case or more misery in Manchester or will we see some unlikely heroes instead?
Howay the lads!
Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Lescott, Clichy; Barry, Yaya Toure; Silva, Nasri, Tevez; Dzeko.
Subs: Pantilimon, K Toure, Kolarov, Garcia, Milner, Sinclair, Aguero
Newcastle: Elliot; Simpson, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gutierrez; Anita, Cabaye (c); Obertan, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse.
Subs: Harper, Good, Perch, Bigirimana, Gosling, Marveaux, Campbell