Newcastle v Man United Preview

We play host to Man utd on Wednesday 4th of March at 7.45pm, And after a very lacklustre 1-0 win over Aston Villa at home on Saturday John Carver will be demanding a more incisive display up front.
He said after the Villa win: “I was brave going with two wingers and two strikers – there are not many head coaches or managers in the Premier League go that way, but I did it because I felt it was important to get the three points.
“We talked about getting the ball in the wide areas and putting the ball in the box because it’s no good Papiss [Cisse] being the lone striker and trying to play into his feet.
“But what was disappointing was that in the first half, we didn’t put the ball in the box enough, and it just shows you, the ratio: you put it in the box and he will score a goal for you, and thankfully he did.”
Daryl Janmaat has also been speaking again “We know Manchester United are a big team and they play well so we will really have to try hard to come away with maximum points,.
“I think though, that the pressure will be more on them than us. We got the three points out of our last game which was crucial for us.
“Those points will build our positivity as a team and we can now be more confident to play Manchester United.
“They are a good team and they win games but they are expected to win more. It will be a massive game for us and the fans, and a superb game to play in and be a part of.
“We want the win, we want the three points and we will do everything that we can to get them.”
Jack Colback will miss the game as he serves out the remainder of his two-match ban, while Massadio Haidara is also a doubt after picking up an injury against Villa, with Ryan Taylor on standby to fill in at left-back also winger Jonas Gutierrez is back in contention after featuring on the bench against Villa for the first time since recovering from cancer so should make the bench again, however Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella are still injured, and Paul Dummett, Cheick Tiote, and Steven Taylor longterm injuries.

Louis van Gaal’s men travel to Tyneside sitting fourth in the Barclays Premier League following a 2-0 win over 10-man Sun5er1and at the weekend.
However, the Old Trafford club’s performances have remained largely unconvincing and will need to improve during what Mata – who netted twice in a 4-0 win at Newcastle last season – labels a crucial month in their quest for UEFA Champions League football.
“We will need to give everything in the next games to get our goals; for a start, against Newcastle in the Premier League, and next Monday against Arsenal in the FA Cup,” Mata wrote on his official blog. “We will also play Tottenham and Liverpool in March, so it’s not an exaggeration to describe this month as one of the most demanding ones this season.
“We remain in the Champions League spots, but you just need to have a look at the table to realise how close this race is going to be until the end of the season.
“We are ready for that, although all we think about is trying to win all the games left. Starting this coming Wednesday in St. James’ Park, a stadium that brings back some good memories because I scored several goals there.”
Hopefully Mata wont have any good memories of this game

238 thoughts on “Newcastle v Man United Preview

  1. Letting the out of contract players leave isn’t the problem. In fact at normall clubs it would be a good opportunity to improve the squad, but here I doubt very much we will improve on them. For me this summer there are just too many who can leave on a free and leave us with big gaping holes in the squad numerically, not necessarily quality wise.

    Another big summer ahead and if we cant get value we will once again be wthout a centre half and a striker.


  2. Carver slipped into his press conference yesterday that de Jong will not play again this season – what a surprise! Why wasn’t the collapsed lung fixed when he had the 4 month thigh injury? It is supposed to be a simple operation.

    And why was Jonas on the bench if there was no intention to play him. Is sentimentality and giving the crowd a lift for 30 seconds enough to waste a sub position?

    This, along with bringing Aarons and Cisse back too early against Drs orders and Carver not knowing that Sammy can take corners really makes me question if these people have a clue what they are doing?


  3. Oh Stuart, if you think today is a lack of ambition, you should have been there (well, obviously you wouldn’t have been there) in the 80s and early 90s when the board was happy with mid table in the second division and when we did get up to Div 1 as it was then put in far less investment and had far less ambition than we have now. As many said at the time “ambition my arse” 🙂

    As for miracles, well against the mancs one happened only last season.

    No, of course I’m not happy about mediocre aims, and have stated whati’d like to see happen enough times, but I’m not going to throw my toys out of the pram and go home just because we aren’t a club challenging. Sorry, we simply disagree, leave it at that.


  4. Here is the USA I have a choice of live games – Barcelona/Valencia, Chelsea/West Ham – and I will still watch the Newcastle game. I must be mad (will record the others to watch a decent game later).


  5. One day we shall become a fully mediocre side under JC and Lee and Mike! It’s so exciting! I can see a 12th place finish for us this season. And next season we may do even worse! As Senior Official Club Journo AND Official Blog Hobbit I’m planning a series of reports on this. Stay tuned.


  6. I have to eat crow about Cisse. I was one of the people who thought he would never recover his form. Yet here he is keeping us in the Prem almost by himself. His timing is back and now and then he even holds the ball up well. Well done Cisse. I couldn’t have been more wrong about you.


  7. We have the money in the club now to spend responsibly. The profit was at least 30M last season. Personally I would pay half of that to Mike’s loan and spend the other 15M on players, plus whatever else is safe to spend on players this summer. Get rid of Willo. Ask Jonas to retire. Get rid of Obertan. Move Gouffy on. Replace them all with better players. And that’s just for starters. Get a good head coach (if anyone wants a job with that title and lack of power).


  8. And now with the important News from Toon HQ at St. James Park:
    Lee has been spotted polishing the bronze bust of himself he keeps in his office (next to the picture of him kissing Mike’s arse). JC is working on another thrilling post match speech about how we actually should have won the game. Mike has just called Lee up and demanded to know where the profits are from last week. He likes it in small bills in an envelope please


  9. Just looked it up. Without Cisse we would have 10 less points. So 25 points would put us with Villa, tied for 17th place.


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