Newcastle United vs Manchester United – Match Preview:
Chance to make up some ground?
I don’t know about you but for me there is just something special about a midweek full premier league fixture list. This week it throws up some absolute crackers, with City hosting Everton and Liverpool facing Arsenal, along with high flying Leicester playing Spurs. With that in mind and the inevitability of contenders dropping points it becomes imperative that the Reds take all three at St James’ Park tonight.
I will be heading up there later today and I was there last year to watch one of the scrappiest games in recent memory with Ashley Young scoring a last gasp winner and sending the away fans in to hysteria. All this recent talk of the style and the manager, I for one would definitely take the same result again tonight.
The form for both teams for most of the season has been relatively poor. Although United have won their last two they dropped 13 league points in December and Newcastle have lost their last four games 1-0. Steve McClaren has found out the Premier League is much more competitive than the last time he managed in it and his team look serious contenders for a widespread relegation battle come May.
Newcastle last 6 PL games:
WWDLLL 7/18 points
Man Utd last 6 PL games:
DLLLDW – 5/18 points
Wayne Rooney: The Manchester United man took a while to get the goal that nudged him past Andy Cole, but with 2 in his last 2 and his well known reputation as a confidence player, the United faithful will be hoping he puts in a big display tonight and increases his goal tally for 2016.
Georginio Wijnaldum: He is the top scorer for Newcastle this season with 7 goals and a good variety of them. He looks calm and composed on the ball with good aerial ability and pace in abundance, United full backs could be in for a long night if they face plenty of direct runs from him.
Injuries – Bastian Schweinsteiger has picked up an injury which will rule him out, along with Jones, Valencia,Rojo and Shaw.
Newcastle have a long injury list including Colback, Anita, Williamson, Cisse, Aarons, Haidara, Krul, Rivière, Obertan and Steven Taylor.
Prediction : Another tight encounter with the Reds sneaking a one goal victory : 2-1 Man Utd
Referee: Mike Dean