Newcastle United vs Manchester United match banter!
Posted on December 26th, 2012 | 101 Comments |
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Date: Weds 26th December, 2012.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).
UK TV: None.
“One clean sheet in 15 games offers us the opportunity and shows it is not impossible to score against them. We carry a threat. There is no doubt about that. We can score there and it is going to be about how we defend really. I think we will get a goal. United have been vulnerable all year defensively. Some of their goals with the back four and the goalkeeper have not been as secure as teams of the past. Sir Alex Ferguson has been quoted as saying that.”
That’s what Newcastle United’s Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew has been saying in the run up to this game.
The problem Professor Pardew’s hypothesis though is that whilst Manchester United have let in more goals than any other team in the top four this season (25), they have also let in one fewer than we have (26). On the other hand however, they are also the highest scorers in the Premiership by far. They have scored eight more goals than the second highest scoring team in the Premiership (Chelsea with 36), and well over twice as many goals as we have so far this season (20 goals to their 44). Hence, we may have a few problems with the “it is going to be about how we defend really” part of Pardew’s pronouncement. We may defend well and still let one or two in against old purple nose’s “Red Devils!” As if this wasn’t enough, we also haven’t won at Old Trafford in any competition for the past 40 years!
But we shall see soon!
In the mean time, we shall be here to keep you up to date with the official team sheets as well as links for the game as this one will not be broadcast live in the UK. As well as that, we shall also be posting highlights of the game when it is over, and possibly a video of the whole game so stay tuned!
Manchester United (4-4-2): Davide De Gea (G), Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra (C), Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie.
Subs: Anders Lindegaard (G), Alexander Buttner, Scott Wootton, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Tunnicliffe.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, James Perch, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux.
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Adam Campbell.