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Manchester United vs Newcastle United preview and match banter!

Posted on December 7th, 2013 | 72 Comments |

Two teams needing to bounce back.
Two teams needing to bounce back.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Date: Sat 7th Dec, 2013.
Kick off: 12.45pm.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
UK TV: BT Sport.

Well both teams go into this one still reeling from defeats in midweek.

For the Magpies, Alan Pardew’s four game winning streak was brought to a shuddering halt after a tactical masterclass in adversity from Swansea’s Michael Laudrup. After losing their third striker Alvaro Vazquez to a groin strain, Laudrup reacted by bringing on Nathan Dyer and using Jonjo Shelvey in a so called ‘false nine’ role. They went on to transform the game with a goal each, with Shelvey also forcing Mathieu Debuchy into scoring an own goal for a 3-0 defeat.

Newcastle United are still roughly where they should be in the league though, seventh. Meanwhile, Manchester United certainly aren’t after their midweek defeat to Everton. The Red Devils thought they’d try a grumpy Glaswegian as manager for a change, but now find themselves languishing two places below the Magpies in ninth place with only six wins from their fourteen Premier League games so far.

Anyway, we’ll have two teams looking to bounce back like Alan Partridge this afternoon.

Previous results.

Last six Premier League games, most recent first.

Team Results Points
Manchester United L|D|D|W|W|W 11/18
Newcastle United L|W|W|W|W|L 12/18

Team news.

I won’t linger for long on this section as I should be posting the final team sheets very soon (around an hour before kick off).

Once again, Newcastle United are doing pretty well on the injury front, with only long term injury, Ryan Taylor definitely out at the moment. Hatem Ben Arfa will return to contention after recovering from illness and Papiss Cisse is a slight doubt with his heel but we’ll see.

On the other side, Michael Carrick will definitely be out and there will be no ‘Fatman and Robin’ partnership up front for the Reds as Rooney is suspended and Van Persie will be a doubt, along with Shinji Kagawa.

What the managers have been saying.

David Moyes: “They had a defeat against Swansea. But they had four straight wins before that, which is a great record to get, because I know what’s it’s like to win three or four games in a row in the Premier League, it’s a hard thing to do. So congratulations to them, but obviously they come to Old Trafford and we’re going to make it as hard and difficult for them as we can.”

Alan Pardew: “I think there’ll be a reaction from Manchester United to their defeat and likewise from us so it’ll make for a game which is quite pressurised. Therefore we need to have calm heads in that game – and hopefully we can retain the ball better than we did at Swansea. They (Manchester United) had gone 12 games unbeaten up until that game so it’s not like there’s a crisis there. They’ve lost a game, which anybody can do in the Premier League at the moment, and their reaction is going to be a little bit larger than ours, so I think there’s a bit of pressure on them.”

And finally…

My usual reminders. This game will broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport, but I will post some links for those of you who can’t get it, as well as posting highlights and a video of the whole game for those of you who can’t watch it live.

Howay the Lads!

Teams.

Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea (G); Rafael, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic (c), Patrice Evra; Nani, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley, Adnan Januzaj; Javier Hernandez, Robin Van Persie.

Subs: Anders Lindegaard (G), RioFerdinand, Anderson, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Wifried Zaha, Danny Welbeck.

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi.

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  1. Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran

    Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi.

  2. Looks like the Master Tactician has heeded Chucks advice not to start Shola. Interesting to see Jonas back in the squad.

    I wonder if at some point the “MT” will also take heed of Chucks sage words and bring Marveux back into the squad.

    Looks like a good line up for us, what’s the odds on us actually getting a penalty awarded in our favour, outside bet I reckon.

  3. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    December 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    “what’s the odds on us actually getting a penalty awarded in our favour, outside bet I reckon.”

    They have a different manager now though, Grumpy. Ferguson knew how to treat referees.

  4. “Well both teams go into this one still reeling from defeats in midweek”

    I dont believe we’re ever “reeling” adter a defeat WT. I think the word you’re searching for is “shrugging” :)

  5. “Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye goes into the book early on after catching Adnan Januzaj late. That booking rules him out of next weekend’s game against Southampton”

    Must have temporarily forgotten he’s in the shop window ?

  6. canadaTOON says:
    December 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    “God, Krul has the worst distribution”

    Aye he’s never been a great kicker. I just wish he’d stop hoofing it up the pitch all the time though and build up play from the back like good teams do. That isn’t his fault though.

  7. sirjasontoon says:
    December 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    “Nice watching a game and not being blinded by Wonga and all of Ashley’s TAT”

    It’s the biggest money machine in football but they only have one row of pitch side adverts and no horrible signs all over the roof, or on the club crest in the players tunnel and everyf***ingwhere else.

  8. sirjasontoon says:
    December 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    “Lovely that”

    sirjasontoon says:
    December 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm (Edit)

    “Growing in confidence – very good :)”

    I had to check that you weren’t being spoofed there, SJT.

  9. F***ing Michael Owen. He says van Persie isn’t looking sharp and Manchester United aren’t threatening upfront. So of course, Van Persie immediately scores.

  10. Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

    “I think Newcastle should just go for the second goal. They are asking for trouble at the moment as they allow United to come at them and they are looking dangerous at the moment. ”

    Is it the players or are they under instructions ?

  11. They’ll open the doors for him Worky. This is historic, beyond taking cheap shots my friend.

  12. I said yesterday he would get the result at Old Trafford, After Everton won there, You knew there was a chance.
    I reckon Pardew will probably cite this as his greatest result as a manager, Judging by the way he was at the end.

    If he keeps this up we might start to think he is a good manager, Fair play to him for today though, We were the better side for most of that game.

  13. “I asked them to play differently today, to keep the ball and we did that. We made it difficult for them and it’s a great day for us”

    What can I say ?

  14. Not the greatest game to watch, but a satisfying result.
    And a deserved win.
    Aboot time a’nal, only took 41 years.
    I guess whatever ones opinion of Pardeux, it’s one the fans can savor.
    Have to say, this is the most ordinary MU. side in recent history, obviously going nowhere in this league.
    It also appears clubs no longer fear them and believe they are beatable.
    Guess Ferguson, handed Moyes a poison chalice.
    Ah well! all good things come to an end.
    Gotta watch the Citeh vs S’ampton game, Citeh just opened the scoring, fancy them for the league.

  15. AndyMac says:
    December 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    “I asked them to play differently today, to keep the ball and we did that. We made it difficult for them and it’s a great day for us”

    I don’t understand, does that mean he doesn’t want them to keep the ball in other games?

  16. @ chuck
    city wont win it bud bet on arsenal citys ussally crapy away form will cost them the title