Newcastle United vs Manchester United match banter!

Posted on December 26th, 2012 | 101 Comments |

Manchester United v Newcastle United.
Christmas stuffing?
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!

Team sheets.

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.


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101 Responses

  1. Not won for 40 years ? May as well forfeit the game and say we aren’t bothering to send a team down. I’m joking ofc.

  2. A battle between the Master and the F**kwit.
    Can see a thrashing on the horizon today….be a shame after we have put together a decent run of performances according to Orwellian numpty.

  3. No Jonas in the team or on the bench. Starting Marveaux instead. Is Jonas injured ? I’ve been saying he should be dropped for a couple of months ago but i’m suprised he hasn’t made the bench if he’s fit.

  4. Interesting midfield and bench. A lot of people have been asking for changes, I hope it works. At the very least let’s put up a fight. I hate the smugness of Man U fans (i know they have a lot to be smug about, but I hate it anyway)

  5. GS says:
    December 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    “A lot of people have been asking for changes”

    It’s the players who have been asking for changes, GS. It’s been like “Mutiny on the Bounty” in the dressing room.

  6. Thanks for the link worky and a very merry christmas and a happy new year to all on here if I haven’t said it already

  7. Phisix says:
    December 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    “Something is wrong, we are playing good!”

    Player power Phisix. As I wrote above, it’s been like Mutiny on the Bounty in the NUFC dressing room recently.

  8. workyticket says:

    Sorry about the link I recommended earlier.

    No worries worly I’m watching it in russian now. Doe’s anyone know a good english one?

  9. workyticket says:
    December 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm (Edit)

    Jonny friggin’ Evans again. He’s certainly having an effect one way or another this afternoon.

  10. It’s nearly all our defenders so far. A goal from Perch in defensive midfield, one for Simpson via Evans and alot of the chances coming from defenders like Simpson, Santon and Colo too.

  11. Now we’re looking like last season…play crap against crap teams, look decent against good ones.

  12. Howay the lads! What a difference a mutiny can make. A totally different team to what we have seen so far this season.

  13. Phisix says:
    December 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    “What mutiny?”

    The players have geen getting pee’d off with Pardew’s tactics and a few of them have been having a word about it. He had a bit of a argument with Coloccini too.

  14. Between the slow-running streams and fast-typing posters here, I think I know what’s going on…

  15. if we play like this every week we would not be in the position we are now! come on boys we still right in this

  16. wt-at this point, I think we’re all looking for 3 points at least as much as excitement.

    That said, this seems to be the match of the day.

  17. workyticket says:

    You can’t say it isn’t an exciting game though Tony!

    I can’t argue with that one worky

  18. Phisix says:
    December 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    “Typical. Hate this lucky team.”

    It’s happened too many times this season for it to be luck Phisix. They’ll give the other team hope by letting in a few goals, but then they’ll score more. It’s a bit like the Keegan days with us really.

  19. Simpson cannot hit a final ball – yes he set up the own goal – but it was half a shot half a cross, and was lucky. Everything else in terms of delivery has been woeful. Gets into good positions and just shanks everything

  20. I couldn’t stop watching the game there. Very exciting but a shame about the result. I don’t think we should go blaming individual players though.

  21. thought we played well meself was hopeing for point but got no complaints bar that dude never got book for that changgle on anita

  22. toontony says:
    December 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    “I don’t think we should go blaming individual players though.”

    I definitely agree with that one Tony.

  23. sirjasontoon says:
    December 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    “Same Old….zzzzzzzzzzzz”

    Same old Scrooge SJT :-)

    I wouldn’t go as far as Toon Army Elite and say we should have had a draw but we didn’t do too badly. Man U have had alot of games like that, letting a few in but scoring one or two more in the end. Alex Ferguson is turning into Kevin Keegan!

  24. We shouldn’t assume the worst about Anita’s injury. It was the result I expected but not the performance – makes you think about what might have been if we had kept it on the ground in earlier games.

    At least it didn’t trash our goal difference which still could be important, I hope not though.

  25. good game we did not deserve to lose anitas injury is a concern as he has been class lately and with cabaye out already it is not good

  26. Too bad. Seems like at least a point there for the taking.

    Think how the lads start the next match will tell you all you need to know about the rest of our season.

  27. tunyc says:
    December 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    “Too bad. Seems like at least a point there for the taking.”

    Tunyc, I think the fans of a few clubs may have been saying that against Man U this season. While it’s true they’re letting in more goals than usual they’re also scoring more too. They’ve scored alot more than even the teams around them at the top.

  28. wt @100-true, but they weren’t always missing three of their most dangerous attacking players or playing three of four defenders that are still getting back to full match fitness. That said, I expected nothing better than not seriously damaging our GD.

    I’ve seen instances like this where a close loss damages the team’s psyche more than a rout. Feeling like you could have won but didn’t can stick longer than the feeling of being pasted. If heads go down against Arsenal and they tear us apart, I hate to think where that leaves the team’s mindset going into matches against EFC, Brighton in the cup and Norwich-all matches from which we should hope to get a result.