MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Manchester United, St James’ Park, 4/Mar/15, KO: 7:45, Premier League.

by • March 2, 2015 • Match previewsComments (6)1070

Wednesday night gives us the opportunity to build on the hard fought three points won Carrick1against Villa at the weekend as this enigmatic Man United side pay us a visit. Despite the gap between these two teams being wider than it once was, this fixture will always contain that little bit of needle which provokes a good atmosphere and to be fair to the opposition their supporters always come in good numbers and have a cracking songbook which they put to good use. There’s far too much history here for us not to be desperate to get one over on this lot. The performance against Villa wasn’t vintage by any means but there were positive improvements on recent weeks, Williamson and Coloccini looked solid despite coming up against the pace and power of Agbonlahor and Benteke; and in the second half we continued to push forward in search of a second goal which was refreshing to see and John Carver deserves some credit for this approach.

In terms of options it remains to be seen whether Haidara was taken off as a precaution or adidaspreorderwhether his injury was as serious as it looked, if it’s the latter then we may have to struggle on with Ryan Taylor as a makeshift left back for the rest of the season, a big ask for somebody who has hardly played any football for the past 2 and a half years. Ayoze was given a breather at the weekend although he did play the final twenty minutes or so, a necessary rest given this is his first season in top flight football and he’s been running his bollocks off in isolation for the past few months. I’d expect him to be put back in the starting eleven on Wednesday though especially considering how easy their defence can be gotten at, although to be fair to his replacement on Saturday Riviere put in a decent performance and one thing I have noticed is that he doesn’t hide for a player so clearly lacking in confidence.

Our visitors have had a topsy-turvy season despite sitting in the Champions League places,special_widget_pic they’ve struggled to put many good performances together and have looked disjointed under the loathsome Louis Van Gaal. They edged past the Mackems at the weekend with two goals from Rooney who was reverted back to the striker position he’s been playing his entire career, he’s likely to be kept there alongside the misfiring Radamel Falcao given the ankle problem to Van Persie who always bloody manages to score against us. As alluded to before their defence is really vulnerable and it’s vital that when chances do come our way we are clinical, something that has been missing when getting ourselves into good counter attacking situations in recent home matches.

Likely Line Ups

NUFC – (4-4-1-1) Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara/Raylor; Obertan, Abeid, Sissoko, Ameobi; Ayoze, Cisse

MUFC – (3-5-2) De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Rojo; Valencia, Blind, Ander, Di Maria, Young; Rooney, Falcao

Previous Meetings – NUFC 0 MUFC 4  April 2014 – A miserable performance as a Man United side struggling for form swept us away comfortably with a scratch side. A supposed dressing room bustup after the game spelt the beginning of the end of Hatem Ben Arfa’s Tyneside career.

NUFC 3  MUFC 0 January 2012 – A solid performance where the 3-0 scoreline was fully justified, a cracking finish by Demba Ba was followed by a stunning Cabaye free kick at the Gallowgate end before an own goal settled things.


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6 Responses to MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Manchester United, St James’ Park, 4/Mar/15, KO: 7:45, Premier League.

  1. Rob says:

    Am glad you didn’t take the easy option and just slate Riviere.
    Brought in and asked to play in way he’s never ever played before (as a lone front man, feeding on scraps and high balls) before being dropped. Even on Saturday he seemed to be playing at number 10. His confidence seems absolutely shot.
    He’s not going to be amazing, but with some decent management I still think there’s a player in there. He’s fast, strong, and has a decent touch. Just needs to believe that the manager believes in him.

  2. Ryan Bell says:

    Yeah I would never sit and pretend he’s been good since coming here but he certainly isn’t useless. His biggest issue may be that he doesn’t require that killer instinct, but from general play he looks decent when quicker players can link up with him.

  3. Alex Dougall says:

    Absolutely agree with Rob and Ryan Bell there. The lad came from Monaco where he was up top with Falcao with decent service from genuine creative midfielders. Having to deal with Williamson’s lumps up top is hardly the same. He has barely played and there are some great players who have taken longer to settle and show their worth. As mentioned, a bit of belief from the manager could go a long way to helping the lad. Fair play for the article not jumping on the bandwagon and slating him.

  4. I agree on the previous comments on Riviera. Gets to be too easy to slate individuals in the Toon selections but bad man management and positional deployment has something to do with individual performances. Yes I was pleased to see an attacking formation and some real effort into going forward against the Villa . Carver , not the best football brain on the planet, has to stick with this even if only to give the fans something to get excited about.

  5. Stephen says:

    19 years to the day since we pounded the Mancs goal for 45 minutes without scoring on our way to 2nd place ‘glory’. Ferdinand etc just couldn’t beat the big Dane but there were ‘goals’ in our team. That night it just did not happen.I’d like to say the same about Riviere.

    Riviere had opportunities and chances early in the season, Gillingham etc, have we forgotten already that he never struck the ball cleanly in those attempts. He has not been picked for a reason and now he’s been thrown in in desparation because our coaching team have f*cked Perez.

  6. Ant says:

    I still think that (overall) our players are miles better than the crud to be found even in most mid-tier premiership teams. I would love to see a proper football manager having a proper go at getting the best out of them. Pardew and Carver are very much the right people to coach “up and at them” cro-magnon like Murray (no wonder Pardew has found his spiritual home at Crystal Palace). I would hope NUFC fans aspire to something a bit better.

    I am not implying that we have a Neymar-like genius in our books, but I would pick our front-line ahead of most teams outside the top 5.