|NEWCASTLE vs MAN UTD
St James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
April 5, 2014 10:00 PM SGT
Chief Editor, Goal Singapore
Having won at Old Trafford earlier this season, a win would mean Newcastle would have done the double over Manchester United. I'm pretty sure there's a record in there somewhere, since the 1-0 win in December was the first since 1972.
Yes the man who grabbed the match winner has since departed St James' Park and the team has struggled since then. The 4-0 defeat to Southampton last week meant they are now in danger of finishing outside of the top half of the table; a big fall from grace after hovering in the top 5 for lengthy spells.
But I'm sure that's hardly the headlines given the Red Devils' form. The Villa win, could mean little if previous form is to be taken into consideration. Nevertheless, they do boast the best away record this season and that's nothing to be scoffed at.
To quote, Keving Keegan, 'I'd love it' if we (yes I'm a Newcastle fan) beat them, but alas, a draw would be a more likelier result if both teams decide not to slip-up.
Senior Editor, Goal Singapore
What a lift that 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in midweek must have been for Manchester United. For possibly the first time this season, the Red Devils showed the fight, determination, character and never-say-die attitude that has come to be associated with them since forever.
I thought David Moyes's charges even deserved a victory, though that might just be the United fan in me saying it. However, there is no way else to go but forward and up now - and up the Premier League table is a good place to start.
Newcastle are in a bit of a rut, to put it mildly. To put it strongly - and with United surprisingly possessing the league's best away record - they should smash the Magpies. The loss of Yohan Cabaye seemed to have precipitated a downward spiral in form and there is no better time to rub it in than now.
Shinji Kagawa and Juan Mata linked up to good effect against Aston Villa and if they can repeat their heroics here, along with Wayne Rooney spearheading the attack, I can't see why United cannot get all three points at St James' Park.