Newcastle to face backlash from United after Swansea draw

United are 1.25 with Boylesports to beat Newcastle in their Boxing Day clash at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils performed well below their best in their 1-1 draw at Swansea on Sunday, and Sir Alex is sure to have read them the riot act after that game.

A backlash can be expected and in a game in which they traditionally do well Newcastle look likely to feel the full force.

Indeed, United have not lost at home to the Magpies in the league since 1971/72 and the last time they met back in October at St James’ ran out easy 3-0 winners.

A similar scoreline, or bigger, could be on the cards in this as Newcastle have been a shadow of their former selves this season and have won just 5 of their 18 games.

All of those wins have come at home, and they have been beaten on the road by the likes of Southampton and Fulham.

By stark contrast, United have lost just three games all season and had been banging in goals for fun prior to their first draw of the campaign against Reading.

Everything suggests a comfortable win for United, so who will fire them on their way to the expected victory?

Wayne Rooney was out of form against Reading and it will be interesting to see if he is in the starting XI. If he is then the 5 on offer about him with bet365 and Betfred in the first goalscorer market could be a bit of value as Wazza is the type of player who likes to bounce back quickly and prove a point.

Hernandez looked sharp when he came on in Sunday’s game and c an also be backed at 5 with bet365 in the same market.

However my money is once gain going to be on Robin van Persie who was unlucky not to score when hitting the bar against Reading and looks massively overpriced at 4 with bet365 to net the opener given that he is as short as 2.75 with one firm to do so.

I think there will be plenty of goals in this, and over 2.5 looks a solid odds-on shot at 1.44 with Boylesports.

United to win 4-0 or 4-1 are my idea of the outcome, and those scorelines can be backed at 12 and 17 respectively with bet365 and Coral.


  1. There is no Wayne Rooney for Manchester United, as Javier Hernandez starts alongside Robin van Persie. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs both start in midfield.

    • @Owen: So we’re playing 4-2-2, with Giggs and Scholes in midfield… notice their absence in defense… along with Newcastle’s midfield injury woes (Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaeye all out)!!

      This is a despicable performance… all around. Even Dean Riley is taking part is making this game a forgettable affair. Utterly pathetic.

  2. Phew!! Nail biting stuff!

    I thought Giggs was much better on the left than Valencia on the right!!

    Still our defensive woes don’t seem to be going away any time soon! Lets just hope Vida returns back to full fitness ASAP because we really need him back there and on top form!

    Once again Chicha has come to our rescue and thank god but how many chances did we miss to seal it once and for all? I though we would never get the winner

    City losing has made our victory over Newcastle even sweeter indeed!

    Fair play to Newcastle for their resilient performance and never say die attitude, not once did they want to sit back as they felt that they could get the victory and i don’t blame them!

    7 points clear baby!!!


  3. Very good game. I thought we weren’t gonna win it when they went 3-2.

    Great resolve to turn it around with only 20 minutes left on the clock. The 3 points puts us 7 points clear of City.

    How good was Carrick? Wow great performance!

    Newcastle’s defense was also a bit off at times.

    I don’t know who was more important today van Persie or Carrick.

    Van Persie tracked back nicely at times to help with the defense. He is such a key player for us.

    Chicha again saved the day. How many games has this kid won for us this season?

    Good game Giggs, he actually played well today.

    Ashley Young is so rubbish that he makes Ryan Giggs look like a decent alternative on the left wing.

    Valencia is better on the right when he is partnered by Rafael.

    Cleverley added great energy when replacing Scholes.

  4. I was also surprised to see Rooney excluded.

    But I guess maybe he’s being saved for the Saturday game.

    I don’t think Nick Powell is too much worse than Paul Scholes, so why not give him a run out?

  5. Rooney gets injured just when Kagawa comes back online. AGAIN!

    Is this fate?

    The same thing happened earlier this season. Rooney got injured (He had a chunk cut out of his thigh against Fulham) so that Kagawa could play.

    Is this the only solution to the Kagawa vs Rooney issue?

  6. Truthfully,Giggs and Scholes have made it hard 4 us everytime they play. Fair play to Giggs who had a good game,but probably his only good game this year.I think all the games we lost in the league have had one or both playing.Scholes is rapidly losing touch with the energy and pace parts of football.Valencia is a bit too predictable.I feel ostracizing Nani is our 2nd biggest mistake behind having Giggs and Scholes in midfield.We create chances galore,we generally have the ball most of the match,we score plenty.But we concede some of the most unnecessary goals in football history.2 things.A constantly shuffled defence will never develop into a unit. Secondly,we need to stop playing Giggs and Scholes,especially in midfield,especially together.We become so open and slow.Anderson should be replaced if he keeps getting injured and Cleverly should play every game till Anderson returns then they can be rested for each other.Kagawa,Nani,Anderson returning hopefully means less of the legends

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