United vs Newcastle

We’re inviting some of our Twitter friends, and now resident thought sharer Iwan Lenhert, to share some of their ‘Pre and Post Match’ thoughts with us from now on. You can still enjoy my nonsensical, confusing punctuation buffets below their proper good ones…

Iwan (@IwanLehnert):

It’s not that I take some form of sick pleasure in predicting results that are detrimental to United’s progress correctly, but I called that one. Yes, I clearly need the ego stroke, so allow me a second or so of knowing nodding for correctly plumping for a 1-1 draw against Swansea.

Right, all done.

To be honest, I find it hard to get behind the boss’ assertion that not winning in South Wales amounted to grand larceny. For a start, our delivery was pretty poor across the park, save for Van Persie’s corner for Evra’s goal. Rooney, Young and Valencia just weren’t at the races, preferring instead to drift about in some mystical fantasy land in which they had at least a second longer on the ball than they did in reality. Not a great afternoon all around, really. Certainly a game we would’ve expected to win if we were at home, but our final ball was that lackadaisical that we really can’t have that much to moan about. Not even that, plumping for the most overly experienced of cavalries to try and salvage three points was a bit worrying, especially with Welbeck sat on the side lines waiting for a chance to do something. Danny’s had a good start to the season but due to Hernandez having a good run, he’s been pushed to the side a little. The more he plays, the better, and considering just how clueless Rooney was yesterday, he’s deserving of a start on Boxing Day. Yesterday was valuable, though; United need to realise that they can’t always bully their way to three points if the scoreline’s tight, as was evidence by the lack of clear opportunities we made as the game wore down.

I expected the game at The Stadium Formerly Known As St. James’ Park in October to be a lot harder than it was. We started that game beautifully, and could’ve have easily scored five. An extra day of rest won’t mean a helluva lot for Newcastle at this point, and considering how disappointed the manager was to drop points against Swansea, the response he’ll be demanding will probably deem it redundant. It’s very easy to fall into a trap of thinking that we’ll just win because we’re at home in these sort of matches, but Newcastle are experiencing a rough season. Last term, no one expected a thing from them, and they finished a highly impressive fifth. Now, they’re doing the Europa League juggle and the going is instantly tougher. Last season, they ground out a draw at Old Trafford, but you just can’t see that happening this time, not with United needing to show up.

Not that it’s all doom and gloom, of course. We’re clear at the top of the Christmas tree by four points. Vidic got a much needed run out, too? What else happened…….actually, Giggs’ cameo was superb. Just a shame no one had a final ball in them.

Prediction: 3-1. De Gea to barely be tested, simple goal conceeded, response given.

Hoping to (but probably won’t) see: Sir Alex indulge us in a rendition of Robin Around The Christmas Tree, Welbeck and Hernandez starting with Van Persie, a clean sheet (hope springs eternal).

Brett:

(Bit of a kop out but I’m pretty much copying and pasting the same thoughts for the next few games. If anyone I mention gets injured or suspended I’ll get my just desserts) Christmas takes over for me in these coming weeks – I love the festive fixture chaos, but I won’t be paying as much attention as I perhaps might *Gasp!- release the hounds on me!!* As I’ve said, I think we’ll take our foot off the pedal a touch with our six point advantage and City are starting to look like their 2011 selves, so, I think we’ll be about even again by New Year. Having said that I always expect us to win,so how that will actually manifest itself is anyone’s guess.

Fergie has already suggested he’s going to be hitting the rotation button hard and so I can’t imagine we’ll win any games comfortably over Chrimbo. If we keep to similar elevens to the previous two or three games (we need to) then we should get through these games. Fingers crossed.

I really feel like Danny and Chicha will be vital to this period and really hope they can make the impact required when we need them. Hopefully TV will show a bit more (The revolution will be TV-sized), and who knows maybe Ashley Young will hold off the impending stinker for another week.

Newcastle are a bit of the unknown at the moment, anything could happen.

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