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United vs Newcastle: New manager same old Toon?

Manchester-United-vs-Club-BruggeIn a world where a grown man will hand one of the most respected managers in world football a piece of paper giving him advice on how to run one of the biggest clubs in the world it is easy to understand how atrocities happen in this world.

People really are awful.

The transfer period is one of the worst things about football and it is sad that the expensive signing of marquee players is more important to a great number of people than the actual kicking of a football.

Realistically the transfer period is a Boeing 747 and football is the South tower at 9am. The kind of poison these people breathe on Twitter, in the newspapers and on the radio could melt any steel beam.

In a week where United beat a gutsy Club Brugge side and effectively secured their place in the Champions league proper with an attacking performance people have been screaming for, it is insulting that all people are talking about is which Spanish international United are going to bottle next.

Get a grip, watch the match and enjoy 90 minutes where you don’t have to talk to your family.

Manchester United News

The attacking guile and defensive stability United showed midweek is all a result of a fully fit team. Funny how different the performances are when there’s no one on the treatment table.

Though Phil Jones is still injured, the Reds boast a fully fit first team and strong squad that sees players such as Javier Hernandez – remember him? – and Marcos Rojo returning to fitness.

With Memphis impressing United are starting to look scary upfront. If it weren’t for the pub player currently masquerading as Wayne Rooney this team would be scoring goals for fun.

Newcastle team news

With a new manager and a new fraud at the helm Newcastle look exactly the same side as last season, despite completing a number of signings this summer. Incredible really that Steve McClaren managed to convince someone he was the right man for the England job.

Newcastle could give a debut to new winger Florian Thauvin but defender Daryl Janmaat is banned after being sent off at Swansea last weekend.

Newcastle have lost five of their last six Premier League clashes with United and have won just two of their last 25 top-tier encounters with the Reds, one of them when you-know-who was in charge at Old Trafford.

Key men

This side is looking solid at the back and realistically it comes down to a few factors.

A consistent back line getting minutes together which is helped by having two pacey and smart full backs.

It can’t be ignored how good and solid the centre back pairing of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind look. The two are assured with a good balance of physical presence and vision to read the game, while also dominating strikers.

Chris Smalling has looked a player in the mould of Rio Ferdinand. If the young England international can stay fit there is no reason he can’t make the centre back position his own for years to come at United. With Blind alongside him United don’t look as in need of a wantaway Spaniard as they did last season.

Predicted Starting XI


William Dawson