In recent seasons, United have turned to the Premier League for solace after experiencing disappointment in Europe. This season, however, things have taken the opposite course as United have secured qualification to the round of 16 with a game to spare and a draw against Shakthar Donetsk tomorrow will secure top spot in Group A.
Alan Pardew has given Vurnon Anita a well deserved start at Old Trafford today, as Newcastle revert to a 4-3-3 formation against Manchester United. Shola Ameobi goes to the bench, and that's the only change from the side that started at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night, and we were way off in thinking Massadio [.
One of the big questions about the game at Manchester United tomorrow, is how Newcastle will react to our first defeat in five games, and Newcastle's standards slipped a bit at the Liberty Stadium, especially in that first half, and we cannot let that happen in tomorrow's game, otherwise we could suffer our second defeat [.
After a brilliant if somewhat solo performance from Liverpool and Luis Suarez against Norwich midweek, the Reds will be looking to continue their streak against West Ham at home this Saturday. This is certainly the kinder half of December for Liverpool and so fans will be hoping for more of the same and another three points wrapped up this weekend.
Alan Pardew has made a bit of a shock selection and named an unchanged side for Swansea tonight, and the logic is probably that Alan believes we have an excellent chance of getting all 3 points tonight, and plays his strongest side, and will make changes for the early kick-off game at Old Trafford [.
Liverpool welcome the Canaries to Anfield on Wednesday evening as the Reds look to redeem themselves after a terrible performance against Hull at the weekend. Brendan's side looked completely lacklustre and it is assumed the boss will this time field a different starting XI.
Liverpool are of course without Daniel Sturridge who could be out for six weeks.
Liverpool prepare to face Steve Bruce's Hull City Tigers on Sunday as the Reds look to tame the potential roar of the promoted side. The Reds were last seen in a very intense derby against Everton with Daniel Sturridge sealing a draw for Brendan's boys, unfortunately for Liverpool it looks like they will be without Sturridge for this one as he is forced to sit out with an ankle injury.
This is another tough test for Newcastle today at home to West Brom, and it's never easy to win games in the Premier League, as West Brom found out on Monday night when they were 2-0 up at home to Aston Villa after only 10 minutes, but Villa came storming back in the second half [...]
Newcastle play Norwich City this afternoon, and if we can win this game against Chris Hughton's side, it will be the third league win in a row, and that's something we didn't achieve all of last season, and things will could be looking up on Tyneside, and last season's nightmare will hopefully start to become [.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has decided to play an unchanged side against Spurs this afternoon, even though captain Fab Coloccini is fit, and he's on the bench today. But the side did so well last Saturday against Chelsea, that Pardew has shown faith in his central defense pairing of Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and [.
Newcastle face another tough test tomorrow afternoon against Tottenham Hotspur, and White Hart Lane is not a particularly lucky place for Newcastle to visit, and we have lost five of our last seven games there. In last week's great win over Chelsea, Newcastle had to defend well in that first half and got to half [.
Liverpool welcome Martin Jol's Fulham to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds look to get back on track after their loss to Arsenal at the Emirates. Brendan Rodgers welcomed Philippe Coutinho back on to the bench for the last fixture but it is hoped the starlet will start from the whistle this time out.
Well, we got the team right for a change, and the only surprise in Alan Pardew's team for the Chelsea game this afternoon is Shola Ameobi up front as a striker alongside Loic Remy, as Newcastle revert to a 4-4-2 formation. And with so many defenders being out injured, James Tavernier comes in on the [.
Newcastle have a tough game this afternoon against second top Chelsea, who have not lost a game in the Premier League since September 14th, when they lost 1-0 at Everton. But there's some hope for Newcastle, since Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has never won at Newcastle, and if it stays that way after today's game, [.
Liverpool are off down South on Saturday evening as they prepare to face rivals Arsenal. The Reds have had a far better start to the season than anyone expected and I think it's fair to say so too have Arsene Wenger's side. Arsenal are currently top of the pile on 22 points with both Chelsea and ourselves tightly behind them on 20 points.
It looks like Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini didn't make this game so Paul Dummett comes into central defense to face Sunderland for the first time in his career. Paul prepared to play in central defense for last week's game and he would have done the same this week in training so at least Paul [...
Newcastle were disgraced last time we played Sunderland, when the lads put in a pathetic performance at St. James' Park in April, and we went down 3-0, which was one of Newcastle's worst ever defeats by Sunderland on home soil. So we are hoping Newcastle can make it up to their fans, and come away [.
As expected Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa both start for Newcastle today against Liverpool, with Mapou coming in for the injured Coloccini and Ben Arfa replacing Papiss Cisse, and the Frenchman will play in the middle of the front three, with Remy and Gouffran the two wide men. So Remy and Gouffran will be the two [.
Guess at a line-up: Mignolet Johnson Skrtel Agger Flanagan Henderson Gerrard Lucas Coutinho Sturridge Suarez
Midfield has usually been Liverpool's most worrying component so far this season, but thanks to Enrique's ongoing knee injury – which now looks like it'll require surgery – Liverpool's defense might well be the greater concern tomorrow.
Finally! Another international break is over and we can breathe a sigh of relief after minimal damage injury wise occurred for the Reds. Liverpool have a huge game this weekend making the short trip across Stanley Park to Goodison where they will face Roberto Martinez's Everton. Both sides have had a cracking start to the season and it should be an exciting 90 minutes.
Never have the words "must win games" and "need to bounce back" been used so often when talking about Manchester United. Not in the last two decades anyway, for during the Sir Alex Ferguson era, setbacks were nothing if not a platform to propel United towards more success and trophies.
This season, unfortunately, lows have been more common than highs and, after a positive run which saw the Reds going 12 games unbeaten, United were outplayed and beaten at home by Everton on Wednesday night, the Toffees' first win at Old Trafford in 20 years.
As Manchester United travel to Cardiff tomorrow they'll not only hope to secure a fourth consecutive league win, but they'll also want to kick off what promises to be an extremely difficult week in the best possible way.
A trip to the Welsh capital is followed by a potentially crucial tie away at Leverkusen on Wednesday, before United complete their hat-trick of away games with a visit to big-spending and goal-shy Tottenham Hotspurs next week in case David Moyes assumed beating Arsenal would buy him some time, the next seven days will be a timely reminder that at United tests are never too far away.
Never has a Manchester United vs Everton match carried the significance it will have on Wednesday night the 1985 and 1995 FA Cup finals being notable exceptions asDavid Moyes goes into his first meeting against his former club withUnited unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions, but nine points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.
"We can't afford to lose," says Patrice Evra ahead of Sunday's trip to White Hart Lane and few would disagree with the United left-back, for this weekend's clash against Tottenham could be a watershed moment as far as David Moyes' first season at the club is concerned.
Having beaten Arsenal, United failed to pick up any significant momentum and slumped to a dreadful draw at Cardiff last week, an infuriating result not only because the Reds conceded a late equaliser for the third time this season after letting in late goals against Shakthar and Southampton, but also because it came on the back on a terribly insipid performance.
Manchester United face Bayer Leverkusen tonight in the Champions League, hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of Sunday's draw at Cardiff and, more crucially, take a decisive step towards the knockout stage of the competition.
It won't, however, be an easy task a rather recurrent theme this season as while United arrive in Germany still unbeaten and top of Group A, their route to the knockout stage could become extremely trickier were they to fail to pick up a positive result tonight, against a Leverkusen team that has won the last seven games in the Champions League on home turf.
As Manchester United and Arsenal face each other on Sunday, it'll be impossible not to cast our minds back to transfer deadline day and wonder how things would have panned out had United agreed to sign Mesut Ozil, rather than deeming the German international too expensive, thus allowing him to join the North Londoners.
Manchester United will take on Real Sociedad tonight knowing that a win in San Sebastian would put them on pole-position to clinch qualification to the round of 16, as United enter tonight's match only three points away from the 10-point tally that is normally considered crucial to progress to the second stage of the competition.
Manchester United travel to Fulham today searching for the continuity that's been sorely missing so far this season, as the Reds seek to secure their first back-to-back league wins of the campaign at Craven Cottage.
Three win on the trot at Old Trafford against Real Sociedad, Stoke City and Norwich City mean United arrive in London on the back of a six-game unbeaten run in all competition, a much needed improvement after the difficult start to the campaign they endured under David Moyes and the poor results at home against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton.
Having dropped two points against Southampton last week, Europe provided David Moyes with a much-needed boost as United overcame Real Sociedad on Wednesday night, moving join-top of Group A alongside Bayer Leverkusen, while their performance was arguably the more encouraging of the season yet.
United host Stoke today, entering October's final league fixture in eight place, eight points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, something that was definitely not on Moyes' mind when he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson, but United can have little complaints about their league position, having failed to produce a convincing performance since beating Swansea on the opening day of the season.
Alan Pardew has made 5 changes from the side that lost 2-1 at Sunderland on Sunday and in comes 20 year-old French U21 International Massadio Haidara for his first game of the season, and Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse also start up front in a 4-4-2 formation. As expected Vurnon Anita is recalled in a [.
It's the first home game after we lost to Sunderland on Sunday, and last season after we were beaten by Sunderland, we lost 6-0 against to Liverpool in our next home game, so let's hope we do a lot better than that tonight that;s a minimum requirement tonight. Newcastle have some injured defenders, and [.