Manchester United vs Newcastle
Venue – Old Trafford
Date – 26th December 2014
Time – 8:30 PM IST
After a string of six successive wins on the trot, Manchester United were brought down to earth by resilient Aston Villa side last week as both sides played out a tame 1-1 draw. United can be considered lucky that they escaped Villa park with a point in hand as the home side played ever so well to dominate the red devils in large facets of the game. This will indeed play in the back of Van Gaal’s mind as the United manager will look to avoid such further breaches. His side welcomes an erratic Newcastle United on Friday and it presents United with a chance to reduce City’s lead in the second spot.
These are indeed testing times for Newcastle United fans. From being nowhere in the table, the Magpies raced into the top 4 slot with a string of impressive performances including an all important 2-1 win over league leaders Chelsea. But it has since fallen downhill for Pardew’s side. They have managed to pick up just two wins in their last six games and are now rallying in the 9th position. Last week’s demoralizing 1-0 loss to rivals Sunderland will certainly dent their pride a whole lot more and a win against familiar foes Manchester United will do them a world of good.
Manchester United – WWWWD
Newcastle United – LDWLL
Key factors in the match:
United’s defense has been a constant problem for Van Gaal with injuries coming thick and fast. Smalling, Shaw and Rojo have all been in the injured list forcing United to look into the youth squad for replacements. It counts for good experience no doubt, but the lack of match awareness has caught them on more than one occasion. Hence Evans and Jones will be expected to hold fort.
Newcastle will bank on Cisse to deliver the goods. The Senegal striker has been in good form for the Magpies and he will look to poach on anything inside the 18 yard box to inflict damage on United.
Mirror UK – 3-2 to United
BBC – 2-0 to United
Where to Watch Live / Live Streaming Information:
The match can be watch in India on on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD2 . The match can also be watched via live streaming online by visiting StarSports.com.
Live coverage on TV in the UK will be on Sky Sports 1, while viewers can also live stream the action on Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports Online. Watch the game live in the US on NBC Sports, while the 90 minutes of action can also be accessed live online on NBC Sports Extra.
Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match on Bein Sports Arabia or via Live Streaming at Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport or SuperSport online. The match will be available on live streaming in Latin America on ESPN Play.