Big, absolutely massive let off for United last week as Sunderland managed a last gasp draw against City. Now our noisy neighbors are three points ahead having played a game more. Now's our chance to match their win against Liverpool last night.

The 411
We make a trip to the north-east to take on Newcastle at St. James' Park. Like I mentioned earlier, a win here would put us tied for first. Here's hoping that we can kick on from that Blackburn loss and set the record straight again.

Enemy Form
Newcastle are definitely the surprise team of the season, currently sitting 6th in the league and putting pressure on the teams above them for a spot in Europe. Their last game was a loss to Liverpool, so they'll be looking to pick themselves up as well.

Players to Look Out For
Sometimes I have to think a bit before naming an important player for the opposition, but this time it's Demba Ba, hands down. What a season he's having. 14 goals to his name and it looks like there's more to come. It really is a shame he's off to the African Cup of Nations with Senegal later on this month. He'd be useful against City and the likes. Either way, he's a big guy who's strong in the air and on the ground. Big job for the defense tonight.

Anderson got his first game in a while against Blackburn and in my opinion, put some life into the game for us. Brought that sense of urgency that was missing prior to his introduction. Hopefully he'll be able to step it up a level and show us his class against Newcastle.

On the Home Front
Rooney, Giggs, and Rio are returning for us tonight and have been sorely missed. Other than that, the injury situation is still where it was before. With guys like Cleverley out indefinitely.

TSR's Thoughts

  • Lots of people are calling for de Gea's head after his gaffe against Blackburn. Donno if they'll get their wish.
  • Will we finally see two proper defenders in front of the keeper?
  • Will Berba retain his spot in the team after 5 goals in two games?