Man Utd v Newcastle – 16 Aug 20:00
Even at the grand old age of sixty-eight and with eleven Premiership titles under his belt, Alex Ferguson’s hunger and desire for glory is unrelenting.
He and his Manchester United team will not want a repeat of last season where Chelsea won the major prizes, whilst they had to settle for the Carling Cup. They will want to get out of the starting blocks fast in the race for the title.
I fully expect that Wayne Rooney will bounce back from his recent criticism better than a bouncy ball on amphetamines and think he will feature on the score sheet on Monday.
Michael Owen is likely to start alongside Rooney, but there is a good chance that Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez could feature in the game at some point after the impressive impact he had in the second half of the Community Shield last weekend.
Newcastle have never beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford and I don’t think this statistic is about to change as I think that Chris Hughton’s Newcastle side will struggle to match Manchester and could end up getting beaten by a few goals.
Mr Lee’s Prediction: 3-0
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