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Rupert Wyman 18th Apr 2011 - 14:06

It's a steal, it's a deal, get on Man Utd!

The dream of a treble may have died but Man Utd can still look at winning a double. They face a confident Schalke side in Europe and it is very likely that they will win a record 19th league title next month.

Man Utd may have lost to their city rivals Man City in the FA Cup at the weekend but they will be buoyed by the news of Liverpool's late equaliser that dented Arsenal's title chances. Newcastle are 4/1 to win at home, the draw is 5/2 and the Red Devils victory is 8/11.

The stats and current form point towards a Manchester United victory. They have won thirteen of their last sixteen matches at St James' Park since September 2001.  The Magpies are in a dire run of form and they will be looking over their shoulders.

They lost their last league game 1-0 to Aston Villa, a result that leaves them perilously close to the relegation zone.  They have won only two of their last twelve games in the league and Cup. The Man Utd/Man Utd half time/full time can be backed at 8/5 and after a Sir Alex hair-dryer treatment, expect a good performance.

Newcastle will be without the influential Nolan and they will have to rely on a strike force of Lovenkrands and Ameobi. If that is not enough to get you worried then the thought of the ex-Crystal Palace Finnish journey-man striker Kuqi should striker fear through Sir Alex's heart!

The 8/11 is cracking value, Man United should bounce back to form against a Newcastle side who are now without the attacking prowess of Nolan.  Manchester United are 11/10 to keep a clean sheet and they have one of the best and most experienced goalkeepers in the league with Edwin van der Sar.

I would back the 2-0 (7/1) and 3-0 (12/1) Man United score lines. Manchester United will be more potent in attack as they welcome Rooney back from suspension.  He is too short at 7/2 to bag the first goal and Nani looks a good bet to score the first at 7/1.

He will run at the Newcastle backline and he is not afraid to shoot from distance. It is 14/1 for Man United to score by a margin of four and more goals and it could be a one-sided goalfest at St James' Park.  The Red Devils can call upon the explosive but inconsistent Berbatov, Chicharito and Rooney.

Newcastle's best chance of a goal could come from Stephen Ireland. He has no future under Houllier at Aston Villa and he has only a few games left to salvage a future at his loan club. He has been pencilled in to make a debut against Man United and he has shown little since leaving Man City.

He is 14/1 to score first and make an immediate mark at Newcastle. He knows he needs to impress Pardew and the 11/2 for him to score anytime seems a reasonable price. He is the star man for the Toon Army and the goals must come from somewhere.

The Man United price for the away win (8/11) is a gift and it can only shorten, for Newcastle their attacking troubles will only continue!



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