So after Manchester United's rivals faltered AGAIN at the weekend with Arsenal blowing an 8th minute of added on time lead, due to a crazy challenge in the box which enabled Dirk Kuyt to score from the spot in a thrilling game at the Emirates.
United were involved in a pretty drab, by their standards, F.A cup semi final against their local rivals City at Wembley. They eventually lost and now are only looking to complete the double. Their chances of doing so will grow ten-fold tonight if they can dispatch a resilient Newcastle side at St James' Park.
United go into the game six points clear thanks to Liverpool's late late late equaliser, and if they can notch another win tonight the title is almost certainly theirs, although in my opinion it has been theirs for months now.
With the ever influential Wayne Rooney returning for the league leaders after two games out due to his rant at West Ham, twin that with the fact they lost Saturday to their local rivals, I can't see anything else but a huge backlash for Newcastle to defend against.
Newcastle though have steadied the ship since Alan Pardew was appointed as manager, they have enjoyed some pretty decent form going into this game and won't fear the Red Devils, as they have managed to score a few goals of late despite the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool this January.
United have no shortage of goal-scoring outlets as they look to close in on their record breaking 19th title, one that which will see them overtake the Liverpool club in that tally. Although this season's title will maybe give Sir Alex Ferguson his biggest satisfaction, his team is not the type of team he has built over past seasons but they still have the knack of getting results without playing to well, which they haven't done at all this season, by their own high standards.
Saying that Ferguson's team are starting to hit form, eerily at the right time as they do so often late in the season, a reason they have won so many trophies, they simply never give up and always seem to do JUST enough.
Tonight I see the game being fairly tight, until United score, and as famously said, they ALWAYS score. With Rooney returning and no doubt desperate to prove a point, add that to the fact he was missing for the cup exit, I'm sure he'll have a lot to say in the game this evening. The team as a whole will be looking for a win to exert their frustrations of being knocked out the elite domestic competition, and no-one would bet against them getting it tonight to confirm their intentions of breaking Liverpool's record, which of course will bring great joy to anyone connected with Manchester United, none more so than Sir Alex himself.
Once United score, I can see Newcastle struggling to keep it to one, they will have to attack, even if it is just a little bit, this will inevitably play into the hands of United and in turn they will get more chances as the game opens up. So I predict a 1-3, United to ease past Newcastle and if they do win, I think it confirms them as Champions......