Steve Bruce has taken his pre-Manchester United press conference.
The NUFC head coach meeting journalists early Friday morning before training.
Only the eighth Premier League game of the season but it is looking a massive match for the two clubs currently filling 19th and 10th places.
As usual, injuries and fitness dominated much of the talk.
Allan Saint-Maximin and Jetro Willems are available to start if selected.
Whilst Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle are under consideration for the bench.
Isaac Hayden is missing through suspension but the only two players definitely missing through injury are Matt Ritchie and Florian Lejeune.
As for Steve Bruce, he claims ‘Mud has been thrown my way since I walked through the door’, which is true up to a point BUT most of that ‘Mud’ was primarily aimed at Mike Ashley for getting rid of Rafa Benitez and replacing him with somebody who should never have been remotely considered.
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce is showing severe signs of Pardew/Carver/McClaren when claiming: ‘But there’s no dispute out of the seven or eight games we have played we have (only) been disappointing twice.’
It is a while since I went to school but against Leicester, Norwich, Watford and Brighton, Newcastle were not just ‘disappointing’, they were shocking. Whilst in terms of good performances, there is only the Spurs one, Newcastle losing the other three.
Steve Bruce talking at his pre-Manchester United press conference:
“Mud has been thrown my way since I walked through the door but I am determined to turn it around.
“That has been my remit since I walked through this door.
“As I say, if you get beat you have to respond and we now have a wonderful opportunity against Man United.
“But there’s no dispute out of the seven or eight games we have played we have (only) been disappointing twice.
“I wish him (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) the best of luck. He’s got a hard job ahead of him, but he’s been given a wonderful opportunity.
“To come up against them (Man Utd) is always a special occasion, a big occasion – and we’ll make sure we’re ready for it.
“We’re going to have to be at our best – a lot better than we were last week, that’s for sure – and show a response.
“When you get beaten as badly as we did, you know what’s coming. The one thing you have to do is respond and look forward to the next game to erase it.
“When you get beaten in a certain manner, you have a good right to be angry. The most important thing is how you react to it and how you respond to it.
“Matty Longstaff has been in with a chance since I walked through the door. He comes into the equation.”