With defeat to their bitter rivals in the cup leaving Manchester United’s treble dream in tatters, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will be hoping to rebuild with victory over Newcastle tomorrow night (April 19th).
It is unlikely that the Red Devils will dwell on what might have been for too long, with a record 19th league title still very much within reach.
The weekend’s defeat to Manchester City means that Ferguson will have to wait a while longer to imitate the feat of the class of 1999, but rival results at the weekend are sure to have done a bit to lift the 69-year-old’s mood.
Liverpool’s late equaliser against second-placed Arsenal may have left Arsene Wenger furious, but it means that United head into this fixture with the opportunity to pull nine points clear at the top of the league.
Newcastle sit just six points clear of the relegation zone with five games to go and Alan Pardew’s side will be hungry for another win having only recorded two in their last 12 league and cup games.
With Wayne Rooney seemingly finding form at the right time, United are odds on to bounce back from their FA Cup defeat with victory. A £10 bet on them to take the spoils returns £16.50.
Punters looking for larger returns on the match could back The Magpies at longer odds of 4/1, with even Ferguson tentative about his side’s prospects.
“Going to Newcastle is the most important game we have coming up because the league is still our first priority,” he said.
“Tuesday is absolutely crucial for us and I think everybody knows when you go to Newcastle you have to deal with the atmosphere up there.”
Indeed, Newcastle’s last home game saw them run rampant with a 4-1 thrashing of Wolves, although top scorer Kevin Nolan will miss out as he completes a two-match ban.
Stephen Ireland is due to start his first match for the Magpies since moving on loan from Aston Villa and bwin is currently offering odds of 14/1 on him opening the scoring.
United have been rampant in front of goal in comparison. Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez have all reached double figures for league goals so far this term and Ferguson seems spoilt for choice when it comes to picking his starting forward line.
Rooney will surely be looking to prove a point on his return following a two-match ban and can currently be backed at 7/2 to get the Old Trafford boys off to a good start, meaning a £10 bet would return £45 if he breaks the deadlock.
Mexican Hernandez has been a consistent performer for the Red Devils, finding the back of the net 18 times so far this season.
The pacey 22-year-old can be backed at 11/10 to score at any time during the match.
A £10 bet on Chicharito to notch his 19th of the season against Newcastle would return £21. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.