Nev and Carra say that Newcastle’s inclusion in the Champions League race and the suspension of Manchester United’s Casemiro could ultimately decide the title.
Newcastle’s late win over Nottingham Forest, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, has made it extremely difficult for Manchester United to finish in the top four.
A late penalty from Alexander Isak gave the Magpies a 2-1 win at the City Ground on Friday, giving him a brace and the three points for his team.
With this win, Newcastle is now only one point behind fourth-place Tottenham and three points behind third-place United, with a vastly superior goal difference.
After the international break, Eddie Howe’s squad will host the Red Devils at St. James’ Park in what promises to be a massive battle for a Champions League berth.
Carrager told Sky Sports, “That result pulls Manchester United into the pack, especially with Newcastle playing Manchester United next.” He thinks Erik ten Hag’s squad is in a fierce battle to make the playoffs.
Newcastle must learn to adapt. They will play in European competition and will be expected to advance in cup competitions.
I am most impressed by their running system. They were outmatched when Forest engaged them mano a mano.
Watching them is a joy for me. Spurs’ trip to United is a major factor for both Newcastle and Tottenham.
There seems to be a bit of unrest at both Liverpool and Tottenham, which is strange. Not sure if that’s available in Newcastle.
Even when they lose, they still put on a great show. I rarely do so, and when I do, I’m usually unimpressed. This respite could not have come at a worse time for them.
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It’s not guaranteed that they’ll still be around next year even if they’re successful this year. Next year, both Chelsea and Tottenham will be much more formidable.
United legend Gary Neville concurred, especially in light of the fact that key midfielder Casemiro has begun a four-match suspension for his red card against Southampton.
‘United will be without Casemiro in the next four matches, which will make a big difference, and Newcastle are now in a position where they can make a good push,’ he said.
Now is the time to peak, but you have to remember that you have a ways to go. No, Eddie Howe won’t let the last few days’ successes make him cocky, but he will feel more assured than before. Newcastle has an extremely challenging final stretch of the season.
This season has been a downer for many clubs, including Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, and others. To me, Newcastle’s measured transition from one manager to the next and from one group of players to another is impressive.
They’ve got some good people in there waiting to get dressed. They have a fantastic opportunity.
I can’t believe where they’ve gotten to this season. That they would be in the eighth grade surprised me. It appears that Eddie Howe and the team have finally turned a corner.
Currently, Isak is on a hot streak. The two of them place a high value on his presence. Callum Wilson will have a tough time making the team.