For Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side, after failing to make a permanent signing during the January transfer window, the Magpies now find themselves sat in 16th spot and involved at the heart of a relegation battle.
Newcastle showed their defensive solidarity after going up and their debutant goalkeeper Dubravka was one of the standouts.
"I don't think he has been the same player since he did his hamstring earlier in the season". I like that feeling. Having conceded 36 goals to having found a mere 24, it would be a surprise if they are able to make a sizeable chink in United's attack. I like the Geordies.
'Benitez knows how to get points, so I think it is going to be hard'.
"There are so many awards: performance of the week, manager of the month, they should give the guy that behaves better on the touchline, and they should give the vote to the fourth official, and I am pretty sure I would win!"
Their Champions League duels will live long in the memory, but nowadays one manager is hoping to avoid losing any more distance on the league leaders as the other looks to avoid the drop amid background tension.
The result fired Newcastle to the top of the Premiership, three points clear of Liverpool in second.
Manchester United and Newcastle face off at St James' Park on Sunday with very different ambitions at opposite ends of the Premier League table. Kenedy is expected to play on the left and Matt Ritchie could make way for Christian Atsu on the right.
The visitors offered some late pressure but could not find a way past debutant goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, meaning their chances of catching City look nearly gone with 11 matches left to play. Considering the team's home form and the opposition's struggles, United should not have problems to escape with the three points in this one.
"We are in a world of opinions and people can get a little bit confused but between me and Paul there is no confusion".