BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Newcastle United will lose 2-0 to Manchester United.

Hardly a surprise – but sometimes a Lawro prediction is a good omen for us. Can we get anything at Old Trafford?

He told BBC Sport Online: “Another tough game for Newcastle after they were beaten at Manchester City last weekend and another test for Manchester United’s defence.

“After they were thrashed by Manchester City, Sir Alex Ferguson locked up the back four and they managed a run of clean sheets but the mistakes returned in the midweek draw with Benfica.

“Rio Ferdinand was poor again and David de Gea made a bad decision with his feet which is the first time we’ve seen that – he’s only made handling errors in the past.

“So that is a worry and I wonder if Ferguson is considering giving Anders Lindegaard a run in goal, who has looked a very solid keeper.

“But I expect Wayne Rooney to be fit to play and United to get the job done.

“Prediction: 2-0.”