Shaka Hislop believes Old Trafford factor will 'haunt' Newcastle United this weekend
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Shaka Hislop believes Old Trafford factor will 'haunt' Newcastle United this weekend

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop feels his old team will come up short against Manchester United this weekend. Newcastle travel to Old Trafford to take on the Red Devils on Sunday. 

The Magpies go into the game in fine form after 4-1 and 5-1 wins over Fulham and Brentford respectively in their previous two games. 

That form has Newcastle in sixth place, just one behind Erik ten Hag’s side. 

Speaking on ESPN FC the Trinidad and Tobago legend predicted a 1-0 win for the home side this weekend. It was a prediction that stood out as the other two guests on the show, Frank Leboeuf and Steve Nicol, both predict 2-1 Newcastle victories. 

Why does Shaka Hislop think Newcastle United will fall short at Old Trafford?

Neither have Newcastle affiliations, which left Hislop rather redfaced. However, Hislop, who spent three years on Tyneside, believes one key factor will prove his former team’s downfall. 

“I just think Manchester United are in good enough form, (Manchester) City game aside,” said Hislop.

“I feel they get the better of Newcastle … just. Newcastle never really perform well at Old Trafford either and I just feel that comes back to haunt them yet again.”

Nearly a decade since Newcastle United success at Old Trafford

The 53-year-old is right to point out that record at the Theatre of Dreams. Newcastle’s last league win at the ground came nearly a decade ago, Yohan Cabaye scoring the only goal in a 1-0. Prior to that, Newcastle had not won a league game at Old Trafford since 1972. Twice in nearly 50 years suggests Hislop is right to be wary. 

However, this is a Newcastle team in fine form and while Manchester United have bounced back after a tricky start to the campaign, much like in 2013, they are from vintage United.

If Newcastle’s in-form players can play to their potential then there is no doubt they could prove Hislop wrong with his prediction.

Bruno Guimaraes, Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson will no doubt back themselves agains this current United team. The thought of a poor track record at Old Trafford will likely dissipate from their brain the moment the game kicks off. 

Then, one of them will be hoping to be the hero who gives Newcastle a  rare Old Trafford success and leave a former club goalie delightfully incorrect.