Sun 12 May 2024, 18:59 · Ash Harrison

Newcastle receive huge European boost from the most unlikely source

Newcastle receive huge European boost from the most unlikely source
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To say that Newcastle United and Arsenal fans aren't the best of friends after this season would be putting it mildly.

The two fan bases clashed massively following Newcastle's win at St James' Park last year which came via a controversial goal from Anthony Gordon.

VAR took an age to award the goal checking for no less than three separate incidents before concluding that they couldn't 100% confirm anything untoward had taken place. Following the game Arsenal boss MIkel Arteta had a meltdown in the press conference and Arsenal fans on X haven't let the incident go to this day.

It's probably killing them today then that they just made Newcastle's quest for Europe that little bit easier by beating Manchester United.

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Fingers crossed this guy plays in defence on Wednesday, Old Calamity Casemiro

Avoiding defeat on Wednesday guarantees Newcastle finish above Man United for the first time in the Premier League

Arsenal's win keeps Man United three points behind Newcastle going into Wednesday's meeting between the two and if Newcastle avoid defeat in that fixture they are guaranteed to finish above Man United and will therefore likely get a European place.

Ideally, though, the Magpies need to win both remaining fixtures to stave off the late charge of Chelsea who are now on the same points as Newcastle.

Should Chelsea overtake us in the league and then Manchester United go on to win the FA Cup final over Man City, that could see Newcastle miss out on Europe.

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A win at Old Trafford would be amazing for many reasons

The last thing we want is for the season to finish and for us to still be waiting to know our European fate while our lads go on their Australian adventure between the final day of the Premier League season and the FA Cup final.

Given how Man United are playing lately, you'd back City to win at Wembley anyway, but we'd rather not have to take that chance, especially as you just never know with Man United.

A win on Wednesday night would be nothing short of delicious for many reasons, but winning at Old Trafford isn't something we are overly used to, but that just makes it all the sweeter when we do it.