The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that both Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini are major doubts for the match against Manchester United during the weekend. The Newcastle United manager has seen the captain Fabricio Coloccini play only three matches so far this campaign.

The Argentine defender has been one of the best players in recent seasons for Newcastle United. He was recently absent from the match against Reading during the weekend. The 2-2 draw with Reading helped Newcastle United stay in the top half of the table. After a scintillating into the last season, Newcastle have been finding it difficult to maintain the same kind of consistency.

They have managed just one victory in the last five matches, and they are currently ninth in the Premier league table with nine points on the board. Even though the difference between them and the phone to place the team in the division – Manchester city – is only three points, there has already been doubts raised about the squad strength at the club. It will be tested to the full extent when Newcastle take on Manchester United during the weekend. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will be coming on the back of the 3-2 defeat against Tottenham.

“We have been solid defensively and that was the first game we have been got at, mainly because of taking a centre-half off at that time. Going from right-back to centre-half is a difficult mode and he (Perch) just got caught out. He has been brilliant when he has played there, I have no worries about him. Colo isn’t far away. I think for Manchester United we’ll be sweating on Colo and Steven,” said Alan Pardew after the 2-2 draw with Reading. Demba Ba scored a last-minute goal to get a point for the club, although it appeared to be a handball.

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