But it was with a sense of disbelief that we viewed the team selection. As soon as the names Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs scrolled across the screen, we knew there would be trouble.
It soon emerged that Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Daniel Welbeck were injured, which meant that ironically, the fans having demanded that chances be given to younger players, Scott Wootton and Ryan Tunnicliffe were added to the roster.
We've said it before and we'll say it again. United are going to murder a team some time soon, and league position won't protect them.
But first, they've got to sort out the defence, which, in United's case, is down to the entire team. Too often today, players like Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra jogged or stood as sharper Newcastle players passed them.
Still, if you're a neutral, why would you watch anyone else?
United league matches have produced 76 goals this season at an average of four per match. In the ones they have won, United alone have averaged three goals a match.
The trouble is that only seven teams have conceded more, and United simply cannot continue to allow midfield to be overrun.