There are two ways of looking at this. There's the "knee jerk reactionary" view and then there's the "wake up and smell the coffee" view.
Let's knee jerk first. Newcastle United were better against Chelsea last weekend. Much, much better. The attitude and application was spot on. The tactics worked, up to a point, and certain individuals were much improved. Meanwhile cracks have appeared at Manchester City. They started the season imperiously, but they've stuttered in recent weeks. The absence of their favoured central defensive duo, Vincent Kompany and Eliquim Mangala, has been a major factor. They'll still be missing tomorrow. So why can't Newcastle make hay in Manchester ? Why can't Mitrovic and Perez run riot ? Well, no reason really. If your black and white glass is half full then head to the North West full of optimism.
Unless you choose to take the "wake up and smell the coffee" view. Newcastle WERE better last weekend. But they didn't close out the win. They've yet to win a league game this season. Manchester City HAVE stuttered recently. But they'll still probably line up with a front three of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne, which is capable of ripping defences to shreds. Basically, they're still Manchester City and they still start as favourites to win this match.
But whether you're a knee jerker or a coffee smeller, this suddenly doesn't seem as clear cut as it did a few weeks ago.
- Watch Newcastle United Head Coach Steve McClaren give his thoughts ahead of the trip to Manchester City
Tributes have been paid to a football fan who died after being hit by a car on his way to Old Trafford for Sunderland's away match in Manchester.
Arthur Eade, 68, from Sunderland, was walking towards the football stadium with his son and grandson to attend the game later that day.
As Mr Eade crossed Europa Way, near to Wharfside Way, there was a collision with a Nissan Qashqai. He was taken to hospital suffering with serious head injuries and died overnight.
The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries, Greater Manchester Police have said.
His family have said Mr Eade lived in Sunderland and was a passionate Manchester United fan.
Arthur was born and brought up in Sunderland where he had recently retired from his lifelong career as an HGV driver which took him all over the country.
Arthur had travelled down to Manchester with his son and grandson to watch the Manchester United versus Sunderland match as football was one of his passions and he was eagerly looking forward to the game.
Arthur was very much a family man and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, father in law, son in-law and brother-in-law.
His family also said that Mr Eade had a great sense of humour with a huge repertoire of jokes. They say he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
A 15-year-old boy who was missing from York has been found safe and well, North Yorkshire Police said.
North Yorkshire Police have extended the search for missing York teenager Darren Patrick Boyd to the Manchester area.
The 15-year-old was last seen at his home in the Boroughbridge Road area of York at 8pm on Wednesday, 28 January.
Although it is believed Darren has not come to harm and left home by his own choice, his family and police remain concerned for his wellbeing.
Extensive police enquires are ongoing in both North Yorkshire and with assistance from Greater Manchester Police to confirm he is safe and well.
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Police have released CCTV images of two men, after watches and jewellery worth £30,000 were stolen from a Post Office van.
The van was parked on Grey Street in the centre of Newcastle, when watches and jewellery were taken.
Northumbria Police said enquiries were ongoing and they want to hear from anyone who recognises the two men pictured, who were in the area at the time, but may be from Manchester or Liverpool.
Anyone with information should contact 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 873 24/03/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The police watchdog is investigating the conduct of officers over the disappearance of a mother-of-three, originally from Teesside.
Rania Alayed, 25, had lived in Norton near Stockton, but moved to Manchester in January. She was reported missing last month.
Her body has not been found but her husband and brother-in-law have been charged with murder.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is examining how the Greater Manchester force handled information passed on by Cleveland Police.
A County Durham conman convicted of the cold-blooded murder of his parents has been jailed for life.
Stephen Seddon will serve at least 40 years in jail before being considered for parole.
The judge told Seddon he had been driven by greed and "had effectively executed" his parents to collect his inheritance.
During sentencing, Seddon shook his head and shouted "I am an innocent man".
Watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.
A County Durham man, who was found guilty of killing his parents, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Stephen Seddon shot his mother and father on the 4th of July last year so that he would inherit almost a quarter of a million pounds.
The 46-year-old from Seaham has been jailed for a minimum of 40 years at Manchester Crown Court.
The past nine months have been a very sad and emotional time for our family. The shock of having both Pat and Bob taken from us in such horrifying and tragic circumstances has left us feeling numb.
Pat and Bob were a kind, loving and selfless couple who will be missed by their family and friends and especially their grandson Daniel, whom they cared for with great love and affection.
The family would like to take this opportunity to thank Greater Manchester Police for their dedication and effort in the case, also the legal team for their hard work and expertise.
We would like to now be left in peace to mourn the deaths of Pat and Bob and be allowed to remember them as the loving couple that they were.