Harper hoping to gain edge of Red Devils

12 April 2011 02:00
Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper is hoping Manchester United's bid for another Treble will take its toll when they arrive at St James' Park. The Barclays Premier League leaders are due on Tyneside next Tuesday evening, but will arrive in the wake of Tuesday`s Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with Chelsea and their FA Cup semi-final showdown with derby rivals Manchester City at the weekend. Harper knows just how tough a game the Magpies can expect, but is keeping his fingers crossed United's exertions over the next week could prove to their benefit. The 36-year-old told The Journal: "We have to hope the Champions League game and FA Cup semi-final take a bit out of them. "They are flying in the league and it will be a very tough game for us, but they have a big week coming up and hopefully they will have two very tough games. "We will have 52,000 roaring us on, and if we can get a couple of first-choice bodies back, we will certainly have a chance."

Source: PA