Toss Up Who Needs Points Most on Saturday

There doesn’t seem to be much new news today on Newcastle United, other than everybody is looking forward to the game against Manchester United on Saturday.


Wes Brown – at St. James’ Park on Saturday

It’s a toss up as to which team needs the points more on Saturday – Newcastle to help us keep above the relegation zone, or Manchester United, who are now a sizable 5 points behind leaders Arsenal.

It may not be good news for the Tyne-side club that Manchester need the points badly. Not just that, but the Red Devils took Arsenal apart last weekend, being 3 goals up after just 38 minutes. with a tremendous display of attacking football. Also some fringe players, if you can call them that, like Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher both having excellent games.

And of course Wayne Rooney had a great game and could be a handful for Newcastle come Saturday. Wayne usually plays well against us, and has scored some cracking goals in the past. Newcastle fans will also get a look at Wes Brown, who has been the regular right back with Gary Neville being out injured this season.

And it may be the regular football that has caused Wes to have second thoughts on signing a new Manchester United contract. His contract runs out in June and he shows no sign of accepting the terms of the contract the club offered him. He’s said to be disappointed at Manchester’s final contract offer.

Wes said today:

“This season the captain has been out of action, and I have filled in,” “It is good to be playing week in, week out. You get into a routine, know what you are doing and know your position.”

Doesn’t look like he can be assured of his place at right back next season even if he stays, and Neville doesn’t come back from his chronic injury. The strong rumors are that United have been looking for a right back replacement for Neville, so Brown may remain their utility defender.

He again he could sign an improved contract at Newcastle, but he wouldn’t be able to have European football, although he’d get regular games on Tyne-side.

We hope Wes comes to Newcastle and the move is announced very early in the summer. He’s a good price too at £0.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Feb 20, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    we both need the points for diffrent reasons. i am normally optimistic about playing man u at home and I normally look forward to it. Not this time though.

  • Kash2

    Feb 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Wes Brown will most likely move on as Man Utd have been looking for an Evra type for RB for a while now. There are some quality RB’s on the continent and I fully expect Utd to sign one. Plus Neville will be back for next season, so Browns chances are limited thats why Utd aren’t giving him a bumper package, so they only protect themselves from him leaving for free.

    Whether he signs for us remains to be seen, but one Utd player I fully expect to sign is Carrick. There’s no better signing for Newcastle, than a geordie boy who loves the club slotting into the spine of the team!!!!

    People can say what they want about these 2, claiming they’re not good enough. But they’re England players with lots of caps. If they’re good enought o play for England and Man Utd, then they would get into many top EPL teams!

    Both would be good signings!!!

  • Kash2

    Feb 20, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Oooh, and another player I like the look of is Javi Martinez of Bilbao. Looks like he has the power and pace to fit into the EPL!!!!!

  • Leo*

    Feb 20, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    i bet within a day or two there will be another link to newcastle and andrei arshavin. just have a funny feeling.

    we need the points more than they do, they want them, but not nessessarily need them!

  • Eric

    Feb 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    I would like to see Carrick at Newcastle. Is his heart with Newcastle and our team or is his heart with Newcastle and his employers Manky U? As a Geordie lad does he want to play for his home town club? Saturday? I will be watching surrounded by Manky U fans – and I will wear my stripes with pride even if we do get slaughtered. Just hope the XI on the pitch do too.

  • Kash2

    Feb 20, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    We can only hope Pal!!!!!!

  • Kein

    Feb 20, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m not waiting for the match..I’m afraid of it!

  • Graeme

    Feb 20, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Kash2 good post @2. They would both be good buys for us.

    All we have to do is wait and see what happens when the season ends and we avoid relegation.

    What sort of statement is MA going to make with the players he brings in?? He has “his man” in place, his back up staff in place, his scouts in place.

    Just needs to deliver the players now!!!! Interesting times ahead.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Wes Brown my god he is so shit in the centre of defence and allright at rb.

  • Toon Al

    Feb 20, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    keegan will want to sign english players as a priority in the summer, i think his ideal midfeild would be something along the lines of

    Bently Carrick Butt Downing

    which isnt too bad, bently and downing are the type of players who love to attack defences and can whip balls in. wouldnt be suprised if keegan went for bridge n brown too, maybe ashton

  • Dragoner

    Feb 20, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    if keegan can only sign english it just shows he hasnt got a clue about the transfer market…which i think anyway

    i hope nani is playing, that way smith or barton can injure the cocky prick

  • Spitfire

    Feb 20, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

    There’s no toss up. We need them more than them. Our future status is at stake , theirs is not. However that is not to say we will get the points – we are unlikely to in reality. Our ‘massive’ games were and are against teams like Wigan Derby Reading Birmingham. That’s where we should be harvesting significant points and thats where we have gone badly wrong. In a season we might get some random points from the top four but we depend on luck or fluke. We should get some points from our ‘peer group’ – Spurs , Man City Everton Aston Villa etc , but they will take them from us too and broadly they will balance out across the season. The teams that make progress are those that show no mercy to the bottom layer. So forget about taking points from Man U etc , concentrate all efforts and resources on stuffing the small teams at least for the rest of this season and keep us in the Prem


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