McDermott – Good Time To Play Man United

Manchester United away in our first game next season followed by Arsenal away in our third game looked a bit daunting when we saw the new fixture list this morning.


Kevin Keegan – 2 tough away games early on

But as some of our readers have pointed out, Manchester United don’t always get a good start to the season.

We also do fairly well at the Emirates stadium, apart from last season, when we had two 3-0 defeats rather close together, just after Kevin had taken over as manager.

But we also have some good positive words from Terry McDermott, Keegan’s right-hand man today, when he talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:

“Obviously it’s always a difficult game when you go to Manchester United, and just as much at Arsenal.”

“But if there is a good time to play Manchester United at Old Trafford it’s the start of the season.”

“Don’t forget Reading went there last season and got a draw, and in their next two matches they also drew at Portsmouth and lost to Manchester City.”

“Let’s hope we can cash in by catching them early on like these teams did last season and when they are still celebrating winning the Premier League and Champions League.”

“And let’s also hope that Ronaldo, who scored five goals against us last season is not with them come August.”

“He is one of several Manchester United men in the Euro finals and they will not have a normal pre-season.”

“In addition, Manchester United will be traveling all over the world before we go there on August 16.”

“Kevin will make sure we prepare properly for our new season when, hopefully, we will also have some new signings.”

“And as far as Arsenal is concerned, for the first 45 minutes in the League Cup tie down there we were the better team.”

“It’s just that the first goal was always going to be important and, unfortunately for us, they got it.”

Well, we’re not sure all those requirements can be met Terry, but one thing you can be guaranteed with a Kevin Keegan team, they will go all out and try to win the game.

That’s probably the thing we like about Kevin the most, he truly believes his team can win anywhere, and that real confidence definitely siphons through to his players.

And that’s why last season, after he had sorted things out, we started to get some good away performances, including the magnificent display at Tottenham, when we tore them apart 4-1 and looked great.

We need more of those performances this coming season, and we’ll be up that league table, where we need to be, and where we belong.

We are due a good performance against the Red Devils, because last season they tore us apart twice, 6-0 at Old Trafford and then 5-1 at St. James’ Park.

We’re sure Kevin will remind his players of that, and hopefully we can get them ready to get some revenge.

But we’re not sure we can even field a team, right at the moment, with so many of our players having left the club.

But in two weeks the good stuff should start, and we’ll see new players arriving at the club.

Not many Premier League clubs have made acquisitions so far in this close season, with so much attention right now on the Euro 2008 Championship games, which are great to watch.

We’re confident we’ll get some good players through the door, and the departures have been players who are not really our major contributers in Ramage, Diatta, Troisi, Carr, Rozehnal and Emre.

Hopefully we will be seeing players of the caliber of Cuellar, Collocini, Turan, Shorey and Arshavin through the door in the coming weeks.

Even Rafael Ve Der Vaart, although it’s hard to believe the rumors linking him to us are true.

But wouldn’t that be something, if he did arrive on Tyneside.

Maybe we are dreaming again.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 16, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Really tough fixtures, just makes the first home game against Bolton massive.

  • Graham

    Jun 16, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes Ed, we’re dreaming. I reckon if VDV ends up in England it will be at Chelsea for about 18-20m

    I agree with you though that come pre season we’ll have a few new faces through the door and we may well be pleased with the names coming in.

    All you doom mongers be prepared to take it back in a few weeks…..

  • DMAG

    Jun 16, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Two months to the day we play Man Utd.
    What are peoples thoughts as to the the commings and goings and where is King Kev?

  • glenn hills

    Jun 16, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Keegan has only recently returned from his holidays. well start making signings soon i reckon and the players we have got rid of have been encouraging so far.

  • nomis_jade

    Jun 16, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    yeah, i agree, getting them early prob aint bad. It would be muh worse if we got them later when they are on a run or something. They will not have rhythm, their players may not be fully match fit and they will not know what to expect from us.
    However all those things could be said for us as well.
    Neway, cant w8!

  • Davy C

    Jun 16, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Terry Mac must have read my post earlier! LOL

    Be positive and bring them all on!!!

  • Leo

    Jun 16, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7


    terry mac showing his worth to justify being paid for nothing. well except making jokes.

  • micepie

    Jun 16, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m sure this will have been mentioned before on this site several times, but remember MA saying a few months ago after appointing KK that he doesn’t see much point buying a football club if you can’t have a lot of fun (combined with success), and that he wants to see us playing Chelsea off the park, holding our own against Man Utd etc?

    Personally, I really enjoy supporting the Toon regardless of whether we’re that successful or not, but that’s beside the point. Oh, okay I hate it when we get trounced by Man U, of course. But when you consider MA earlier statement then surely he must realize that his hopes can only bear fruit if he seriously invests in new players. The only other way is a longer-term Arsenal style plan or extremely shrewd buys. But I wonder if he’s about to surprise a few with some ambitious signings after the clear-out.

    Looking at it the flip-side up, why was KK “relieved” that Blackburn had dropped their interest in Faye if he wants to keep the player?
    Surely we should get to keep who we want, and I can’t see Faye asking to leave because he’s not that type of player. So are we obliged to MA to accept cash for players if it’s offered? It’s all a bit confusing at the club right now, but I’m still going to take the optimistic side that we’re secretly ready to build a much stronger squad within the next few months.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 16, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Glenn Hills – i agree.

  • Grant

    Jun 16, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Might as well get them out of the way at the beginning and then not have to worry about it the rest of the season.

  • DMAG

    Jun 16, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Im still confident we will sign players. I’m a wee bit usure of the quallity of the players and the capabilities of the recruitment team.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 16, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #12

    ‘we also do quite well at the emirates stadium apart from last season’. in all weve played 4 at emirates lost 3, drew 1, scored 1. conceeded 9. not really doin tht wel is it ed!


    Jun 16, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Well we do have to play them at some point and I would hope we go there with the belief we can beat them, bit pointless (not a pun) otherwise.

  • Newcastle United.

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Toons team for opening day fixture:

    Beye Cuellar Faye Enrique
    Arshavin VDV Turan

    Mixture of class, passion and fight.

    Man Uniteds?

    Ramos Rio Vidic Evre
    Ronaldo Carrick Anderson Nani
    Rooney Huntelaar.

    Tbh, The Mags team I mentioned isn’t much worse is it? Certianly just as attacking.

    Man United 1-2 Newcastle 😉

    All of a sudden Newcastle’s odds shorten for the league. Newcastle fans get excited and we get let down and our players are now shite. A day in the life of a Newcastle fan.

  • ziad

    Jun 16, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #15

    bring em on!!!! toon all the way . Cmon u lazy ash get the players in before its 2 late !

  • HeronMag

    Jun 17, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #16

    @ Newcastle United:

    That team looks awesome.

    God that would be a fantastic line up!

  • nightfall

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    we have conections with sevilla, so…why don’t we make an offer for s.ramos 🙂 i know that’s a sc-f, but he’s the best defender in the world..and one of the best defensive midfielders…if somehow we could get him, we wouldn’t need cuellar, dunne, veloso, emana,….

    i agree newcastle united…that line-up looks great…but butt is getting old so we’d need a replacement for him too…and as for gomez…i know he scored a lot of goals in bundesliga, but…wtf is he doing at euro 08?? he plays like….well…my mom… there’s no way he’s worth 20m+…


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