Chris Hughton has done his homework for the upcoming game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night.
Chris Hughton – will have lads well prepared for Red Devils
Chris has admitted he was at the Community Shield game last Sunday at Wembley – where the Red Devils took on the Champions Chelsea, and that was in preparation for the Newcastle encounter on Monday night:
“I was at the Community Shield, but it just re-iterates everything you know about Manchester United.”
“The bench they had was incredibly strong.” “They’re a very strong outfit and, as I say, you only have to look at the bench to see that.”
“It shows what they are and, along with Chelsea, they’re one of the strongest teams in the country at the moment.”
In their last game against Manchester United on 4th March, 2009, the lads went down 2-1 at St. James’ Park, but not before going ahead in that game with a goal from Peter Lovenkrands, following a rare Edwin van der Sar error.
Newcastle were absolutely scintillating in the first 30 minutes of that game, and played as though their lives depended on it, but they just couldn’t keep it up.
And the last time we played at Old Trafford we got a very creditable 1-1 draw in August of 2008, after again going ahead in the first half of that game, and of course the great Kevin Keegan was then the Newcastle United manager.
Hughton assisted Kevin Keegan in that particular game, in which Jonas Gutierrez was the choice of the Newcastle players, on his debut for the Newcastle club.
“I was on the bench two years ago. What you can take from that is that any team is capable of going to Old Trafford on the opening day of the season and getting something.”
“It should be no different now. What you are relying on is Man United not having the best of days and us playing well.”
“You’ll have to have a clear few elements going in our favour to get something.”
That’s what we need to see – a Newcastle side willing to fight for everything, and a Manchester United side a little off color on the night, and then we could even get something out of the game, which would constitute a terrific start to the season for the Newcastle club.