Alex Ferguson Offers Newcastle Words Of Encouragement


After his side hammered Newcastle 3-0 last night at Old Trafford, and looked a million miles better in class than the visitors, Sir Alex Ferguson this morning gave some praise to the Newcastle side.

Alex Ferguson – Newcastle were difficult to break down

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Newcastle were difficult to break down – well at least in those first 30 minutes, and the Red Devils legend offered Newcastle fans some encouragement in the upcoming relegation battle, which seems almost certain to loom yet again.

This is what Alex said this morning:

“They went up last season because they were determined, had a good work ethic and worked their socks off so we knew they would make it difficult for us,”“We saw that last night.”

“They were difficult to break down.” And he professed himself impressed with the impact of Carroll on his return to the top flight after 16 months. “That boy Carroll can leap some. He’s got incredible aerial ability,”

Carroll played his heart out last night, and could have scored the first goal after just 10 minutes,  when he got clear from a Barton corner and powered a header towards goal, but it was about six feet wide of the target.

And let’s not judge this lad as he is now – because he will only get better this season with PL games – and he’s certainly blessed with the skills it takes to be another great number 9 for the Newcastle club.

Carroll’s display was one positive that came out of the game last night.

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34 comments so far

  • Matt

    Aug 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    There were many positives to take from last night.

    We need to improve but in all honesty so do Man U. They didn’t absolutely take us apart. We were hard to break down and relatively disciplined. That also wasn’t our first team line up. You get Taylor, Simpson and Gosling in that line up probably in place of Williamson, Perch and Smith and it looks like a pretty decent starting 11, with the possible addition of Ben Arfa too.

    I’m not too disheartened at all. We didn’t just sit back, we took the fight to them and lost. It’s better than sitting back and praying for a 0-0.

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  • Muzza

    Aug 17, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    One game in and already we’re talking about a relegation battle? I think we’re being a little premature here about what the season is going to hold for us.

    Anyone who expected anything from last nights game was on another planet. All that claptrap in the Chronicle from Barton and Nolan about going down to Trafford to get something; massive clubs go down there all the time and come away with nowt and we had no chance really. This is the team that thrashed Chelsea not too long ago so don’t get too disheartened.

    Couple of clever buys in the next week and I think we’ll be safe.

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  • Stuart

    Aug 17, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    If everyone was fit and we got a few new players my team would be something like this.

    Krul
    Simpson, Tayler, Collo, Bull
    Routledge, Ben Arfa, Fer, Mc lover, Jonas
    Carroll.

    Ben arfa and mc lover playing off carroll, Fer as a holding midfielder. I reckon Carroll would score a lot more and Fer would do a much better job than Smudger who was god awful as usual last night.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    If we signed the players everyone is mentioning:-

    ————————–krul

    s.taylor———collocini——-campbell—enrique

    routledge——-barton———fer———-jonas

    ——————-ben arfa
    ——————————–carroll

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  • Davies

    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d go with that starting 11 geordielad. Guthrie, Vuckic, Ranger, Lovenkrands, Perch, Willo and Harper on the bench. All bases covered. Nice.

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  • BillBurch

    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    I didn’t see the match but other bloggers say that Smiffy played OK. I expected defeat to be honest but what hurts most is comments such as “easy win”, “comfortable win” and “brushed aside” etc! We lack class! I don’t want a return to the over-paid, over-hyped “stars” but some genuine PL standard players would be good and not only young players!

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  • Davies

    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    @4/5 – Notice that Smith and Nolan don’t make the bench in that line up either.

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  • simsanator

    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    —————harper
    new right back—-taylor– campbell – the bull
    jonas—-barton—-fer/smith——ben arfa
    mcloven
    carroll

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  • simsanator

    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone think a cheeky 1 mill bid for habib beye would be out of the question?

    love to see this lad back.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #10

    yeah davies i would have sold both nolan and smith at the end of the season, if we could get someone to buy them, and got players who can run box to box at more than snail pace, but we dont have the funds, so have to stick with what we have, and build slowly

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #11

    simsantor, a few villa fans i know said he is finished, watched him in reserves etc, he is so slow now apparently, why not luke young?

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  • veloso in toon

    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    any news on transfers? craigcoozey are ye oot there?

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Jean-Claude Dassier has expressed his desire for striker Hatem Ben Arfa to stay at the club this season.

    The French international has been strongly linked with a move away from OM to English side Newcastle – and has also declared he does not want to be coached by Didier Deschamps – but Dassier says he will remain.

    “Hatem will remain at the club. We will not loan him out when [Mamadou] Niang leaves [for Fenerbahce],” the president declared to Goal.com France. “We will not be creating problems for the sake of creating problems.

    “I do not have to sell him off. If Newcastle are unable to buy him, that is their problem.

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  • liamdee100

    Aug 17, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #14

    geordielad880 – that statement has been out since last week, a lot has happened since then e.g. Deshamps saying that the player isnt wanted and ben arfa going on strike. As for the match last night doesnt anybody remember that this is the team that put three past chelsea in the community shield, i dont hear any chelsea fans saying they are going to be relagated. dont jump the gun after one game theres stull plenty of time left.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 17, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Let’s not get to downhearted Man U thumped Chelsea at the CS & look what they did to WBA. We do need a creative nidfielder & a goalscorer to help out Carroll (who reminds me of Wyn Davies the way he plays). We’ll be okay 46 points an a 16th place is my prediction.

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  • AlanSmith.

    Aug 17, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Lets face it we didnt expect to get anything out of last nights game did we. i thought we actually did quite well. last nights performance showed fight and determination, the lads never gave up and fighted til the end. in the end the quality showed through. the quality man united had out last night we will only come up againts against the top4/5 teams. i saw plenty from last nights performance to say we will stay up. and given the signings of ben arfa/ a striker and a Winger.

    Reading some of the doom mongers comments on threads last night that were obviously expecting a 10 -0 newcastle win. i can see why other teams fans call us delusional..!! it wasnt going to happen and i think we did bloody brilliantly to keep it under 5! we’ve got to remember james perch and mike williamson were making their premier league debuts against man u.. theres no tougher game than that. and apart from a couple of minor mistakes which we can put down to nerves! they played very welll. williamson had rooney in his back pocket all day and smith/barton/nolan gave there all and threw their bodies on the line to keep man u out..

    after ben arfa we desperatly need a winger. for all intents and purposes jonas cannot cross a ball at all. how many times did we see him get past a player or 2 only to cross it straight to the keeper or out for a throw the other side. routledge’s pace worried uniteds defence once or twice but there was no-one really up top. carroll gave his all but he needs another striker playing off him. all he did last night was win the headers, flick it on, then regain his balance and chase it. why not stick ranger on he’s got pace

    we do need to strengthen but the basis of a good squad is there. at least this year we have pace in our team, instead of looking like a team of oap’s going to get their pension money last time we were in the premier league.

    targets for chris hughton to get:

    Hatem Ben Arfa
    Vlademir Weiss / David Bentley. [Loan Maybe?]
    Robbie Keane

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 17, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #17

    geordielad880 you are a real miserable b*st*rd you are a half-empty guy. If we listened to you we would all give up & commit suicide.

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  • liamdee100

    Aug 17, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #18

    we were beaten by a better team and man u are a team who on there day can beat anybody, as are newcastle and with one or two new faces off the same quality as ben arfa then we will be looking at a mid-table finish

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  • AlanSmith.

    Aug 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Geordiedoonsouth.. here here.. all he’s done this last week is spread his depressing views, which of course he’s entitled to but its not going to help you, us or newcastle united. yes we all think the worst ssometimes but youve got to keep positive. cheer up a bit there were plenty os positives to see last night. with a fully fit squad and a few more signings we’ll be a good premiership side!

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  • YANICK MALTA NUFC

    Aug 17, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Ben Arfa could be a Newcastle player after his interview when he said that he will not play again for OM and seems that he already had a conversation with the NUFC staff ………….

    LETS HOPE WE SIGN THIS GUY ALONG WITH 2 OTHER POTETIAL SIGNINGS

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 17, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah, i heard Beye was after a new club and we need a defender!

    He was an immense player for us when he was here.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #22

    there were rumours last week that Weiss and Bentley may be moving.

    Think Hughes wants Bentley at Fulham.

    Cant remember who wanted Weiss.

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  • EllaGuru

    Aug 17, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #23

    All of this doom and gloom from a select few is really riling me. A few obvious (in my eyes at least) points to make
    1. Chris Hughton is a shrewd character, who after last years performance has to be given to time to show his worth in the PL. We all said that there would be tough times this season. Lets not get on his back now after losing 1 game, and not having signed a super star to coo over
    2. Did we really kid ourselves in thinking we would come away with anything from last night? Most important thing was that we had some desire and also tried to play some football. These 2 things will stand us in good stead.
    3. We ARE in a relegation fight, no matter how much we want to deny it. We have to pinpoint the winnable games and make bloody sure that we show up for them (think Wolves and Mick McCarthy last season although on a lesser scale)
    4. The fans of this club are simultaneously one of the best and worst things about the club. Lets just stop the doom and gloom, get braced for a tough season and get behind the board, manager and players (yeah, that even means the fat controller!)

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #24

    geordiedoonsouth its called been realistic, if you dont have anything to prove my comments wrong, just keep your worthless comments to yourself, or maybe throw yourself off a bridge 🙂

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #25

    chris hughton is a shrewd charecter, cant say that about someone who has brough simpson, best and perch and routledge to the club, he is a woeful judge of a player, might sound harsh, but its true

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  • EllaGuru

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #26

    With the exception of Best (still up for debate on that one), none of those signings have actually been a failure. World beaters they are not, but neither is it scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #27

    yeah i agree none have been a failure, but that is how sunderland got relegated by buying players from the championship, we should of got proven prem players, i would even prefer players like lloyd samuel that someone like a perch, least they have experience, its so valuable

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  • EllaGuru

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #28

    If I remember rightly, Sunderland bought about 11 or 12 distinctly average players and built a team around them. Hardly the same thing as what Newcastle are doing now. I think we are more shoring up the gaps as opposed to replacing the whole squad with dross.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #29

    ellaguru its not really, we already had 5-6 average players before we added to them, im sorry but nolan, smith etc are just not upto it anymore, be honest here, would you rather we signed players like routledge, simpson, perch or players like:- luke young, onouha, seb larrsen, stephen hunt, sidwell, etc etc, i know which players i would rather have

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  • EllaGuru

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Naming hypothetical potential signings is quite frankly a waste of time. Lets add Stephen Ireland, Robbie Keane or Craig Bellamy to that list while we are at it!
    Its tough knowing nothing, but its what I have come to expect from this club in the last few years. Just have to get on with it and hope….

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #31

    yeah they arent hypothetical really though, they are unrealistic, they are the players we would have signed in the past, under fat freddie, we would have gone for bentley, ireland, bellamy etc, but financially we cant sustain that anymore, we need to build up to that, and get our finances balanced again, i think luke young, sidwell type players are realistic, and maybe available on loan, even reo coker would improve our squad

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  • Symo22

    Aug 17, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Did anyone see Routledge pass the ball to another newcastle players last night ?? i didnt 0% pass rate is there nyway i can find out what it actually was?? thanks

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  • Abhik

    Aug 17, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #33

    1. Why Guthrie was not used ??
    2. When 2 goalkeepers like Tim Krul & Fraser Forster is in your team why u r still using Harper ??
    He lost all his reflexes…Look man city…..They benched experienced Given & using young Hart…Krul was so good in pre-season matches…To me Harper is history now….

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 17, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #34

    abhik guthrie was injured, and harper played cos of his experience

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