Jose Enrique talked about the Aston Villa game yesterday, but of course mentioned nothing about whether he will be leaving Newcastle in the summer.
Jose Enrique – in action yesterday at Villa Park
Jose believes that one more win and the 3 points that brings, will be enough for Newcastle to reach safety in the Premier League this season with 42 points.
Jose was in his first game back after missing some games with his hamstring problems, and he looked a little rusty, especially in the first half, but we suppose that’s only to be expected.
This is what the Spanish U21 International said after the game:
“I think we need one more win and we will stay up,” “The next game is against Manchester United and they’re a very good team.”
“It will be difficult to beat them but we have to have the attitude that anything can happen.” “They have two games next week so we will have a longer rest. That’s good for us, so we’ll try and beat them.”
“I’m happy to have played, because it was hard to have to sit out of the Wolves game, especially with that coming two weeks after the Stoke match. So it felt like a long time and I’m grateful to the physios for working hard with me to come back.”
“But of course, it was disappointing that the team lost today. It is never good to lose and now we have to think about the next game.” “I think the game changed when they scored a goal. They scored at a good time for them. But we still had chances. Peter Lovenkrands)had two, Nile Ranger had one too.
“We had opportunities and when you have opportunities you have to take them.”
Manchester United are in the business end of the season, and not surprisingly have put together a number of wins recently – they have own their last 6 games.
And they will face Chelsea on Tuesday night, in the quarter-finals of the European Champions League, before meeting Manchester City next Saturday in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
So a treble is still on the cards for the Red Devils this season, to match what they accomplished back in 1999, and they will have had two tough games before they meet Newcastle a week tomorrow night.
With Newcastle not being anywhere near as successful, our next game is against United, so whether that will be an advantage, we don’t know.
It should be, but if Newcastle play anything like they did yesterday, the team will be easy pickings for a very professional Manchester United side.
Newcastle don’t have many games each season these days, with not being in Europe and not having done much at all in the two cup competitions this season.
On the other hand teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham have played around 12 games in Europe this season alone.
The schedule of games for teams like Chelsea and Manchester United is crippling but we don’t hear them complaining too much about playing two games almost every week, and important games too, as the season comes to an end.
That’s what you get when you are a very successful side, that’s just the way it is – it’s called being successful
And Newcastle’s squad cannot even handle around 42 games in a season, never mind the number of games the big clubs have to play each season.
As a comparison Newcastle have far played only 36 games in the League and Cups, and Manchester United have played 49 games so far this season.
If Manchester United are not at their best and Newcastle can find some inspiration from somehow, it’s not impossible the lads could pick up a point next Tuesday night.