We’ll Try To Beat Manchester United – Yeah Right

Alan Pardew is very positive  manager, there’s little doubt about that.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either, but Newcastle are on a tepid run of form and results at the moment, with just one win out in their four league games, and Newcastle have just a measly 3 points to show from those games too.

Manchester United will be huge favorites to claim all three points next Tuesday night, especially with anybody who witnessed Newcastle’s last performance at Aston Villa on Sunday, which was just hopeless, and that’s the inconvenient truth.

However, Alan Pardew was positive as he told the local Newcastle press corps today:

“We want to finish the season as strongly as we can,”  “There’s a bit of breathing space between ourselves and the bottom.”

“We’ve got an opportunity to have a go at Man United. That’s what we’re going to try to do – we’ll be set up to try and win.”

“We want to put them under pressure, and force errors.”  “We’ll have Cheik and James Perch back, and  I’ll have a couple more options.”

“One thing about Manchester United is that they’ve got a tough schedule,” “There was the Chelsea game, and they’ve got a FA Cup final semi on Sunday.”

“We should have more energy, and that could even it up given the quality they have.”

We remember in the relegation season that the players and manager would say similar things, and the players would come out and say they would be a lot lot better than in the previous game, which was generally a defeat.

The lads would then go out, and lo and behold then go a goal down, and it would be another disastrous defeat and yet another poor performance – and then it would start all over again.

If that’s not to happen again this season, Newcastle will have to play a lot better than they’ve played in the last four games, apart from the Wolves win, in which all the lads turned up,  and were very good.

We’d be very happy with 3 points from the next two games against the Red Devils at home, and Blackpool away, but we have to think the way the lads can do that is only though a Blackpool win.

If Newcastle beat Manchester United next Tuesday night, it will be one of their best results of the season, but somehow we don’t see that happening.

But hey, the red win will be ready – just in case! 😀

And we’ll see – soon enough.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far


    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #1

    My 1st 1st

  • G

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #2

    I would feel a lot more confident if he didn’t mention having James Perch back.

  • G

    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    WELSH TOON, let me be the 1st to congatulate you on your 1st 1st.


    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #4

    “We’ll have Cheik and James Perch back”

    Oh thank god Perch is back we missed him so much :/


    Apr 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Thank you G, I’m so proud of myself.

  • toonsy

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    To be fair, what is Pardew supposed to say?

    “Well we may as well not bother playing as we’ll probably get beat”

    That just isn’t going to happen is it? Pardew is saying no different to what any manager at any club in the country would say.

  • jaw4life

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    How much does everyone think kyriakos papadopoulos would cost from Schalke?

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #8

    We need Cheick to be an absolute monster in midfield!! In my opinion, Jonas should be switched to the RW, I believe he’d have the measure of Evra, likewise Ferguson if played on the LW, up against O’Shea or Brown. Jose can keep Nani or Valencia quiet, if on form, and with Jonas helping Simpson, that side will be tighter defensively. Joey needs to be a nuisance alongside Cheick. I’d hand Ireland his debut and play him off Shola (if fit)/Ranger.

    The players will be up for this one, have no doubt. Sadly, it seems to take great adversity or a match against a top side, for our players to give everything.

  • southerngeordie

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed, huge fan of everything you do with this blog but have to say a little disappointing with this post. Things aren’t the best at the moment but can we at least try and have a little more faith.

  • Pwnanza

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #10

    A bit hopeful maybe, but we have given better performances against ‘Top’ teams, we have Tiote back, but the one player Manure need to fear more than anyone. Yes, even Shola, is James ‘Crazy Mofo’ Perch ‘cos he will get us on the score sheet! OH YEAH BABY!!

  • skutball1892

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #11


    My thoughts exactly, James Perch is such a valuable asset to the team…sometimes I do feel sorry for the lad though, but he is useless.

    My team would be:


    Simmo Willo Collo Bull

    Barton Jonas

    Shola McLoven

  • Manx Magpie

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Right this season we’ve beaten Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, got points against the likes of Tottenham, and on more than one occasion have scored more than four goals in a game. There’s seriously no reason why we aren’t able to take anything out of next weeks game.

  • terencelim

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    toonsy, he can keep quiet and focus more on the ‘walk’ rather than ‘talk’.

  • aussietoonfan

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    I am going to be the first one to predict a win. Yes, that’s right. I believe that a Man U side still alive in more than one competition and…..AND looking to be an early winner of the premier league will concentrate their efforts elsewhere and not on this game as much as they should. In front of 50,000+ fans at home our boys should lift and secure our place in next seasons competition with a little bit of extra class. What a way to ensure our survival. How sweet would that be?
    My prediction 2-1. O.K. everyone, shoot me down!!!

  • aussietoonfan

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #15

    C’MON THE TOON!!!!!!!

  • Brutooon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #16

    i be happy if we lose 0-3.

    stop mentioning Perch, i rather we play an unknown 15 yrs old than play Perch

  • wynsleap

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    I note Pardew isn’t pushing the fact that Ireland could be back – probably because he won’t be?
    Would love to think we have a chance against Manure but head tells me otherwise.
    When will we ever see the Toon play with such confidence, poise and skill as Real Madrid did last night? Made Spurs look like boys even if the players markings in the Sun today for both teams didn’t reflect that.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Look at it this way people – we have 2 players who would be part of their 1st XI. When was the last time we could say that? Be positive, cheer to the high heavens, then who knows? I’m with you aussietoon!! HWTL 😀

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #19


  • dave 1961

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #20

    to beat man u you need to catch them out or sneak a win what you don’t do is say in the press you are going for a win, tell our players by all means but not the press Ferguson’s team talk on Tuesday pardew reckons he’s going to beat you. and his 25 man squad will all be tired, not sure on that one.

  • boonarmy

    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #21

    i think there will be a shock 2 – 0 to the toon

  • estechco

    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #22

    I hope I’m not breaking any fundamental rule of the site but…

    My mates ticket for the Man U game is up for grabs if anyone on this site would be interested? It’s right behind the Gallowgate end goal 3 rows back from the main walkway, so an excellent view (couldn’t have been much better for Tiote’s goal against the A*se) and next to my own needless to say.

    I’m not looking for anything other than face value for it, before anyone takes me for a ticket tout!

  • damonmwade

    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #23

    @ dave 1961
    Another way to beat man utd is to offer the ref more than what fergie is paying him

  • Alberts_tash

    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #24

    To be fair to Pardew he was probably just answering a question thrown at him. He can’t really win either way with some people. I’m sure you’d all be moaning if he said he was holding out for a draw. Honestly…

  • toonsy

    Apr 14, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #25

    terencelim – True, but then you have to look at in the way that Pardew is only responding to questions he is asked by the press.

    He is obliged to give an answer, as is every other Premier League manager.

    So who is really in the wrong? The press for asking questions? Or Pardew for having to answer said questions?

  • khfl

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d be chuffed to bits with a draw, as long as we put up a fight and show more passion then we did agasint villa!

  • Klatoon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #27

    We’ll win this game,our inconstinent streak wont allow us too sh!te performances in a row so naturally a poor result against Villa has to be followed by a stunning performance vs Manure.

    btw WELSH TOON u lucky mag,how’ddya get that icon,easily the best one yet 🙂

    (how weird would it be if i pressed ”submit” and realise my icon is one of Shearer celebrating that goal V Pompey)

  • Klatoon

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #28


  • chuck

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Hey ! I`m no fan of Alan Pardew, but how many managers would get a win with the bunch he had to choose from last w/end ?
    Every dog in the street knows how shallow this side is at present, through a combination of injuries and card`s.
    I have predicted a tough, nail biting run in to the seasons end and until we can field our best starters, it wont be pretty.
    It`s essential we strengthen the side with some quality during the window, as injuries are allways present and appear to be constant at NUFC, for some unknown reason?
    As for having a go against Man. U. ermm!yeah aint that the idea, hey on any given day, who knows?


    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #30

    We will beat them s.Ireland will rip them to shreds hahaha!!!!

  • valerio661

    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #31

    We have nothing to worry about. Have people seen the table. I for one would have takenthe postion we are in at this point at the start of the season. There are many teams worse than us. Its a shame we didn’t win at the weekend just to put all this “going down” sh@ite to bed.

    If we go down i will run naked round St james park. It won’t be pretty if it happens.

  • marcos

    Apr 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #32

    everything is possible in terms of football but it will be very difficult for Newcastle United to win this match next week. if Newcastle United win the match I shall be over the moon and very suprised too.

  • moonraker

    Apr 14, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #33

    I admit to being a supreme optimist, but I really believe this is a good opportunity to beat Man Utd.

    This is not the greatest team they’ve had in recent times and they have rode their luck at times. If not for Arsenal’s well documented schoolboy errors, they would be out of the championship race by now!

    If we have a strong team out against them, bearing in mind their fixture pile-up, we can beat them if we play with total commitment as we have at times this season. (2nd half v arsenal comes to mind)

    If we could beat them and secure PL status at the same time it would make my season.

    I believe this will happen!! HWTL 🙂

  • Sav

    Apr 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #34

    If we get a result against manU and Cheick impresses, you have to fear they’ll only be back to get him in the summer. And with cA$hley in charge…..


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