Bad News For Magpies – Rooney And Giggs Back For Red Devils

It’s not particularly great news to hear that Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs will return to the Manchester United line-up for tomorrow night’s game against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.

Wayne Rooney in action last August at Old Trafford

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping his players will rise to the occasion, and show what they’re made of,   but Newcastle will also have to be far better than their recent poor form, to get anything out of this game.

The game comes just four days after Manchester United took a stinging 1-0 defeat in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, from of all teams – local rivals Manchester City.

Alex Ferguson has labeled this game the most important so far this season for the Red Devils – and that’s bad news too. 😀

This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“It’s 100% that Wayne Rooney’s going to play, but if you’re going to beat them, beat them with Wayne Rooney in the team.”

“Of course, he’s hit form, and I think the Chelsea game was the best I’ve seen him play for 18 months.”

“It was an all-round performance, and that’s what we’re going to have to deal with.”

In their last visit to St. James’ Park two years ago, Newcastle took a well deserved early lead, with a gifted goal to Peter Lovenkrands from goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar.

But as usual, Manchester United came roaring back with a couple of goals to win it 2-1, and one of the goals was from Wayne Rooney, who seems to like scoring against the Newcastle side.

Wayne Rooney has been coming into some of his old form lately too, and that is not good news for Newcastle.

We blasted Wayne for his play during the FIFA  World Cup last summer, when it seemed to be just too much for him and some of the other top England players.

But that seemed to be more of a lack of mental toughness, from some of the England players than anything else, and at times some of them looked scared stiff and frozen in fear.  Apart from that they looked very confident.

But Rooney has also shown lately that he’s still an excellent player,  and a cut above the rest, and he’s just like two other greats, in Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi – he works his socks off for his side.

Alan continued to talk about Rooney:

“He has much more in his locker than just that.” “He links a lot of things for Manchester United, and one thing that we can’t let him do is dictate the game.”

“He did that at times against Chelsea in the Champions League match last week.” “With us being at home, we want to dictate the pace of the game.”

“And all of the players appreciate exactly what the crowd can bring to the table here.”

Anything but a defeat tomorrow night will be greatly and enthusiastically received, but the main thing is that we blast Blackpool this Saturday,  in a game that could take Newcastle to safety.

And there’s no doubt the Newcastle fans can play a massive part tomorrow night,  by supporting the lads to play way above themselves.

If they can do that, then anything is possible.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome, but please respect other people’s opinions.

34 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Never easy playing one of the most successful teams around and even though they haven’t been playing well they have a habit of grinding out results.

    Realistically I don’t expect anything from the game except no more injuries or suspensions.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Rumour has it Stephen Ireland will play,God dam media.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    As long as we don’t get thumped and give a good performance I’ll be reasonably happy. Don’t expect anything so a point would be a great result

  • dave 1961

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    hope we padlock all the bins to keep that scruff Rooney out. and Rooney take Pardew with you when you leave.

  • arfa chance

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Agree geordie, 4 points from this and blackpool and I’m happy

  • alex84

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #6

    ireland trained today…i recon he will be in the squad

  • gorskino10

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Quotes saying he is ONLY looking at players over 150 apps for a club RATHER than any youth 19+ prospects.

    Good to see we are not interested in youth…..not

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    i was waiting to watch NUFC to play against top teams in the world

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t care who they play in CM, Tiote will squish them!! Fold them up!! And place them neatly in his pocket!!

  • Markaccus

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Dave 1961, take pardew away? Leave us managerless just when we are on the brink of safety? I knew you were nuts.

  • lewman

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    of course we are still interested in youth its just not pardews job to find it.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #12

    gorskino10 – there are plenty of players who are 21-24 years-old who have buckets of experience at a high level. No sweat man!

  • alex84

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #13

    agreed coolcatcarter89, going for players in that age range and experience is a good move, we can’t be buying all players in the same stage as ranger who are at the start of there trade…players like ben arfa tiote etc is what we need

  • arfa chance

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Help me out lads was the arsenal game the first one back for tiote after a ban. If so are We expecting a stormed off him tomorrow

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Just heard that harper is a doubt for 2moro
    can things get any worse on the injury front?

  • alex84

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #16

    really? bloody hell we are cursed!!

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Yea they said on skysports and also ameobi is doubtful

    Im from northern ireland and im going to the game 2moro
    havent been to one since the sunderland game and im going to watch our reserves ffs

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Every time Pardew opens his mouth about transfer targets, his story changes. This morning he was telling the Journal that, so long as he can keep Ameobi and Best fit, he only needs one more striker. If we do stay up, I fear it will only be a stay of execution with this pillock in charge. Fergie must be quaking in his boots at the thought of tomorrow night.


    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Krul can fill in for Harps no big issue. Shola shouldn’t be risked anyway. Ranger and Loven should (and probably will start)

    Tiote and Guthrie will be central Barton and Jonas on the wings.

    As optomstic as I am even I think we will be turned over and am expecting Tiote or Jose to gift them a goal

    Though I might just be bitter due to illness

  • hainesy

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #20

    I just got that Harper info too. I think Tim Krul will start and I doubt harper will even be on the bench could be a Soderberg job.

  • hainesy

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Two of our best players giving away a goal? You ok WWJBD? 🙂 I think if that happens at all if would be from a wayward Guthrie pass or a poor clearance from Krul. Touch Wood that won’t happen!


    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Great players they are but would you disagree with me that they both fanny on the ball in stupidly dangerous areas.

    Jose dances with the ball in the box when he should clear it and often gets
    in trouble.

    Tiote does the same in the middle of the park. And players like Giggs, Wooney, Chicorita and Valencia won’t let mistakes go unpunished.

    And yeah Guthrie may be a issue but he will be in a attacking role so won’t be to near our goal most of the time.

    Haha god I sound a right miserable tw*t don’t I

  • dave 1961

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #23


  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Assuming all today’s injury rumours are authentic, this has to be the XI tomorrow:


    If they play deep, Ireland can find space. If they push up, Ranger has the green-green-grass-of-home to sprint into – in theory…..;)

  • fungus44

    Apr 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #26

    is Rooney not suspended for two games for swearing down the camera ,or has he missed two games already ,don’t think so he has only missed the semi against city so that means he can not play tomorrow night if i am wright

  • arfa chance

    Apr 18, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Rooney is back mate

  • arfa chance

    Apr 18, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #28

    The strategy is to have all our lowered tiered seats to ne filled with grannies and hot women. That way Gooney will be distracted

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #29

    arfa chance, bloody Daily Fail again. If you look at the photos on the official site you will see that they are just playing around.,,10278~2341327,00.html

  • dave 1961

    Apr 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #30

    grannies, a few unlocked dustbins would have the same effect.

  • marcos

    Apr 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Well, we drew against teams like Fulham and Wigan Athletic at home. We lost to Blackburn at home too. In my opinion Manchester United will win the match. If we can get at least 1 point it will be a miracle.

  • arfa chance

    Apr 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Ha ha dave. All I have to say is Liverpool at home, arsenal at home, chelsea away, arsenal away. The top four hold no fear for us …. I hope lol

  • dave 1961

    Apr 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #33

    a hostile crowd could have a bearing on the result, but we seem to be unable to sell the tickets, we have been getting points we were not expecting, & a full house could help, but we need to put pressure on the ref from the first whistle to the end.
    boo him onto the pitch.

  • fungus44

    Apr 18, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #34

    which two game,s has Rooney missed ,at my guess he,s only missed one the semi against cityor am i wrong


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