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!!
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