39 Years Since Last Old Trafford Win Means We’re Due One

Newcastle have not won in the league at Old Trafford for 39 years.

Gabriel Obertan – fit again for Old Trafford

So what does that tell you – it tells you that Newcastle are due a win there on Saturday – that’s obvious. 😀

French winger Gabriel Obertan will be hoping to get a start at his former club, if he can get his starting position back form the impressive young Sammy Ameobi, who played well at the Etihad Stadium.

The Frenchman has been regaining his confidence and form this season, since signing from the Red Devils in the summer, where he didn’t play much at all – 28 appearances in two seasons to be exact.

Gabriel is certainly looking forward to the game on Saturday, and today he talked to the local press:

“It’ll be a great feeling to be back at Old Trafford – hopefully we’ll win there.”  “I spent two amazing years there, so it’ll be great to be on the pitch at Old Trafford again, to go back there and see friends I was with for two years.”

“Hopefully, we’ll get a good result there – it would be really, really good.”  “It’s all about Newcastle getting a good result now.”

Obertan has missed the last two games with a toe infection, which seems on the surface to be a rather minor  problem, but we guess not.

And it’s certainly been frustrating for the Frenchman, who joined Newcastle for around £3M in August:

 “It’s been frustrating, but it happens.”  “I just want to be fit again, and to be playing as soon as possible.”  “I missed the City game, but hopefully I’ll be fit to face Manchester United.”

“I played 10 games, and the confidence is quite high at the moment.” “It won’t get me down. I’ve been through worse.”  “It’s just been two or three weeks, really.

“It’s no big deal – I’ll be back.”   “So far, we have played some great football.”

There’s no doubt that the French lads on Tyneside this season, have been a complete revelation, and not only are they very good technical players, but they were brought  in on bargain deals, and have such a positive and professionalism attitude.

What else could you possible ask for – and where’s that new pâtisserie going to be in the Toon, or will they take to Greggs?

Comments welcome.

156 comments so far

  • Sir Alan

    Nov 22, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Krul/Simpson/S.Taylor/Collocini/Santon/Obertan/Tiote/Ben Arfa/Cabaye/Gutierrez/Ba/

  • t00ntime

    Nov 22, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Why buy one of the best young LB’s in the world only to place him on the bench haha, I guess he has to do the same as arfa and krul did, wait for his chance an take it with both hands

  • geoff777

    Nov 22, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    The more training sessions Santon has will mean he’s fitter, knows the system, can cope with the pace, speaks more English …

    He’s lucky (and so are we) that he hasn’t been thrown in the deep end with no preparation for the English game.

  • IPToon

    Nov 22, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #4

    I think the below team could pick up atleast 1 point at man Utd. We will have a bit more pace down both wings with Santon and Obertan and away from home on the counter pace is crucial, also in defending.

    ———————————— Krul ———————————
    Simpson ———– Saylor ———— Coloccini ——- Santon
    Obertan ———— Tiote ———– Cabaye ———- Gutierrez
    ——————————– Ben Arfa ——————————
    ———————————— Ba ———————————–

  • The Shola Show

    Nov 22, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #5

    De Gea has one of the worst records for saving shots from outside the box, i say Yohan should strike plenty at him!!

  • geoff777

    Nov 22, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #6


    If Santon plays as LB today v Everton reserves then you might be correct.

    If Santon starts at RB then I think Raylor will keep his place.

  • Daley_Toon

    Nov 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Hey fellas, my dad is a Watford scout and he was down in Sunderland last night for a reserve game and he is in Newcastle tonight for a reserve game. Anyway he just text me saying that there is a LOT of talk about Richard Branson wanting to buy us. Anyone heard anything similar?

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 22, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Daley – i think most of the talk is that most people would like him to buy us. He has made no kind of statement regarding buying the club.

    You should send him an email asking what his intentions are:


  • nimo

    Nov 22, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    surely mr branson has more sense than buyin a football club..


    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #10

    well lets just say one thing about branson buying us… he should definitely know what hes getting in to!

  • Hatem

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Finally could be bothered to get a name change, looking forward to the game as much as the players are, we have an excellent chance.

  • MGriff

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    The Nike St James Park Sports Direct.com Arena Stadium


    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #13

    been thinking… what price will MA be looking to get?

    no less than 300mil i’m reckoning

  • davybtoon

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Think it would take 400mill for him to sell

  • t00ntime

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #15

    It wud be a bad idea to sell us now, MA has been working hard to get us self sufficient and then sum one wud cum in and spend 100million on players and we be… Well bankrupt again 😛

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Santon is not one of the best young left backs in the world.. hes a right back who can play left back he plays right back for italy u21’s.. he’s a good young player but he isnt accustomed to the league yet, when he played against blackburn in the cup he fell over every time he got touched he needs to toughen up

  • davybtoon

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Gt89 it’s not a case of him toughen up but learning u won’t get free kicks for soft things like that

  • davybtoon

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Santon played 73 mins for the reserves gettin beat 3-0

  • drongo

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #19

    For MA to sell I reckon £300m

    Would I be happy with Branson? Depends, if its Virgin Group then no, if its Branson yes.
    Branson likes a few pet projects that turn a loss but are ‘fun’ his spaceship for example.
    Virgin dont, they buy, invest, strip down, sell. They are like a venture capitalist, but with an excellent branding team. With them it is all about the profit.
    There could be a crossover with them just having bought Northern Rock.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 22, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #20

    he stills needs to toughen up hes not very strong and obviously is weak by falling over when shoulder bardged

  • kevymartins

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Santon was brill when he came on vs the spuds at rb so its not a case off him being good enough for the league its a case of were he plays and is he good enough to push some1 out of there posision

  • stevep

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that Branson will buy us, it’s also a fact that the head of Virgin Money has stated they will not sponsor either the stadium or our shirts
    would imagine we’re going to be stuck with Sports Direct for the short term 🙁

    def won’t be buying a shirt with that logo on it

  • niffnoff

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Steve. You support the team not the shirt letters. Grow up.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #24

    stevep – how pathetic is that you wont buy a team shirt because it would have virgin money written on the front that pathetic theres more important things in the or peoples lives to worry about without adding something ridiculously pathetic lol not having a go a just think that its ridiculous..

    also is not a fact as Virgin Moneys chief executive has said they might have talks and would be interested in seeing about a deal.. the only fact is she said she would want the stadium to be named St James Park as she knows what it means to us

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Not many lads on the bus I was on Saturday were wearing a Toon top,probably even less when/if sports direct gets plastered on it ,then I suppose you’ll blame them for Tiote getting sold.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #26

    end of the day if Ashley pumps 10million out of his sports direct into newcastle as advertising then a couldnt careless

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #27


    I think stevep meant he wd nt buy shirt with SD on it not Virgin

  • nimo

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #28

    whenever ive watched italy u21 he been at left back

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Also Santon didnt do anything when he came on against Spurs he didnt have to do anything.. everything he done he should of been able to do anyways, there was nothing to say he was class or anything he didnt have enough time.. he is a good player and will get even better and could become one of the best full backs in the league but he needs time he’s only young

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #30

    ahh maybe he did.. Stevep if your still here and youve read my comment.. sorry mate a didnt click on haha

    still think you should buy a shirt no matter what obv depending on personal finance

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #31

    well he was benched the last 2 games co he aint playing but the last international week before that he played right back both times and am sure he got switched across when they brung someone on

  • magpiebop

    Nov 22, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #32

    It’s scarey prospect someone new owning us. It’s took a while for us to get wii the program wii Ashley. All we need is Branson to come in and appoint Keegan, Shearer, Ginola or some other name from our past and back to square one wii the egos!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Good article in the Mail today from Martin Samuel basically saying that these fair play rules with income is only gonna suit the clubs who make the Champions league this year.

  • magpiebop

    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Sports Direct sounds a bit long ball to me but can’t fault the colours. A union flag away strip would be cool!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #35

    magpie bop

    A coupe of years back or even more recently , I would have been ecstatic if branson had bought us and to be fair probably still would be.

    But now that Ashley’s vision is starting to bear fruit, I’m not so sure.

    A lot of people are bigoted and ignorant about ashley, but it’s been a long time since we had people like Tiote, Cabate, ben Arfa, et al in our team and i like the way we are organically growing as a club.

    We seem to be copying Lyon and Dortmund in going down the youth developement route and if you sell one you like carroll for 35m, you replace with even better that you’ve developed in the academy.

  • davybtoon

    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #36

    I really don’t see what the problem wud be with havin sports direct on the shirt n Nike as kit supplier, is it not the same as dave whelan done at Wigan they jjb sports on the shirt n the ground was called jjb stadium, now it’s named after him

  • davybtoon

    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Rotonda is right ppl r missing the point with the club is being run we’ve got some of the best players we’ve had in a long time n Ashly brought them, n it ain’t looking like cl footie anytime soon so this the most realistic way of running the club, n I think most who want Ashly out is as much to do with the fact they want some man city owner who jus splash endless amount of cash

  • davybtoon

    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #38

    Sow a real handful upfront for lille

  • GeordieJordy

    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #39

    What was the reserves score today?
    did Santon play well and on which side did he play?

  • magpiebop

    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Does anyone think it was all right for Sir John Hall to name the Leases end after himself? Is it acceptable because he paid for it?


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