Ryan Taylor has been one of the success stories at Newcastle this season.
Micah Richards rifles home after Ryan Taylor failed to clear
But his two errors just before half time last Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, meant that Newcastle went in 2-0 down at the break and they couldn’t recover and ended up losing the game 3-1, their first defeat in the league this season.
So it’s an open question if Ryan will keep his place on Saturday at Old Trafford, where the full-backs will be sorely tested by Manchester United’s wide men.
Ryan seems to be enjoying the season and says the pressure is not on Newcastle at all, and thinks the lads can quickly get back on track:
“Nobody expects us to win the league, and there’s no pressure on us whatsoever,” “We can go and enjoy games. The gaffer has his own targets but, as players, you just want to do the best you can.”
“We’re in the top four, and a lot of people say we can’t finish there. If we do though, it’s unbelievable. We want to get to the targets set and better them, if possible. Then it’ll have been a good season.”
“We can’t start looking too far ahead. You wouldn’t look beyond the Chelsea game on December 3 for instance.” “You have to play these teams regardless, and, at some stage, it’s a 38-game campaign.”
“So you somewhere along the line you’ll meet Man United and Chelsea.” “It’s pointless looking down the fixture list for when we play the teams that have just been promoted, because you have to focus on the next game.”
“Doing anything else will give you a false reading of the situation.” “It’s an old cliché to say ‘take each game as it comes’, but at this club it seems to be working.”
“It will be nice to get a goal again,” “But it’s all about the team, I was buzzing with the goal against Everton, because it meant so much to personally in so many different ways.”
“If I can score a few more than great. At this place, it’s all about the team and not individuals.”
Taylor has not missed a league game this season, but Davide Santon played for the Reserves in yesterday’s 4-0 defeat against Everton, and Alan Pardew was watching the game.
We don’t know what Alan Pardew will decide to do for Saturday’s game, but we are betting that he will keep the defense unchanged at Old Trafford, and see how they can recover from some slackness that crept into their game on Saturday.
Taylor of course is also good for Newcastle on the attack and has scored three great goals for Newcastle this season and 9 in his career at Newcastle.
He has now appeared 67 times for Newcastle since signing from Wigan in January of 2009, as a make-weight in Charles N’Zogbia going the other way for £6M plus Ryan.