The Manchester United defense looked anything but strong in last night’s 2-2 draw at home to Benfica, in the European Champions League.
Wayne Rooney – injured hip
Two soft goals, an own goal early on from Phil Jones, when there was no danger, and a clearance error from new Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea which led to Benfica’s second goal, could now make it difficult for the Red Devils to make it through the group rounds.
The Red Devils need to avoid defeat at Basel in the final group game to prevent an early elimination from the competition for last year’s beaten finalists. We wonder if Alan Pardew was at Old Trafford last night to check out Saturday’s opposition?
Wayne Rooney did not play last night and is a doubt for Newcastle’s game at Old Trafford on Saturday, but Alex Ferguson will be hoping that Wayne has recovered from his hip injury to play against the Magpies
Last Saturday was not a good time to play Manchester City, who also came a cropper last night when they lost 2-1 in Naples, but Manchester United are nowhere near their best form at the moment, with some questions about their defense.
This is what Alaex Ferguson said after the game last night about Rooney:
“He wasn’t fit for tonight, so we need to wait to see what he is like over the next few days,” “We will give him every chance, of course – we did for today but he wasn’t really fit, so we’ll just have to wait.”
Rooney likes playing against Newcastle, and he has scored ten goals in his career against the Magpies, and some of them have been rather spectacular goals too.
Newcastle will be trying to get something out of the game on Saturday and attempt to remain in the top four of the Premier League just as long as possible, as top teams like Chelsea, Arsenal and the Red Devils have all faltered this season.
Cheick Tiote is likely to return to the side in place of Danny Guthrie, after recovering from his knee injury.
Even a point on Saturday would be a very good result.
Howay The Lads!!.