If Newcastle can learn from what happened last week at the Etihad Stadium, and take those lessons into the game at Old Trafford tomorrow, there’s no reason Newcastle cannot come away with a result.
Alan Pardew – can Newcastle learn from their mistakes?
But it’s a tough job to be sure, and there’s not too many sides come away form Old Trafford with much at all, with the obvious exception this season of their Manchester neighbors City, who hammered the Red Devils 6-1 recently.
Alan knows it’s going to be a difficult game, as do Newcastle fans, but it seems he wasn’t aware that it’s been 39 years since we last won there, way back in 1972:
“1972 – really?” “If you go to Old Trafford against the quality of players and the atmosphere created in that stadium, of course you are going to find it very difficult. The odds are you will not get many victories and 1972 suggests we are due one.”
“But you need a bit of luck, sometimes you need the ball just to roll your way or fortune to favour you. But you’ve got to force that, force a situation where they might make a mistake or we have a forward running beyond and a player commits himself and they are down to ten men.”
“You have to force the issue like that. We almost did that at Man City, almost scored the first goal.” “And as I say, that is crucial. ” “When that chance comes along take it because we ain’t going to get many chances there.”
“There was disappointment in the changing room afterwards and that bodes well, I think, going forward because we genuinely thought we could have done better,” “Not just the manager or the coaches but the playing staff inwardly – and that’s important that they feel that.”
“Training has been lively this week.” “When you get a defeat, you look at everyone’s stats. Did they run enough, did they work enough, did they pass the ball enough? And put it all up for the players to see but you know, there is a work ethic here that we expect and we need to take and improve on what we did at Man City.
“We will gain confidence from the fact there was obvious things we could have done better against Man City, and we will need to bring that to the playing surface against Man U, for sure, otherwise we will get beat again.”
“And we don’t want that so we are determined to get a result.”
Newcastle beat Man United 2-0 on 11th February of 1972 after losing 1-0 in the game at St. James’ Park on 23rd October of 1971.
And now that Alan knows it’s been so long since Newcastle won at Old Trafford, he will no doubt use that as an incentive to the players.
We are really hoping that Cheick Tiote is fit to start tomorrow, and we have a sneaking suspicion that the Ivorian for Danny Guthrie, may be the only change from last week’s starting eleven.
Pardew may also prefer 22 year-old Gabriel Obertan on the right wing to young local lad and new England U21 International Sammy Ameobi, who is still only 19.
Gabriel will be returning to his former club, and of course will be motivated to do well, but whoever starts, we expect the other player to be brought on from the bench, sometime in the second half.
Three players, Tiote, Obertan and Best should be back and available for selection tomorrow, and that’s got to be good news for Newcastle.