Will Santon Come In At Right Back-Back For Simpson Tomorrow?

Alan Pardew will not be drawn on what his starting eleven may be for tomorrow.

Davide Santon – pushing hard for a starting place

But with the news today that Danny Simpson is under pressure to sign a new deal at the club to be shipped out, and with Davide Santon  pushing hard for a starting full back position, and playing well for the Reserves earlier in the week, Alan was asked if  Davide  would start his first PL game tomorrow:

“That would be telling.”  “I wouldn’t want to give Man United any extra advantages.”

It would be a surprise if Pardew didn’t start the same defense for the 13th league game in a row tomorrow, after the lads have already captured 25 points on the season, but if  the Italian does start it will be because he has looked  good in training,  and that cannot be bad.

It’s news for the game that the last time Newcastle won at Old Trafford was way back in 1972 when we won 2-0, and maybe Newcastle can finally break that hoodoo tomorrow.

This is what Alan said about the game tomorrow top the local press today:

“You are talking about the best team over the last 15-20 years.” “It is always going to be tough for most teams away from home in front of such a big crowd.”

“The name of Manchester United, the arena, the quality of the opposition make it very, very difficult psychologically to win.” “It doesn’t mean to say you can’t.

“You need fortune and then need to put them under pressure.” “We are up against the champions.” “They will want to show us what power they have.”

“They are looking to improve and have tweaked their game after the Champions League final against Barcelona.” “If Rooney plays midfield, it makes it more difficult to pin him down.”

“He’s a world-class player and a real danger.”

The reality of the situation tomorrow is that we are not likely to get anything out of the game – at least that would be the conventional wisdomn.

But if we are to get something, then the lads must take their chances when they are offered, and also  defend a lot better than they did last week, when mistakes were responsible for all three of Manchester City’s goals.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1

    unfortunately it looks as if ashley young and rooney will both be fit. D’oh !!!!!!!!!

  • seantoon

    Nov 25, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Give him his chance I say

  • niffnoff

    Nov 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Anderson and Cleverly are out though, so their midfield is their weak point I’d guess

  • Geordie_In_Elmpt

    Nov 25, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Does any body know whats up with Tiote??? AP said he would be back 2 weeks ago, Guthrie has done well but Tiote is a different class to him.


  • jayphoto

    Nov 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    If tiote is even just 1% unfit I wouldn’t let him near the first team! For however great he is when hes fit, the mans a liability when he’s off the pace, the first few games of the season showed this!

  • jayphoto

    Nov 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Might be a stroke of genius playing santon in this game! The lads short of confidence and it’d be a massive vote of confidence from pards that he trusts him to start away to the champions! Thought simmo looked ok in recent weeks, hes a decent right back, but a santon firing on all cylinders in top form is a world class full back! When he was at Inter mourinho called him the most talented full back he’d worked with….

  • tdt

    Nov 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #7

    So it sounds like Tiote is out and Guthrie isn’t fully fit.

    For this reason I’d go for:


    I can’t decide between R.Taylor and Santon at LB, but I don’t think Simpson has done anything wrong at RB and he therefore deserves to start.

    This formation would provide solidity at the back but also speed on the counter-attack.

    As for Gosling starting, he and Guthrie are similar in that CM position and either can do a job for us. So I’ve put Gosling in there because Guthrie’s not fully fit, but I’d still be happy if Guthrie got a solid hour in and then gets replaced by Gosling.

    Ideally, I’d like that formation with Sammy and Best coming on later in the game.

  • Hatem

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Santon’s extra pace at full back, where Raylor or Simmo are lacking. Could be potent against Man U, especially with their defence stuggling as it is at the moment, we have to attack their full back, playing both Raylor and Santon, who are good going forward would help us do this. In my eyes the first name on the team sheet must me Ben Arfa, it just looks as if he can change games in an instant, with this reverse pass to Ba last week, and then when he hit the post. HWTL

  • nden85

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Definitely rather drop Raylor than Simpson after his horror show against Citeh. Sure he can score the odd wonder goal, but all that does is paper over the cracks of his woeful defending. He deserves a chance on the right wing though.

  • moonraker

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Santon will play at left back and R Taylor holding in midfield if Tiote not fit.

    Tiote injury a bit worrying cas I think it’s his knee and that could be nasty and long term 🙁

  • joppadoni

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    fergies not mentioned rooney once so im still hopeful he is rested or benched at the least.

  • moonraker

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed, why on earth replace Simpson? He’s playing really well atm and will not wanna fail at Old Trafford.

    If anywhere Santon will play at LB where R Taylor is struggling. Santon played mainly at LB for Inter!!!

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Simmo is going nowhere, why would he put Santon in at RB to replace a defender who has hardly put a foot wrong all season when Santon is (a) primarily a LB and (b) if anyone is to be replaced by Santon it would be Raylor, and how can anyone say Raylor is going in at holding mid! jeez do you not know football at all, why would he put raylor in at holding mid when guthrie has come in for tiote and been a top rate replacement. Some people are crazy

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #14

    And as far as right wing goes in the pecking order of fully fit right wingers it stands at (or should stand at) 1. Marv, 2. Obertan, 3. Sameobi 4.Guth/Gosling 5.Raylor so how does he deserve a chance on right wing when there are that many people ahead of him!? these FM fans pretending to be managers is frustrating after a while

  • moonraker

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Cos I heard Guthrie is injured!
    Calm down you’ll have a f**ckin heart attack!

  • Hatem

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #16

    @14 He deserves a chance because he has been putting in a shift all season, I agree that he shouldnt play at Old Trafford. We can’t keep demeaning Raylor after his service and loyalty hes shown to us. In my view Santon would be better at RM anyway, but keep the back four the same, that’s whats been working this season.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Even with Guthrie injured Gosling would be ahead of Raylor in midefield.

  • moonraker

    Nov 25, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Gosling holding midfield? no way

  • moonraker

    Nov 25, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Anyway I think we gonna get a result at Old Trafford seeing as they had a CL game and they are not playing well atm

  • Brutooon

    Nov 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Santon to played Left Back.

    I do fancy Raylor as defensive midfield / Centre midfield

  • jakesome

    Nov 25, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #21

    @Ruddy Marveaux-lous 13
    why would a right footed player primerily play at left back, he was forced there by a certain maicon taking up the right back position
    and @14 marv our best RIGHT winger

    right mate hold your hands up knuckles facing your face and extend you thumbs out the hand that makes an “l” shape is you left


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