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.