Alan Pardew has said that Wayne Rooney could be a problem for Newcastle this afternoon.
Danny Simpson challenges Rooney at St. James’ Park last season
The England International is ready to play this afternoon and has recovered from the injury that kept him out of the 2-2 draw with Benfica in mid-week.
It seems that Wayne Rooney always plays well against Newcastle and has scored 10 goals in total against the Magpies so far in his career.
Wayne is likely to start up front but whether he pl;ayes there or takes a place in midfield he will still be handful for Newcastle, who must close the Manchester United players down this afternoon, when they give the ball away.
This is what Alan said:
“He is a thorn in the side of most teams. A midfield role does not diminish him.” “Manchester United have maybe tried to adapt a bit after what happened in the Champions League final.”
“And he is a big part of their change in terms of having a bit more movement and making it more problematic to pin him down, because you don’t know where he is going to go.”
“He is popping up everywhere at the moment. He is a fantastic talent and England are very lucky to have him. I’m sure Alex feels that too for Man U.”
“For us, he is a problem and we have to make sure we deal with him, whatever area of the pitch he is on.” “I think Man U as usual are getting better after every game and the second part of the season is when they really come into their own.”
“So to play them now is probably a slight advantage,” “Of course there are occasions when we all talk to each other but because he’s been a massive part of the LMA and his influence on it shouldn’t be underestimated,”
“All managers have down times – even Sir Alex has a down in losing a Champions League final. At times like those you turn to people and ask for advice and reassess what you’ve done and what you haven’t done, and he’s one of the people I turn to.”
We’ll just have to hope that Wayne today plays at the level he did in the World Cup in South Africa last summer, where he was just hopeless, along with some of England’s other supposed big stars.
There was a report that Newcastle captain Fab Coloccini had hurt his back and that he was a doubt for this afternoon, but we hope he will still be able to play at Old Trafford, otherwise we could be in big trouble.
The report first appeared in the Northern Echo earlier today, but we’ve seen little new about it for the last couple of hours, so we are hoping the captain will be okay for this afternoon.
21 year-old Hungarian International Tamas Kadar has been drafted into the squad just in case.
If Newcastle can get anything out of this game, it will be an excellent result.
Howay The Lads!!