Manchester United are likely to have Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Ryan Giggs back for tonight’s game at St. James’ Park, and that will add some experience to the Red Devil’s line-up.
Wayne Rooney – in action against Newcastle last season
And of course Wayne Rooney will be back tonight too, after being suspended and fined one week’s wages (just £200K!) for turning up to training the day after Boxing day with a hangover and unable to train.
That was also true of Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson, and both players could also return to add even more experience to the side.
Manchester United went down to rock bottom side Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford 3-2 last Sunday, and they will be looking to get back on track at St. James’ Park.
That’s probably the last time Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will call up fellow Scot Steve Keen before their game, and give him a pep talk and his full support. 😀
And since rivals Manchester City had a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Liverpool last night, after surprisingly losing 1-0 to a resurgent Sunderland side on Sunday, there will be even more pressure on the Red Devils to win tonight.
Alan Pardew was at the Blackburn game on Saturday and he had this to say to Sky Sports:
“I am well informed there will be a few back for this game and I’m not surprised because I think Alex knows it is a tough game coming to Newcastle,”
“I know 100% Rooney will play, and I think Ferdinand and Smalling will play, so suddenly their side looks a lot more balanced, significantly.”
“I think Giggsy might be involved because he sat in the stands on Saturday.” “Ferguson knows this will be a tough game.”
“When he came last season for a 0-0 draw he said afterwards there’s something about coming here, it’s a tough place to come. He knows that from history so he will put out his best possible side out.”
“We’re aware with the stadium we’ve got and the noise and excitement we can generate if we give our level of performance, it can be a real help to us.”
“If a team comes here, we expect them to play their strongest team. I think they need to.” “I don’t think there’s been one team come here with any game plan to try to win here without their strongest team since I’ve been here.”
In the games at home against Manchester United in the Premier League we’ve won 4 and drawn 5 of those 18 games, and the last time we won was back in 2001 when we won 4-3 with goals from Laurent Robert, Rob Lee, Nikos Dabizas, and an own goal from Wes Brown.
Newcastle will need to start picking up those points as Sunderland beat Wigan away 4-1 last night, and now have won 4 games and dawn one in their first 6 games under new manager Martin O’Neil.
That compares with only two wins and five draws and 11 points in their first 14 games under Geordie Steve Bruce, and Sunderland are now in 10th position and just 6 points behind the Magpies.
There’s just no way we can let Sunderland for the second season running finish above us in the Premier League, so hopefully this will light a fire in the Newcastle camp, and we’ll be abel to take something out of the game tonight.
It needs to light a fire in the Newcastle camp.
Newcastle fans are due a decent performance from Newcastle players tonight, that’s for sure.