Alan Pardew seems upbeat about Newcastle’s chances tomorrow night of repeating the result of last January, when we hammered Manchester United at home 3-0, (how many times have I managed to get that one in over the last couple of days?), and it was one of the best results and performances of the season for Newcastle.
Pardew – Alex Ferguson will be worried about Newcastle
And the good news is our lads seem to be coming into a bit of form (at last), and played their best game of the season in beating Bordeaux 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday night, a team that was unbeaten in their previous 17 games, we have to quickly add – it was a great result for Newcastle and puts us at the top of Group D.
Alan thinks his friend Alex Ferguson will be very wary of Newcastle tomorrow afternoon, as the Newcastle manager had this to say to the local press this morning:
“Don’t think that Alex Ferguson isn’t worried about our stadium more than our team, because he probably is.” He knows our stadium can take the team up a level – that’s why we’ve had great results against Man United at home.”
“On the back of a defeat in the Premier League, they know our fans will be buoyed by Thursday night. He’ll not be savouring the venue, trust me.” “Without being the manager, I knew about this fixture and how important it was to this city,”
“Now I’m the manager, I’ve had a taste of it, and I know everything that it means to them.” “Therefore, the team has to put in a determined display. Our fans will accept defeat, but only if we go into the game in the right manner – that is – trying to win it.”
“That’s what we’ll try and do, trust me.” (we trust you Alan don’t worry). “They’re a team you can’t help but admire.” “They’ll have control of the game for periods. We need to be concentrated.” “But you can hurt them this year they’re not as good defensively as they can be.”
“There are opportunities for us.” “The Bordeaux game has definitely given everyone in the dressing room and training ground a boost.” “At times, it’s hard to put your finger on why we don’t click, then suddenly we click.” “The work we’ve put in, and everything we’ve done, is starting to bear fruit. You take that into the next game.”
For the Red Devils, defender Jonny Evans, who was on loan at Sunderland from 2006 through 2008, has also recovered from a dead leg – unfortunately, but Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, and Phil Jones are not available for the game tomorrow night, although we did see a report suggesting Smalling may return.
We are hoping Fabricio Coloccini will be fit again, and it’s hard to know what the Newcastle side will be – but here’s a possible starting eleven:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Ba Ameobi (Sh)
That’s a good team with most of the players in good form right now, and there’s no reason we cannot get the win tomorrow, if we can play like we did against Bordeaux, and we’ll definitely see Gabby Obertan in the second half, against his former club.
Gabby had probably his best game for Newcastle on Thursday evening, against another of his former clubs – Bordeaux.
We can win this game tomorrow.
Let’s know what team you would start.
Howay The Lads!!
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