Newcastle could be facing Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie tomorrow afternoon, and those are the strikers Alex Ferguson is likely to select for the game at St. James’ Park, and of course in the same fixture last season we tore the Red Devils apart 3-0, and both Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi had good games for Newcastle in that game back in early January – about a month before Papiss Cisse arrived on the scene.
Shola Ameobi scoring on Thursday night against Bordeaux
Those are the three strikers Newcastle have available for tomorrow’s game, and we have to admit that Shola Ameobi has looked in good form when he has played for the first team this season, and he got his first goal on Thursday night in the excellent 3-0 win against Bordeaux.
Alan Pardew talked about the strikers that will be involved in tomorrow’s game, which has a 4:00 pm kick off time:
“The emphasis on will be on the attacking players.” “Manchester United would want to be stronger defensively than they are at the moment. Sir Alex’s options have been taken away though injury – but so have ours.”
“Losing Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic is a blow but so is losing Fabricio Coloccini, Krul and Steven Taylor for us. We feel we can exploit their defensive weaknesses and they will feel they can exploit ours.”
“All our strikers have scored this week – Shola has scored, Demba has scored, Papiss has scored and, if I’m honest, Shola is playing at the same level as the other two.” “He’s in contention to start against Manchester United.”
“That’s great news because it breeds competition. Our fans now realise how important Shola is to us whereas I think in the past they didn’t. He’s improving as he gets older. He’s maturing like a good wine.”
“Both our clubs have great strike forces with world-class players,” he said. “But Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres works brilliantly at Chelsea.” “The venue and the passion from the fans plays a part – you can’t ignore that.”
“It’s an easy cliche to use for a manager – they are our 12th man – but it does play a part. Trust me. When I go to Old Trafford it’s daunting for the opposition. It’s the same with the Etihad, the Emirates and our place.
“At ours there’s probably a bit more electricity about it purely because of the way the city is – it’s football mad. That’s reflected in the team’s performances.” “I think this game will be close but the first goal won’t decide it – the last one will and I hope it’ll be ours.”
We’ve never really seen the Demba Ba – Papiss Cisse partnership click yet, and we think Shola playing with either one of the Senegal strikers up front would make a decent partnership, because Shola plays and assists the other striker, and uses all his vast experience these days.
And Shola’s knock-ons often create chances – and that’s exactly what he did for Demba Ba in early January when he headed the ball on and Demba Ba ran onto it and smashed the ball into the back of the net.
We haven’t seen that kind of combination for the two Senegal lads, not yet anyway.
So we wouldn’t be too surprised if Shola gets the nod up front tomorrow, alongside Demba Ba – who is the in-form striker at the moment with 6 goals to his credit in seven appearances for Newcastle.
And at the moment Demba Ba is top of the list of Premier League goalscorers, one above Robin van Persie, and it could be that Alan Pardew will start in a 4-3-3 formation, with Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Shola the three men up front.
Whatever formation Newcastle start tomorrow, you can bet we will attack Manchester United from the start, and try to take advantage of what’s looked like a rather dodgy defense so far this season.
What do you think?
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