Wayne Rooney has done very well against Newcastle in his career for Manchester United, but not so well in the last few games against us, and the Newcastle manager is saying that the Magpie have no specific plans to stop Rooney tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park, in what is a vital game for the Tyneside club.
How do you stop these two world class strikers?
Wayne Rooney has an undeniably impressive record of 10 goals and five assists in just 18 games against Newcastle, and we have to hope he doesn’t add to those number sin tomorrow’s game.
This is what Alan Pardew said about those numbers today in an interview in The Mail:
“It doesn’t surprise me and he’s probably got that record against most teams!” “We don’t have any particular plans to stop him because I don’t think you can do that against Manchester United. If you have a plan for Rooney, then what are you going to do about Van Persie? You need a plan for the whole team.”
‘He could play Rooney in behind the front two, or in his normal role behind Van Persie. Alex has lovely options in that area.” ‘We have been unlucky in terms that this will be the first time they have started together in the Premier League but that’s Manchester United for you.”
“They have world class players.” ‘We think we know what they are going to do and hopefully we can cope with it.” ‘We want to win this game, as do they, because of what happened against Tottenham.”
‘What you do need against United is a positive attitude and you need audacity to take the game to them. If you sit back then they will find a way. They have been doing that for 20 years, finding a way through defences.” ‘I don’t think Ferguson is relishing coming to our place.’ ‘We are going to make it as difficult as possible for them.’
‘Our three subs are going to have to make a massive impact. We are definitely in a great position because my bench is very confident at the moment, no matter who is there.” ‘All my flair players are in good form. Hatem Ben Arfa is playing better than last season.”
“We have massive assets in terms of scoring goals and I don’t think we’ve shown that yet in the Premier League.” ‘So to beat them you need a game plan to score goals.’
We hammered Manchester United 3-0 in this fixture last year, and if the lads show the same form they showed against Bordeaux on Thursday night, and Manchester United show this season’s frailties in defense, there’s no reason we cannot go out and win this game.
That’s our hope in any case, and it’s now over to Alan and the Newcastle team.
Howay The Lads!!