Alex Ferguson has been talking about some of Newcastle’s top players who will play in the game this afternoon at St. James’ Park – which will be packed full – and he thinks Ben Arfa is an excellent player, and he thinks Papiss Cisse has scored some fantastic goals since he joined Newcastle from SC Freiburg in January – he’s right about both those points.
Alex Ferguson – Ben Arfa is an excellent player
Alex Ferguson has said he is quite happy with the performances of Dutch star Robin van Persie at the moment, and of course Alex is a tough taskmaster and has sky high standards, which is one reason he’s been so phenomenally successful in his management career, both at Aberdeen and at Manchester United, whom he joined in November of 1986.
Robin van Persie has 7 goals in all competitions in 7 games so far for Manchester United, and this is what his manager had to say about him:
“He is a good passer of the ball and has good vision in his passing, too.” “The goal he made last week for Shinji Kagawa against Tottenham is evidence of his passing ability. I am quite happy with what he is doing now.”
“The refreshing thing for me is, he has actually not had any preseason games, which is quite remarkable, having seven goals from seven games. I am quite pleased about that and his fitness will improve even more.”
“We are aware of their strengths and Ben Arfa is an excellent player”
Ferguson acknowledged that Newcastle have some good strikers in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse these days, and the two of them will be a significant threat to the dodgy looking Manchester United defense, that often shows up for game this season:
“Both have good scoring records.” “They rested Ba on Thursday their 3-0 Europa League win over Bordeaux and played Shola Ameobi.” “I don’t know what the combination will be.”
“There is talk about including Ameobi in the team for Sunday. But, either or – Ba and Ameobi are strong, aggressive players and Cisse has scored some fantastic goals for them.”
“We are aware of their strengths and Hatem Ben Arfa from midfield is an excellent player.”
Pardew will again be without first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul, who should start training again next week, and 19 year-old Jak Alnwick will be on the bench today, with Rob Elliot out injured, but Alan Pardew in his press conference on Friday said Rob will be out only a couple of weeks.
Let’s hope Steve Harper doesn’t get injured this afternoon, but if he does then 52,000 fans will be wishing and hoping that young Jak plays really well, so he would have that going for him, if he has to come on this afternoon.
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