Alan Pardew has been very gung ho in the couple of days leading up to our home game this afternoon against Manchester United, after the terrific 3-0 win over Bordeaux on Thursday night, and we cannot remember him being so positive leading up to a game since the run up to the game at White Hart Lane last February, when he said Newcastle would attack Tottenham from the first whistle.
Let’s hope Alan Pardew can walk out today and get the us the win we need
Unfortunately that game at White Hart Lane didn’t go too well, and we ended up losing 5-0 after being 4-0 down after only 34 minutes, and Spurs tore us to shreds in that first half – so we hope we’ll do a lot better than that this afternoon, although the only team to have beaten us at St. James’ Park this year are the champions – Manchester City – who walloped Sunderland 3-0 at home yesterday (glad to get that one in).
Alan Pardew talked today in the Mirror about how good Wayne Rooney makes the Red Devils:
“Rooney is a fantastic player, one of my favourites.” “I love how passionate he is about the game and the way he plays it with a toughness. He’s England’s best player and changes the game for them.”
“He changes Manchester United. He changes them from a top-four team to a top-two team. That is how powerful he is.” “We have been unlucky in terms that this will be the first time Rooney and Van Persie have started together in the Premier League.”
“But that’s Manchester United for you. They have world class players. But I think we know what they are going to do and hopefully we can cope with it.”
“We think we can beat anyone at home and that includes Manchester United.” “We know if we play the way we did when winning 3-0 against them in January, we can win again. What you do need to win against Manchester United is a positive attitude and you need audacity to take the game to them.”
“If you sit back, they will find a way. They’ve been doing that for 20 years, finding a way through defences.” “So to beat them you need a game plan to score goals and hopefully we will. We have Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi who have all been scoring goals recently.”
“And after losing to Tottenham this is probably not ideal. We are going to make it as difficult as possible for them.” “But this game is not about Sir Alex or myself. It’s about the players because both teams are coming off Premier League games where we would want to win the next one.”
“Sir Alex was buoyed by their second half against Tottenham. I think they will take that into our game.” “I don’ t think their confidence levels will be as hurt as they were in January when they came here after losing to Blackburn.” “But win, lose or draw we will share a bottle of wine afterwards.”
Of course it’s very important they share that bottle of wine together in a peaceful and civilised manner, and not try to hit each other over the head with it.
And Alex Ferguson at his press conference for the game has said that Wayne Rooney is all ready to explode in front of goal, so certainly the lead up to the game shows how powerful the Manchester United front two of Wayne and Robin van Persie can be, so whoever plays in central defense will need to have good games this afternoon, if we are to take anything out of this game.
We think we can get all 3 points this afternoon, but the lads will need to be somewhere near their very best to get the win – and that would be the second successive win against the Manchester Powerhouse at St. James Park this year – that would be really great.
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