Shane Ferguson Starts At Left Back


Shane Ferguson gets only his 4th start in the Premier League, as he lines up at left back for Newcastle this afternoon against Manchester United, with Davide Santon switching over to right back.

We had expected Danny Simpson to come back in at right back, but he’s on the bench, so it’s a great opportunity for the in-form 21 year-old Irishman to shine this afternoon – in fact our full backs are both 21 year-olds today – one Irishman and one Italian.

Mike Williamson and James Perch are indeed the center-backs as Alan Pardew had said they would be, and both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse start up front this afternoon.

So it’s an inexperienced and different back four this afternoon for Newcastle, and only Davide Santon is usually a starter in the back four, and he’s been switched to right back.

Simpson is on the bench having just returned from his hamstring strain and Colo and Steven Taylor still out injured.

Newcastle have a decent bench this afternoon too, and Alan will likely give run outs to at least Shola Ameobi and Gabby Obertan, who both had very good games on Thursday.

19 year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is in the first team squad for the very first time, with both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot out injured.

David de Gea returns in goal and replaced Lindegarrd for the Red Devils and Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney all all in the starting eleven.

We need the win this afternoon – although that will be very difficult.

Howay The Lads!!

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; David Santon, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Shane Ferguson; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Danny Simpson, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi

Manchester United: (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra (c); Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick; Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa; Robin Van Persie
Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Scott Wootton Paul Scholes, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez

Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)



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437 comments so far

  • BelfastMagpie

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #1

    No Colo or Taylor fs

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #2

    love santon at RB

    wish we were being a bit more gung ho and playing 433

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #3

    attack attack attack

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    last chance saloon for los dos dembas in a 442 i think

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  • mattnufc

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    De Gea, Rafeal, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Cleverly, Kagawa, Welbeck, Rooney, Van Persie

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  • allan666

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #6

    bet obertans not happy

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  • Twatter

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Shaney boy has earnt this. Good call to move Santon to RB, should be interesting to see what he can do there considering he is predominantly right-footed. I’ve always felt (despite what people say about LB being his natural position) he looks a little predictable there and always has to drift inwards when he attacks.

    Key to the game is the midfield though. If Tiote and Cabaye can control that area and the two Dembas can combine when we attack I think we have every chance of winning here.

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  • t00ntime

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Dont want to be a glass half empty guy and i will happily eat my words but i can see a 5-2 drubbing coming.

    That back 4 looks awful.
    Santon+fergie both cant defend (average at best) but like to go forward.

    Perch has good games as lb/rb but is normally very average at CB

    Williamson is just useless, sorry i always support our players but i cant remember him having a single game with no BIG mistakes. When ever the ball comes to him he has no control over it and makes me nervous whenever he has it. To make matters worse he is reckless with tackles, gives free kicks and penalties away for no reason.

    Rooney+rvp VS williamson and perch? Rooney and rvP are going to win every time.

    Sorry and again i will happily eat my words but i really can see them scoring 4/5 goals 🙁

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #9

    strong man utd line up!!

    just creamed at the prospect of santon and hba linking up!

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Ferguson at left back is a mistake.

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  • MykToonFan

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Any particularly good streams gents?

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    hoping, if fergie is being overrun, pards just makes a simple switch of either putting guti back there or bringing anita on to give fergie more options to move the ball, switching it to a 433 😀

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  • Twatter

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #13

    @8 I don’t really understand how you can slag off Fergie, he’s played four games for us. Williamson was our best player against Norwich and despite the occasional mistake, I think I’d prefer him over a fit Saylor in his current form. Saylor hasn’t been very solid at all since returning.

    Anyway, the simple fact of the matter is if we don’t let them play in the midfield, there’s no way they’ll be able to exploit our defence whatever you think about it. Tiote and Cabaye both look sharp, have a bit more faith man.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    still don’t think that CB partnership could have been any more complimentary to us than that

    we can exploit, for sure. it’s more a matter of if we can defend

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  • TimKrulFan

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Omg is pards serious fergies first game at lb against man u. Guti will have to be back all the time covering him I can see us getting smashed!

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  • Toon1978

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16

    S.Ferguson has played parts in the last 3 games and set up 3 goals. What more do we actually want from the lad lol?

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  • check the toastie

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Over the moon Fergy has been given a chance, just a bit unfortunate he has no great strength in central defence to talk him through the game, would be much more comfortable him starting with Colo and Saylor, but nice to see Pards chucking him in.

    Hope we line up 4231 or something a bit different, think with 442 we have the same old problem of linking with the front 2, Mr T and Cabaye are going to have to have massive games. fingers crossed.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #18

    twatter

    i agree. saylor’s hardly been at the level he was beginning of last year

    but i’ll take an out of form saylor versus an ‘in form’ willo any day of the year

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  • colwell

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Rio and Evans are a tad better than Perch and Willo.

    Guti better be playing in middle with Tiote today otherwise it is pointless him playing.

    Santon and HBA are going to rip Evra a new one today can’t wait.

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  • Twatter

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Guti will cover Fergie – we might even see them swapping their positions. People need to relax. Ask the questions after we play, not before.

    Fergie’s assisted 3 in 3, he deserves a start.

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  • TimKrulFan

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #21

    and no colo or ST when you have both your cbs and are playing a lesser team at home thats when you start fergie omg 0-3!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m a bit nervous with Fergie at fullback -if we start positive by a full onslaught of attacking play -Fergie -may be ok. Defensive qualities at this level are not known. Bit of a gamble by Pardew. If we gel today -I’ll stick to my previous prediction 3-2 to Newcastle with Benny scoring a scorcher.

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  • Toon1978

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Lol, Ferguson is actually better now then what he was last season.

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  • Burni

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #24

    im not sure if this is good or bad……. fergo, in my opinion is not a good left back, he is an excellent LM but he seems to not commit in his challenges.

    i really rate this guy and hope he can prove me wrong but i have to think why not play simmo against manu as he has the experience that I think is needed.

    only time will tell, and I still optimistically say 2-1 to us!

    HTL!!!!

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  • Dukis22lt

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Hope to see more crosses coming in from these fullbacks today, also want to see Ba and Cisse winning more balls in the air. In Pardew we trust.

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  • MacToon

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #26

    mmmm, our defence looks a little experimental to say the least but mf and forwards are as strong as we could expect. Aslong as Rooney and RVP don’t get the ball we should be ok.

    Wonga…… sigh.

    Let’s hope we put in a good performance today as the world will be watching.

    Howay the Lads

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  • TimKrulFan

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #27

    gotta hope valencia has a bad one because he could tear fergie a new one

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  • t00ntime

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #28

    @twatter i never slagged fergie off. I think most agree like santon his best att is going forward. With jonas helping defend it might not be that bad but imo fergie is a better LM then LB.

    Williamson+perch as a partnership were all over the place against reading.

    I said i wud happily eat my words and i hope i have too. But man utd are tough with a full strength back 5 never mind a full bteam back 5

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #29

    people that are saying fergie is shite at left back?? cant remember seeing him do anything wrong of great note

    how can you make that judgement anyway how many times have you seen him play there??

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  • Toon1978

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Only criticism i have of Fergy is his size. He need’s a few McDonalds to fatten him up lol.

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  • WWYCD

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Very attacking worked for Spurs against Man Utd but could be a different story. Have a feeling it will be a long evening for the mags

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #32

    i take it the build up starts at half past, anyone with a working link to the build up please post as soon as you get it up

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  • Slank

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #33

    If we think our back four is weak so do ManU fans with their own back four but also their midfield too who they think will be outmatched by Tiote and Cabaye.

    Hard game to predict.

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  • Shane

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #34

    G’wannn wee Fergieee!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Would like to have seen Shola start if it is to be 4-4-2, think he would totally dominate Evans on current form. So glad Fergy is starting. Really hope he turns in a good performance and the back 4 keep a clean sheet (unlikely), so there’s no reason for AP to revert to Simpson.

    Plenty of goals in this one.

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  • Toon1978

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Any links lads?

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  • Burni

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #37

    mister tuff, I feel like you know me haha

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  • TimKrulFan

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #38

    I will look at the positives fergie and santoon can knock in more crosses and man u defence is shite so ba and cisse could have a field day!

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  • Burni

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #39

    toon1978 sopcast mate, u will find a couple of very good quality links on there

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Oct 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #40

    timkrulfan

    i highly doubt valencia will be ripping anyone a new one today 🙂

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