Alan Pardew is hoping his players can get Newcastle our first win at Old Trafford in 40 years, but in all honesty we cannot say there’s much chance of that happening – but there’s always hope we suppose.
Alan Pardew – Manchester have a shaky defense
We won that game 2-0 back in 1972, and we’ve beaten Manchester since that time at home – like the 3-0 win in January, but we’ve never won at Old Trafford since we beat them 2-0 in February of 1972.
But Alan Pardew seems to be fairly upbeat about Newcastle’s chances today, as he had this to say in the local press:
“One clean sheet in 15 games offers us the opportunity and shows it is not impossible to score against them.” “We carry a threat. There is no doubt about that.” “We can score there and it is going to be about how we defend really. I think we will get a goal.”
“United have been vulnerable all year defensively. Some of their goals with the back four and the goalkeeper have not been as secure as teams of the past.” “Sir Alex Ferguson has been quoted as saying that.” “There is nothing we will not try to capitalize on.”
“We will try to capitalize on everything if we can.” “There is no point not packing the defense and not offering a threat, because it is probably the best route to winning the game.”
Unfortunately for Newcastle the Serbian International Nemanja Vidic is back from injury for the Red Devils and will start today alongside Jonny Evans in central defense, and that may make things a little bit more difficult for our lads.
But hey – in truth our players have nothing to lose because in our poll for the game 60% think we’ll lose this game with about one third of that percentage thinking we can win the game – at the time of writing this.
Our lads have got nothing to lose so they should go for it – and we’re sure they will – and who knows what may happen?
Let us know how you think this game will go.
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