Newcastle have a tough game at Old Trafford this afternoon, and it will be a bit of a surprise if our lads can get anything out of this game, and we will have to be prepared to start this game quickly today, and not be buried as we were in the home game when we were 2-0 down after 16 minutes with goals from Evans and Evra, and the Red Devils missed a lot of chances in that first half, and of course we went on to lose that game 3-0 in front of a sold out St. James’ Park on 7th October.
Alan Pardew - one of our toughest games
It’s always a tough game at Old Trafford, and we managed to get a 1-1 draw there last season when Manchester were all over us in those final 20 minutes, but thanks to some unbelievable goalkeeping from Tim Krul and some luck we held out for the point, and we also drew 1-1 there in our relegation season in the first game of that season back in August of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was still manager.
It will certainly be a tough game for our lads today, but we’ll get a chance to see how far they have come in the last five or six games, and following our win against QPR the players should be in good spirits too.
This is what the Newcastle manager said about the game today:
“When you looked at the program at the start, you could see that this was a tough run for us, and it’s even tougher now with the results we have had and the injuries we have sustained.” “But I am actually going into it more buoyed than I have been at probably any other period of the season.”
“We have definitely picked up, we look a little bit more resilient. We’ve got a very important clean sheet on Saturday and I think we will be in good heart for what is one of the toughest games of the program, Manchester United away.”
Cheick Tiote will miss the game having picked up a fifth yellow card on Saturday, and James Perch is expected to deputize, and there could even be a start for Shola Ameobi in place of the out of form Papiss Cisse.
It will be a difficult game and in truth we’re not expecting to get too much out of this game – but we are willing to be surprised. .
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