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There’s Not Much Fear Of Top Teams – We’ve Got Better

11:24 pm, Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

It’s been one of the most open seasons so far in the Premier League with some of the top teams – like Manchester United as one example – losing points regularly, and it’s Arsenal who are making the pace this season four points ahead of Chelsea after 14 games played.

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Alan Pardew – others have caught up

Alan Pardew has said the other teams have caught up with the top teams:

“There’s not so much fear as there was to play the top teams. “I think the tactical awareness of the rival managers and coaching has got better.”

“You can always end up getting a proper drubbing, but most teams are really trying to have a go, and that makes for great viewing and great games.”

“And first and foremost, being manager of Manchester United is a great job and David has represented it with great honor and respect so far.”

“But it was obviously going to be difficult for him to follow someone like Sir Alex Ferguson and the aura that the man had.” “He’s finding his feet and that’s all he’s trying to do, and I think he’s doing a reasonable job.”

“They can still win the league and trophies this season. It’s a long way back for them but they’ve proved over the years that they’re a team who improves as the season goes on.”

Newcastle are coming off a first defeat in five games after losing at Swansea on Wednesday night, after winning four games in a row.

So it’s a big test for the lads, and we hope they can make a game of it tomorrow at Old Trafford, and if Newcastle can hit their top form tomorrow - anything can happen.

What do you think?

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Harley // Dec 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Not expecting anything tomorrow. I don’t care how bad Man U are playing they still have the capability to turn us over.

  • 2 Shadow_Shearer // Dec 6, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Man United only have a handful of good players yet, rvp, rooney, de dea, vidic and adnan janesi are All top players. The rest of the squad is average. Fergie made the average players look good. Something Moyes can’t do. We can defies take something from the game tomorrow

  • 3 GeordieDan // Dec 7, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Yeah, Man U are missing Rooney and possibly Man U, but Swansea were missing Michu and Bony and we got a little bit embarrassed by giving them too much respect.

    I don’t actually think the top teams have gave better (Gooners and possibly Liverfools apart).

    The rest of the Prem has caught up (which is great for the the English game) but Man U, Spurs and even Man City and Chelsea have been well below par this season so far.

    If Pardew manages to pull off an away win to Manure this weekend it will be hard not to give him very justified credit.

    If we lose then the NUFC rollercoaster is back in full swing. Simple as that really.

  • 4 Shadow_Shearer // Dec 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Hard to believe Pardew has actually beaten man United in Fergie time 3-0. Although I believe we can beat then, I’d be more than happy with a draw.

  • 5 kt97toonarmy // Dec 7, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Well those who are goin to brazil for the world cup enjoy our 3 matches. Cas thats all we will get

  • 6 Sav // Dec 7, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Don’t worry, regular bloggers here will find ways not to give Pards credit even if we were to win at ManU. They’d rather have Dalglish, Gullit, Souness, Allardyce, Roeder, Kinnear or Hughton.

  • 7 Malta Mag // Dec 7, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    Of course we can win but like all Premier games this season, we must be 100% on our game otherwise we’ll end up with nothing. Really hope Ben Arfa can start in that hole behind Remy because if, as I suspect he’s hungry for the fight then he can destroy teams and where better than Old Trafford to show his true potential. I’m going for a draw.




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