We beat Manchester United in early December at Old Trafford 1-0, and that was the first time we had beaten the Red Devils in that fixture since 1973, and the last time we had beaten the Red Devils twice in the league we estimated at around 100 years – and of course that was tongue in cheek (honest) – but the real answer is that we smashed them twice back in 1931 – so that’s 83 years ago.
Alan Pardew – wants another win against Red Devils
In our poll for this game 79% think we will lose this game, but that’s come down a bit following the news that Wayne Rooney will not be playing.
And while it’s unlikely, just think how Geordie fans would feel at 5:00 pm this afternoon if we could (by some miracle and we’d also take some divine intervention) beat them for a second time this season, and maybe Luuk de Jong could score a hat trick – in the first half? 😀
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“It’s going to be difficult against Man United because they have had a little upsurge, particularly against Munich when they were terrific,”
“They will bring that bounce in their step to our place, and we are on the back of a really poor result and performance.”
“You would have to say everything points to them winning, so it is up to us to make sure we can turn that around.”
“It’s a great fixture in the calendar, and it’s very rare for it to be at 3:00 pm on a Saturday, which perhaps shows where the two clubs are, in particular this week.”
“I’m really looking forward to it. Firstly, I want to get that Southampton performance out of my system, and I expect the players to be like that.”
“I’m hungry to get that second win over them this season. The desire’s fitting in for us this week, and I hope that’s reflected in the performance.”
So the incentive is really there for our players today – to do something that Newcastle United haven’t done in 83 years – when the “shorts” were even longer than they are today., and Ramsay MacDonald became the Prime Minister.
And the players and manager know that a win would quickly change the mood of Newcastle fans, which we wouldn’t call too upbeat at the moment.
What do you think?