Manchester United have had a terrible season for them in David Moyes first season in charge, but they still have the best away record of any side in the Premier League, and they have nine wins and three draws in their 16 games on the road – that’s 30 points from their 16 away games.
Massadio Haidara – likely to keep left back position
And they have also scored 30 goals in those away games, so given the very poor performance of Newcastle last week at Southampton, it’s very unlikely that Newcastle can keep a clean sheet today.
And rather surprisingly it’s been the defense that manager Alan Pardew has been concentrating on this week in training, although he also knows we have to get goals from somebody, with Loic Remy still out injured.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“The lack of goals is not something that was unrecognized from last year.” “We struggled to score in the back end of last year, but addressed that by moving Cabaye into the number ten role and getting in Loic on loan.”
“Now, both of those aren’t around so we’re back to where we are. Somewhere along the line, we need to get goals. We’re very focused on that, but you can’t take away that you need a foundation to score goals, and our problem at Southampton was that we didn’t have that foundation.”
“In most of the games we’ve played this year, we’ve had a good foundation to try to score goals, but if you lose that side of it, you’ve got no chance. That’s been my priority this week – not so much scoring goals, but getting us a foundation and a desire in the game.”
“One of the stats you’ll often see is that the team who scores first wins 74 per cent of the time.” “That’s why reacting to a goal is so important.”
“It doesn’t mean you have to go straight back up the other end to try to score – you might have to take time to get that goal to get back into the game.”
“We fell down at Southampton because we didn’t react well to the goals. Whether we were trying to score a goal quickly, or trying to defend to not go further behind, that was the most disappointing thing last weekend. We have to be better in our reaction to the goals.”
The back four is likely to be the one that finished the game last week – Santon Williamson Coloccini and young Haidara.
We’re not sure how we can get much out of this game today, unless we can score at least a couple of goals, and since this is a home game, surely we should be trying to win it.
And there was good news last night, at least for Newcastle fans, in that the Red Devils will be without top player Wayne Rooney, who picked up a toe injury against Bayern Munich last Tuesday night.
But in order to win this game we need to score some goals, and Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse have looked anything but confident in front of goal these last several games, and we have scored only one goal in the last four games since Loic Remy has been out.
And another stat that shows our lack of goal scoring is that we haven’t scored in 10 of the last 14 league games.
What do you think?