Alan Pardew seems to think that the amount of possession we are able to sustain against Manchester United tomorrow at Old Trafford is important, and will ultimately decide the game.
Alan Pardew – possession is key
In his press conference for the game tomorrow, which was held on Tuesday afternoon, the Newcastle manager made a point of saying that his side had to improve in keeping possession of the ball and also in scoring goals in the second half of the season.
This is what Pardew said tonight:
“Three years ago we got a draw at Old Trafford, two years ago it was 4-3 to them, and it was a hell of a game where we perhaps should have got something.”
“Last year we won. The big reason we’ve done well at Old Trafford is because we retained the ball. We had an equal share of possession.”
“This particular Manchester United side, if they get to 60% of the possession, you’ve got no chance of winning the game because of the players they’ve got like Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria and Robin Van Persie.”
“They are just top talent and if they get enough of the ball they’re going to score a goal.” “I’ve had some really good days fortunately at Newcastle, and I wouldn’t like to put them in order, but winning at Manchester United is certainly right up there.”
“Against the top teams we’ve done well and we’re 9th in the division.” “We’re not far away from the top. If we get a win, it’s Everton and Burnley at home next and it could put us in a great position.”
“So it’s all to play for.” “I do think this team is stable, it’s a strong middle of the Premier League team and we need to be better than that if we can.”
“I think this January is important. It’s important that big players come back to us and we do some business.”
Newcastle will be without Cheick Tiote, who got himself suspended picking up his 5th yellow card against Sunderland, and Mehdi Abeid is still out with the broken foot – he picked up on International duty with Algeria last month.
Newcastle won for the first time since 1972 at Old Trafford last season, with a single goal from Yohan Cabaye in the second half, and it’s 79 years since we had successive wins against the Red Devils.
Hopefully that will motivate our players tomorrow, but it’s still going to be a tough game for the lads – given we also have 10 players out through injury.
What do you think?
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