Alan Pardew has been talking about how Newcastle are a different side from the one that beat Manchester United 1-0 in the fixture at Old Trafford last season, when Yohan Cabaye scored the only goal of the game after 61 minutes.
Yohan Cabaye after scoring the winner last season
We have lost Yohan, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy from that side, and of course they were three of our best players last season.
But the Newcastle manager points out that we have other attributes that we didn’t have last season, like speed on the break.
This is what the Newcastle manager said:
“We’re a very different team from last season.” “We were about possession-type football then, with Cabaye in the number ten role, and we haven’t got that type of player now.”
“We’re not going to be able to dictate like we did that day, but we’re a different side with different attributes. We have good pace on the break, and at times Manchester United have struggled with that this season.”
“We are always going to have a threat on the break with this team, and Manchester United will have to be wary of that.”
“You can sense a difference between last year and this year, and that’s mainly because there’s security at the club now,”
“Last year, they didn’t seem to have that security around David Moyes. But they’ve definitely got it this year.”
“I think the board have made a statement that van Gaal’s the man, and he’s made it very clear he’s their man too. Put that together, and they’ve got a great base for those great players, those great strikers.”
“They’ve had terrible injuries, like ourselves, but they’ve got a great chance of the Champions League and that’s what I think they’re really pushing for.”
With Manchester United using a three man back-line, there should be spaces to exploit, and their players are still getting used to how a 3-5-2 system works – so there could be some opportunities for Newcastle today.
But if we are going to get anything out of this game, the defense has to be in top form and so does young Jak Alnwick in goal.
Only 17% of fans think we can win this game, and over 70% think we will lose it – so there;s not exactly high expectations.
Of the three league games coming up by next Thursday, this is certainly the most difficult one, but we should be able to pick up some points at home to Everton and Burnley.
Anything we can get today will essentially be a bonus.
Well, at least that’s one way of thinking about it.
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