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McClaren – Players We’ve Brought In Are Winners

12:11 am, Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Newcastle have a really tough game at Old Trafford today, and if we can get a point out of that game, it would be a good result.

The Red Devils have won both their first two league games of the season 1-0, and they won 3-1 on Tuesday night in their Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge.

Louis van Gaal and Alan Pardew

Last season at Old Trafford – we lost 3-1

Newcastle were very disappointing last Saturday when we were simply outplayed by a much better Swansea team, so this game today will be a good test of the new team under head coach Steve McClaren and his newly formed coaching staff.

This is some of what Steve McClaren has said about the game in his press conference on Friday:

“It’s fantastic, many people would think it’s not a good fixture for us with our new look squad, but it’s going to be a good chance for us really up our performance.”

“We took a step back last week after a promising start against Southampton,  but now it’s about moving forward in terms of our performance, attitude and the football we play.”

“Hopefully then we can become a side that teams will start to dread playing.”

“They’ve won every game.” “I don’t think there’s a team in the Premier League at the moment, bar maybe Manchester City, who will be more satisfied with the way they’ve started and the football they are playing.”

“There is a lot of talk of them not doing this or not doing that and I know from my days there that there always will be that pressure and expectation to play free-flowing, attacking football.”

“However, the important thing for them is that they are winning efficiently and winning well, which they’ve shown over the past few games.”

“At this stage, everyone is still searching for their ideal team because of the short pre-season, and Manchester United are no different.”

“The players we’ve brought in are winners and they will be wanting to start winning games as soon as possible, starting at Old Trafford.”

“We are bringing players in here with character and winners and they have an edge, but it has be controlled otherwise we get punished like we did last week.”

Steve was quite emphatic in saying that all the players we have bought in this summer are good buys and they have good characters, and they are winners.

It’s going to be tough today at Old Trafford and we’ll be pleased enough if we can come away with a draw.

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  • 1 toonicle // Aug 22, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Start this team and attack them from the get go, don’t let them get settled let’s at least go down fighting.

    Anita/Taylor – Mbemba – colo – Haidara
    Sissoko – Colback

  • 2 Menelauos // Aug 22, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    My line up:


    I’d be happy with Aaron or Obertan starting in either spot on the wing.
    And only Tiote if he’s fit, Taylor starts cause I think he compliments Mbemba’s style better.
    Don’t start Cisse he’s an impact player at best now. Mitrovic has a lot to prove, and Showed promise against Arsenal in a weaker squad.

  • 3 Our Toon // Aug 22, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Hate to say it but man utd are strongest down there left side and we are without the only recognised RB of any note at the club. Anita isn’t strong enough nor quick enough to face Depay, Depay will always be looking to get in behind or cutting in to shoot. Mbemba has the defensive capabilities, pace and strength to try to cope with the threat of Depay but also the threat of Shaw. Anita couldn’t even track the of Ayew last week so playing him at RB is asking for a hammering.

    Fitness concerns over Sissoko and Tiote, SDJ is back, would it make more sense to drop Wijnaldum back into midfield as the box to box player/ deep playmaker and have SDJ in he no10 role with Mitrovic upfront? Give us presence and intelligence up top.

    I wouldn’t play Thauvin as he’s probably had 1 training session with the lads, no one will know his game and more importantly we’ve worked on a game plan all week and the little fella won’t know what that is, impact sub would be a good role for him. Wouldn’t risk Sissoko from the start, again impact sub if needed. Obertan as much as I think he’s pants will start and would make sense to have him on our right and there left to deal with Shaw bombing forward from LB. On the other wing it’s a toss up between Aarons and Perez, honestly can’t make my mind up as to which one of these 2 should start!!

    Centrally Rooney has looked piss poor so far (nothing new for him) but no doubt he’ll find form for this 1 game before going back to being average 90 percent of the time. I’d play saylor because they won’t have a striker looking to get in behind all the time and Rooney will look to drop deep. Colo and should be able to deal with that, Haidara at LB against Januzaj or Mata, Tiote if fit as the holding man playing with Wijnaldum if fit!!

  • 4 Menelauos // Aug 22, 2015 at 1:07 AM


    Obertan==De Jong==Aarons

    That does sound better than my line up. I was hoping Sissoko would play as I reckon he could do damage to Man Uniteds defence. And you have a good point about Thauvin only having one session. But I have a feeling McClaren wouldn’t play without Colback. Sadly.. so I can imagine Winjaldum back as a number 10.. I think it’s be a risk to start De Jong in such a big game anyway.

  • 5 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 22, 2015 at 5:40 AM

    I imagine Colback will start every game, as disappointing a thought as that is. That’s what you’ll get from a manager like McClaren. Old school English-style who values graft above ability. Let’s count how many times Wor Jackie passes the ball sideways or backwards tonight.

  • 6 robmefirst // Aug 22, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Overrated Frenchmen

    There’s nothing wrong with passing sideways or backwards. Part of the problem we had with Pardew and Carver was that we played counter attack for 90 minutes. There’s no ways you can always catch a team on the break and have more than 45% possession. The way we played against Southampton was good. Long time since we last held the ball and looked present in a game. That comes with possession.

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