Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has just named his team for the tough home game against Manchester United tonight – and the game will be watched by Newcastle’s two new signings – Henri Saivet from Bordeaux and Jonjo Shelve from Swansea.
Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini (c), Dummett, Sissoko, Colback, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic
Subs: Darlow Lascelles Sterry Gouffran de Jong Marveaux Toney
So it looks like both Kevin Mbabu and Florian Thauvin didn’t make the game through injury niggles and in comes Jack Colback for Kevin Mbabu.
The two new players will be introduced to the crowd at St. James’ Park at 7:30 – just 15 minutes before the game starts.
Hopefully that will give the fans and the players a big lift – help is on the way.
But first things first and the lads must go all out to try to get all 3 points tonight.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about the game tonight and he has asked the fans to support the team throughout the game – whatever happens:
“We desperately need the fans on our side,” “We need a similar atmosphere to what they produced against Liverpool and Everton, so they can get behind the players and get the place rocking.”
“It can really bring the performance out of the team and we’ll need that against Manchester United.”
“You’d say a goalless draw is the odds-on result,” “Then again, it could be 3-3 and everyone breaks their duck. You just don’t know. We just want to start well and put in a good performance.”
“Manchester United are a dangerous team with very good players who can control a game and hurt you on their day. We’ve got to make sure they don’t.”
“They’re still title contenders, I think everyone in the top six or seven has it in them to go on a good run of games and Manchester United are more than capable of doing that.”
“We need to keep doing what we’ve been doing with our performance, but make sure we finish off at the other end.”
“We can take something from our performance at Old Trafford earlier in the season and be a side that’s hard to beat, hopefully show some end product and get the right result.”
Just over one in three fans think we can win this game – let’s hope they are right.
Just less than one in two fans think we will lose this game.
Howay The Lads!!