Pundits before the game against Manchester United were not shy in saying Newcastle had no chance against the great Manchester United, the second-placed side in the Premier League.
With all the talent on display, there’s just no way a Championship side like Newcastle could hold the club who has won the Premier League a massive 13 times and the (previous) First Division title 7 times.
They have been English Champions a record 20 times, and Liverpool have been English Champions 18 times but strangely have never won the Premier League.
Newcastle have had two weeks rest after our mammoth win, and we have played well before against top six sides and even took the lead – but we couldn’t keep up that form all game.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles – after the win against the Red Devils
The last time out we managed to do that and won the game as we harassed and even bullied the Red Devils players – who were not expecting that level of intensity from our side.
Jamaal Lascelles has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he talks initially about the break and then how we won the game against Manchester United – our first win against them for six years:
“For me personally I would have liked another game around the corner because the momentum was flying and everybody is confident.”
“But there’s been no harm having a little break, we just have to make sure we come back in refreshed and get back to the drawing board.”
“And prepare for getting a win at Bournemouth in the next game.”
“Everybody (pundits etc) always has something to say.”
“What they said about Man City is their opinion, but I think they were wrong because we almost got a creditable draw out of that game.”
“Against Manchester United, we played in a completely different way.” “We were aggressive and went to win second balls.”
“From start to finish, that’s what we set out to do and that’s exactly what we did.”
“Man United didn’t like that. A few times their players were stuck on the ball and I thought we were actually unfortunate not to go a couple of goals up.”
“I just thought the boys were fantastic and individually and collectively we were excellent.”
We certainly agree with that prognosis from the captain.
Another win at Bournemouth on Saturday would keep our momentum going, and we will rise above 13th position in the league table.
What do you think?