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Why Alex Ferguson Fears Newcastle United

Some good news for a change for Newcastle fans, is that Cheick Tiote will return from his two match suspension tomorrow night, against the might of Manchester United.

Cheick Tiote – after scoring his only goal for Newcastle

And then captain Kevin Nolan will return for the important game at Blackpool on Saturday, so we just have to hope we have no more injuries in training or in the game tomorrow night, so Newcastle can start to field some strong sides in the remaining 6 games of the season.

It also could be that Dan Gosling, now back training with the first team, will make the bench soon, maybe even for the game at Bloomfield Road, and that would be great news.

And we expect Ben Arfa to be back in a few games, all being well, and maybe even for the game at Liverpool on Sunday,1st May – which is in two weeks time.

Cheick Tioté will return to the first team tomorrow, and it would appear that Danny Guthrie will get another chance to show he’s  good enough to stay at Newcastle, and is likely to be the attacking central midfielder.

And Shola Ameobi is only 50-50 for tomorrow’s game so if he doesn’t make it,  it will be very interesting to see who would get the start alongside Peter Lovenkrands – we have no idea who will start, but it’s between Ranger, Kuqi and maybe Phil Airey.

Not much of a choice for manager Alan Pardew to have these days – and count me out  – because I couldn’t find where I left my boots 30 years ago. 😀

Alan Pardew talked about the very tough game against the Red Devils tomorrow night:

“I think it’s a fixture that I genuinely believe Manchester United boss, Alex Ferguson,  will be very wary of.”

“Maybe not so much because he fears us as a team, but because he fears the ground and the sort of reaction that it can inspire the team to do.”

“For example, the Arsenal game. Four-nil down and our first goal goes in and suddenly, suddenly you felt the ground erupt and impact on the game.”

“That’s what he’ll fear perhaps more than the team. But I honestly believe that he’ll genuinely fear this game.”

With Shola Ameobi still maybe crocked for the game, Shefki Kuqi will feature at some stage, and he’s never played against the likes of a Manchester United.

He must be dreaming that Alan Pardew brings him on in the last 10 minutes with the scores all level, and he get the winner in injury time.

If that happens he’d be the Toast of Tyneside, and Shefki will in later years be able to tell his grandchildren what he did against the mighty Red Devils – again and again and again and again  …….

We’d be ecstatic if that happened tomorrow night, but the conventional wisdom is the Manchester United machine will just be too revved up and too powerful for a rather ordinary looking Newcastle side in recent games.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • NI Toon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I would honestly would be delighted to take anything form this game but I just hope we dont get a bad result and affect confidence and moral…

    Off Topic –
    I have just seen that Bassong is considering his future at spurs.
    Maybe a cheeky bid of £3-4mil for him?

    Would you want to have him back with us?

  • MonsterMagnet

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, Kuqi certainly has payed against Man Utd – who could forget the 05/06 season, when Blackburn beat Man Utd twice, with Kuqi playing in the 4-3 home win.

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    NUFC Shd try to sign any 1 of these

    Alexsis sanchez
    Javier pastore
    Edinson cavani
    Mario Goetze
    Juan Mata
    Sergio canales

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Kuqi Will Grab a Goal I can see It With Jonas getting The Winner !!!!!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Hate to say it but I think we’ll get stuffed but one can hope & pray that we get something. A lot does depend upon the crowd if they get behind the lads then anything is possible

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    NI Toon,
    Bassong can go f*** himself!!
    He is nothing but a minging Rat…….

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Great bit of business selling Bassong to Spurs for £8 million and replacing him with Willo for £1 million…would never have him back NI Toon he is no better than what we have already.

  • lewman

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    i can just see the poo dripping out of fergie’s trouser leg right now.

  • NI Toon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9

    @ Angryman the Angry fan

    Your too shy, you need to try and express your opinion more mate 🙂

    I must admitt it did seem like he was more than happy to jump ship after we brought him into the spotlight.
    Good player and still young though.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Jonny Evans would be a good buy for CB..

  • dave_barron363

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #11

    @ Indian Magpie

    Are you dreaming?! One of those players would cost basically all of our £35million “spending money”. We need to think more realistic like, Gameiro, Gervinho, Sow, Kranjcar and the like!

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #12

    i said any 1 of those, we should certainly try. may not get any but shows intent

  • NI Toon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #13

    @Shot Bru
    I agree, would like Evans play for us but can’t see Man U getting rid. They could be looking at Smalling – Evans as their future partnership.

    I really believe Aaron Hughes was a big mistake, letting him go for so little. Just because he was used anywhere along the back and could play there, once given a settled CB spot he could have saved us a lot of money trying to buy in expensive forgein players…

  • traceline

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Fergie wont be fearing us tomorrow – he might be “wary”, but fear wont cross his mind.

    Anything less than a 3 goal humping from manu would be a beyond expectation result for me.

    Tho we can always dream for more (and, I’ve been wrong already this season, I expected the same from the arsenal games…)

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Buy any of the following:

    Balasz Dzsudzsak LW
    Jeremaine Lens RW/ST
    Jonny Evans CB
    Josh Carson CM/ST
    Park Chu Young ST
    Emillio Izaguirre LB
    Kevin Gameiro ST

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #16

    NI Toon you are possibly right about Evans…a cheeky bid wouldn’t go amiss or even a loan for next season…i reckon Evans playing alongside Colo would add more composure to the heart of our defence.

  • Local Hero

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17




    Gervinho—————-Ben Arfa——-Dzsudzsak

    —————–doumbia/Gameiro/ sow

    Would cost between 40m – 50m (we’ve got that when enrique goes)

    Quality team which would be pushing for top 6 finish and are realistic buys.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #18

    i hope is not 0-3. Hoping the best fear the worst

  • NI Toon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #19

    @ Local Hero

    If we could get a few players of real quality it could still make the Carroll deal look like a get bit of business.
    Daniel Sturridge is looking every bit of the player he was believed to be when Chelsea nabbed him.
    I would love us to buy him, fast, great left foot, can play off the last defender and also collect the ball short.
    People forget the lad is over 6ft tall so is not a small striker.

  • NI Toon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #20

    *Great bit of business

  • Local Hero

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #21

    @ NI Toon

    Ashley isnt going to spend over 10m on one player so sturridge is very unlikely


    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #22

    @ NI Toon

    As said in an earlier post I would love to sign Sturidge and I dont think it would be impossible

  • Local Hero

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Spend the 35m from carol on a striker and 2 wingers which can play upfront if needed.

    Then the money from enrique if he goes goes on improving the defense.

  • NI Toon

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #24

    @Local Hero
    You are probably right, but I would see Sturridge as less of a risk as he has played in the premiership so we know he can play there and for Bolton he has looked a different class.
    Bringing in a foreign player for 9-10mil with the possibility he will not cut it in premiership is more risky.

    Then again who knows what Ashley will spend, could be £10mil altogether and not just on a single player knowing how previous windows have went. All hype then not much to show.

    Anyone care to guess what they think Sturridge would go for in the summer? Also will Chelsea consider keeping him to play with Torres if Drogba moves?

  • Local Hero

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #25

    well with chelsea’s pricing with torres valued at 50m and he cant even connect with the ball I think sturridge would be available for around 80m

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Local Hero….the 2 PSV wingers Dzsudzsak and Lens have been sensational in the Europa league this season…we should offer PSV £15-£20 million for the pair and use Jonas as back up as he can operate on both wings and as an emergency RB. Lens can also play as a ST as he did to great effect on thursday against Benfica. Both have pace and crucially CAN cross a ball, also Dzsudzsak is 2 footed, takes a great free-kick and scores goals.

  • Local Hero

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #27

    would be a perfect duo buy . then you would just get a powerful striker for around 10m then ur sorted going forward. Any defense in the prem would be kaking their pants

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28


    V.D Wiel-Wilo-Colo-Enrique
    Lens Jonas
    Ben Arfa


    Second XI:

    (free) (free)
    Altintop Ferguson


    I’d sign Wickham too (£10m), if possible, then loan him back to Ipswich (the deal breaker).

    Imagine that Dutch duo charging down the right, combined with our already potent left. Ben Arfa/Sturridge could strike up a similar relationship to Ben Arfa/. Threats all over the pitch!!

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #29


    V.D Wiel-Wilo-Colo-Enrique
    Lens——Ben Arfa——Jonas

    Same formation applies to the second string, if this works? 😉

  • GeordieRob

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Off topic too… I’ll put my head in the Lion’s mouth… Feel free to shoot this down.

    The problem with importing overseas players into defensive positions is that it generally takes awhile for them to get used to the EPL style. Happened with a few NUFC defenders over the years, some still wear the shirt.

    So, what about Robert Huth? Tall. Can score a goal. Not a bad defender. Only 26. Has international experience and off contract next year. He’s also been willing to knock back bigger offers in preference for playing week in-week out at Stoke.

    £7-10m probably won’t get much back at the end of the contract, but it might be worth it if we’re going to push onto bigger and better things.

    No-one’s said anything about him, so I assume no-one’s interested. Shoot away.

  • daneevz

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #31

    it be 3-0 manure as it normally round that scoreline but hopefully be 3-0 toon


    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Fergie aint gonna be scared of us!

    Wary, maybe!

    Hopefully we,ll hold them till half time! But we ,ve played them at home and been stuffed in the last 20 minutes!
    It would be superb to get something from the game! But, sorry Ed i just can,t see it happening.

    At least Tiote is back, it would be just our luck though if he got a direct Red and suspended for three games.
    Now that would really piss me off!

  • Toonbyblood

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Would love to see a colossal referee mistake gift newcastle a spot kick 3 minutes after injury time is up and nick a winner.

    YEAH BOY!!

  • bainbridge2930

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #34

    @ Geordie Rob: Robert Huth….. interesting. Why are we still wanting Elmander? Has very poor form of late, pretty much seems to have fizzled out. Plus how realistic is Gervinho/Sow? If their THAT good why would they come here? Surley other, bigger clubs will be after them. Think some people are still on football manager making these outrageous wishlists. Not going to happen. Sorry for putting a downer on it 😀

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Apparently there was a lot of shouting and throwing of things in the dressing room at half time against Arsenal. So I hope Pardew’s got a large suitcase with him tomorrow and his wife has an empty kitchen.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 18, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #36

    Aaahhhh us Newcastle fans…we live in hope. It’s good to dream and winning tomorrow is a good one 🙂

  • MadAboutToon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #37

    (NI TOON) bassong is sh!t he’s not good enough for the PL, in fact i think he’s not good enough to play amateur. how anyone can rate him 8mil i’ll never kno, but i did find it funny

  • Brutooon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Cheeky bid on bassong or evans are a good choice


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