Newcastle’s dynamic duo of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin has gotten off to a decent start to the campaign. Our two forwards have combined for 3 goals and 1 assist in the opening three EPL matches.
However, Newcastle have failed to make their contributions at the top end of the pitch count with just one point over that stretch. One of our major issues has been conceding soft goals at inopportune times.
That was no more apparent than against Southampton just before the international break. Saint-Maximin gave Newcastle the lead late with his stoppage-time strike only to give away a penalty after some panicked defending a few minutes later.
Newcastle have a very difficult fixture looming when the season restarts on Saturday. A trip to Old Trafford and Manchester United is on the horizon which is hardly a match you crave when looking for your first win of the campaign.
Allan Saint-Maximin has spoken to NUFC TV and feels Newcastle can pick up a result despite how formidable our opponent is. Here is what Allan said about Saturday’s match:
“We have a tough game at the weekend against Manchester United. We are working a lot in our training and that’s why I feel a little bit tired. It’s really important.
“We need a win. We need a win for the start of the season. Even if we play against Manchester United, we know if every player gives the best they can give, we can win this game. So let’s do it.”
We are still sweating out the availability of Callum Wilson for Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford. The striker was forced off with a thigh injury against The Saints.
Hopefully, Wilson will be available as his absence will make Saturday’s task that much more difficult. If Callum can’t go, it’ll likely be either Joelinton or Dwight Gayle to get their first start in the league this season.
Every match is a tough one in the Premier League. After thrashing Leeds 5-1 on opening day, The Red Devils have eeked out two away results – a 1-1 draw at Southampton and a 1-0 win at Wolves.
Saint-Maximin watched the match at Molineux on television and has taken some belief away from what he witnessed. The Frenchman feels Wolves had chances to pick up a result and believes Newcastle can do just that if he and his teammates are at their best:
“The Premier League is really tough. I saw their game against Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton had a lot of chances to win the match.
“Even though it’s Manchester United, they are not like other teams. We have to keep going and try to do the best things we can do to win this game.
“If we cannot win, we don’t have to lose and that’s the mentality we need to have.”
The focus on Saturday will be the return of Ronaldo to Manchester United. The 36-year-old is likely to feature in some capacity. Saint-Maximin was asked about Ronaldo’s return and this was his response:
“To be honest, even before Ronaldo signed, they had a great team.
“So for sure, with Cristiano Ronaldo now, they can look much better but we have to stay focused because if we just think about Ronaldo, we’re going to lose the game for sure.
“So we just have to stay focused and to feel like it’s just football, and if you give your best and give everything, anything can happen, so we have to do it.”
Saint-Maximin has a chance to upstage Ronaldo and I’m sure he’s itching to do just that. The Frenchman loves a stage and Saturday is a grand opportunity for him to strut his stuff.