Newcastle United vs Manchester United match banter!
Posted on October 7th, 2012 | 99 Comments |
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sunday, 7th Oct.
Kick off: 4:00pm
Referee: Howard Webb.
UK TV: Sky Sports 1.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s home game against Manchester United.
Well, there isn’t much we don’t know about this lot, not that it has helped us much! Whilst there have been moments of great triumph in the past, the last one of course being our 3-0 victory last season, and our most legendary being the 5-0 victory back in the “Entertainers” days of 1996, it must be said that our record against them is pretty dire over history, as it is for many clubs. This of course has been especially true since a certain red nosed manager came to the club on 6 November, 1986. After an erratic first few years with an 11th place finish in his first season, followed by a runners up spot in the first division, then a return to mid table, he has since gone on of course to be the most succesful and longest serving manager in Manchester United’s history.
This is not the place for extensive pre match trivia however, you will find all that, as well team news, possible line ups and just about everything else you might wish to know in the run up to the game in AndyMac’s extensive yet riveting match preview. However, I will mention some of what Alan Pardew has been saying in the run up to the game.
Buoyed by a confident and entertaining Europa League victory over Bordeaux on Thursday evening, but aware that things at the back may not be all they should be on both sides, he is expecting this to be a festival of goals! He said:
“Manchester United have had defensive issues and they’ve got injuries in that area, with Vidic and Jones. They are the same as us – we have no (Steven) Taylor, (Fabricio) Coloccini or Tim (Krul), so both teams are not as strong as they could be at the back. You cannot imagine it’s going to be 0-0.
“I’m sure Sir Alex will have worked on his back four, as we have, to make sure they are as drilled as possible. But with such brilliant flair players on the pitch as Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie, Demba Ba, Papiss and Ben Arfa, you can’t expect it to be anything but an entertaining game.”
“We could have done with an easer fixture to keep our rhythm going, as it’s hard to get rhythm against Manchester United. They pass the ball so well and have such great players. But in terms of momentum we couldn’t go in to it in a better mode. Hopefully we will take that into the game and give a good account of ourselves.”
Before I go I will just remind you, as I usually do, that I will be posting the team sheets for the game when they become available, as well as highlights, interviews, and possibly a full match video when the game is over. This match will be broadcast on SkySports 1 in the UK as well as other channels around the world, though I will also be posting some links to see the game for those who can’t get it.
Howay the lads!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper (G), David Santon, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Shane Ferguson, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Subs: Jak Alnwick (G), Danny Simpson, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.
Manchester United: (4-2-3-1): David De Gea (G), Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra (C), Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa, Robin Van Persie.
Subs: Anders Lindegaard (G), Scott Wootton, Paul Scholes, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez.