Saturday brings our third game of 2015/16 and in my opinion the best away day of any season as we head to Old Trafford, since the flat performance at Swansea where we shot ourselves in the foot with some slack defending and ill-discipline.
We’ve added to our ranks with 21 year old Florian Thauvin who brings with him a box of tricks and a bangin’ chick to boot; she’s certain to be a great signing for the city of Newcastle. In all seriousness I think the man signed from Marseille represents the most exciting of our summer signings and is the cutting edge wideman we’ve been crying out for. I’d love to see us sign one or two more defenders, that and a cleaning up of the squad by selling on the deadwood would represent a very successful transfer window and would begin to give off the impression that the powers that be have learned from previous mistakes. Most notable rectifications being buying before selling and shelling out that bit extra for the first choice target rather than deliberately targeting bargain basement/players coming towards the end of their contracts.
In terms of selection and tactics on Saturday I really hope we go for the throat of Man United, despite them regaining a Champions League spot and winning all of their competitive matches this season there is still a sense of vulnerability that surrounds that team ever since Ferguson left. Old Trafford is a big old pitch and they have struggled in the last two years against teams with pace in the attacking areas who have been able to use the full width of the pitch, feel as though this could be the game for Aarons to step into the side and hopefully Sissoko can make this fixture despite last weeks withdrawal for this reason. Due to Janmaat’s stupidity and lack of cover McClaren has a decision to make as to who plays right back with Anita and Taylor the favourites, a start for the former would probably mean a return to the side of Tiote which would give me cause for concern; I’m not sure he fits into what McClaren is trying to build and looked shot to pieces when he came on against Southampton.
As silly as it sounds I’m actually more confident of our chances in this match than I was for last weeks encounter with Swansea, given the nature of Man United’s two league wins this season and coming off the back of the uncertainty surrounding De Gea’s future and failure to get the signature of Pedro there is the potential to give them a shock. Certainly looking at our last two visits to Old Trafford, the 1-0 win in December 2013 and the Boxing Day defeat where we matched them all over the park during the first half it seems as though the fear factor has gone.