If the BBC would have you believe we were firmly under the cosh yesterday for most of the game. We struggled to create chances, gifted possession and could have given away a couple of penalties. What a load of bollocks.
David Moyes has brought a new dimension to man united, a revoluonary new tactic for
home games. It’s called ‘fall over a bit more’. Worst thing about this game, was that this tactic worked. I hate to sound like a broken record but another disgraceful refereeing performance saw Man Utd provide their only real threat to us to be honest – winning free kicks to get set pieces. We held the them in the first half, making them look toothless and exposing their over-hyped media favourites like Janusaj and Cleverly for the mediocre players they are. Cabaye got a great goal in the 2nd half and it was a case of hearts in mouths until the introduction on Ben Arfa who held onto possession and knocked the impeteous out of a jaded Man Utd. The pundits have a plethora of things to blame such as an apparent ‘handball’ by Anita whose arms were behind his back and the absence of Wayne Rooney. Truth is though, we made Man Utd look very very ordinary. 40 years since we beat these and we’ll take every glorious moment.
What a game. What a result. 40 odd bloody years. Our first win at Old Trafford in my lifetime. After Wednesday’s disappointment AP demanded a response from his troops and boy did he get one. This is the sort of clash Pardew is made for. A solid set up, try and retain possession and then grow into the game second half. Credit to him for bringing in Anita. The little Dutchman brought an added level of control to our midfield who were excellent to a man. Remy up top on his own, although now without a goal in 3, did everything that was asked of him and then some. Even in the dyeing embers of the match he was still running his socks off. The first half was rather cagey affair. Neither side really created a clear-cut chance until Debuchy drew a strong save from David De Gea in stoppage time, although Hernandez was fortunate to escape a booking for diving when he went down easily in the box. As the Old Trafford crowd grew restless our boys sniffed blood. Hatem was thrown on and immediately we were more of a threat. Shortly after we were ahead when Cabaye stroked the ball into the back of the net – albeit with an element of fortune. But fortune favours the brave and, a few hairy moments aside, we hung on well. For that final half hour the clock ticked agonisingly slowly. Come the final whistle though it was well worth it as the away end went crazy. In fact most of them are still in there now. With Yohan suspended for next week’s clash against Southampton, this is the perfect opportunity to slip Hatem back into the side. There’s little doubt we were better for him today. A result next week and we will be sitting pretty going into a tough Christmas Period.
It doesn’t get any sweeter than that does it? Forget the fact that this is the worst Man Utd team for a generation – winning at Old Trafford is a big, big deal. The best thing is – it was fully deserved. We can’t have the national press “blame” an exceptional goal keeping performance like they did with the Spurs game – they’ll have to give us some credit. As much as Pardew can get it wrong, when he gets it right…bloody hell.
That’s 5 victories in 6. Three of those coming against Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd. This just isn’t Newcastle United.
I think it’s well known that I’ve got something of man-crush on Yohan – and this is exactly why. He keeps pulling stuff like this out of the hat. He has been instrumental in our excellent start to the season.
We move on to a a period of games that we can be confident of picking up a couple of wins. Then beyond that…who knows.
Brilliant. Well done Pardew and the team.