I have once again started to watch Match of The Day this season, once John Carver added an extra level of stupidity last season it all became a bit too much, especially having to watch Geordie icon Alan Shearer squirming in the studio as he reviewed the latest rubbish performance.
The Southampton game was enjoyable watching it in the flesh, then later on MOTD it was good to see again, with at least as many positives as negatives and of course Wijnaldum’s goal.
Last week against Swansea it was a horrific sight on the BBC (I didn’t have the ‘pleasure’ of going to Wales myself) but despite how hopeless our players were, it was still interesting to watch and wonder what Steve McClaren will do to sort out Newcastle United on the pitch.
Yesterday, great trip to Old Trafford and as good as we could have expected, riding our luck for first 20 minutes and a few scares in second half, but otherwise decent defending for a change and a few good chances for Newcastle as well, Mitrovic unlucky to see his quality header come back off the crossbar.
After a Saturday night out, I’ve just got round to watching the MOTD highlights, with Alan Shearer and (Hippo Head) Allardyce in the studio.
The highlights were a fair relection of the game but I thought my hangover was playing tricks with my hearing as I listened to the pundits afterwards.
Alan Shearer asked about Wayne Rooney’s goal drought:
“It might have been very different if this one (offside goal) had been allowed , which it probably should have been, because if there is any doubt whatsoever – the benefit should go to the forward.
“This isn’t helping him, the system that they are playing, for the majority of the time he is fighting two centre-halves and United played a lot of their things in front of Newcastle. A lot of square balls which allow Newcastle to get men behind the ball.
“…it is a problem for United because they don’t create that many chances.”
Straight away, watching Newcastle fans took to Twitter to question what on earth a Newcastle UNITED legend is doing calling another team ‘United’.
Alan Shearer felt he had to defend himself and replied:
“Because if I say Manchester it could be City & if I say United & United it would be confusing #dontquestionmyunited”
Well sorry Alan but that is a poor excuse and I’m sure you know it.
Sadly, like the rest of us are all prone to, he is a victim of peer pressure and mixing in a different environment where no doubt he feels he has to conform, maybe he has even had a word in his ear.
So if Alan Shearer is in the pub (golf club/wherever) back home today with his mates and they are talking about yesterday’s match, does the Geordie legend say ‘Yes I thought United started well, United missed early chances, United could have lost it at the end etc etc etc’?
Obviously not, he would say something along the lines of ‘I thought Man U started well, Man U missed early chances..but Newcastle improved and were unlucky with Mitrovic header….’ and so on.
There really is no excuse Alan, we (Newcastle) are United and everybody else is Manchester United/Man U, Manchester City/Man City or whatever.
No Newcastle fan growing up in the north east, unless they are feeble/easily brainwashed by Sky TV speak, would ever call any other team United.
If you say are Newcastle fans who grow up a kids of an exiled Geordie in Manchester, then your everyday speak may well include constant references to United and City because that is the environment you have grown up in.
However, Alan, you are a big boy and you know right from wrong, so please do the decent thing next time and don’t be swayed by your new friends.
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