Chancel Mbemba made a big impression on and off the pitch on Sunday.
The new signing putting in a performance full of promise, despite only having 28 minutes of football in pre season with Newcastle, whilst it was the first time he had partnered with Fabricio Coloccini.
However, even before kick-off, Chancel Mbemba was the talk of the toon as he turned up for the match in a Tuxedo, very much looking the part.
Which as United’s first team coach Paul Simpson explained, was just part of the plan.
Simpson saying that with Mbemma not speaking much English, it may have got ‘lost in translation’ for the DR Congo international when Steve McClaren and his coaching team asked the players to turn up in suits for a more professional look.
“We just think it is more professional, we like players turning up for home games…we understand at away games they might want to wear tracksuits because it is more comfortable, but for home games we just think that turning up in suits, and leaving the stadium in suits, makes them look better.
“I also know from my own playing days, when you turn up in a suit it is a statement that it is a match day, a proper working day – we’re here to do the business.
“He looked a million dollars turning up in full dinner suit and I thought he must have a function to go to that night.
“Whether it was lost in translation I don’t know….but he definitely looked the part and then took that into the game, because I thought he looked the part as well when he played.”