Newcastle might not have quite produced a goal or a win but Saturday’s performance received widespread praise, with BBC pundit Garth Crooks singling out one player for special praise.
Selecting his Premier League team of the week, Crooks picked Fabricio Coloccini out as the best Newcastle player and worthy of his best eleven from the weekend’s matches.
His choice echoes that of the Newcastle fans who chose the United Captain as their man of the match in our player ratings, see the full team results HERE, where you can also add your own to our interactive system.
Garth Crooks says that keeping Coloccini is one of the best decisions that Steve McClaren has made since coming into the club.
Garth Crooks Coloccini appraisal and his team of the week below
‘By the time manager Louis van Gaal had decided to dispense with the idea of Manchester United playing sideways (a feature that is killing Wayne Rooney), Fabricio Coloccini and his troops had well and truly bolted Newcastle’s gates.
The Argentine’s ability to organise his defence, even after Manchester United finally understood that playing forward wasn’t a criminal offence, was very impressive.
One of the many decisions the newly installed manager Steve McClaren has made since his arrival at St James’s Park is to retain the services of Coloccini. Probably not his most difficult decision but certainly one of his best.’
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