Paul Simpson insists that there is no panic within St James Park and they haven’t declared a ‘state of emergency’ after failing to win any of the first four Premier League matches.

The first team coach says that it is ‘stating the bleeding obvious’ that United have to keep 11 on the pitch, after two red cards in the last three games, but believes that if they can sort out that disciplinary problem then the team can put on a ‘good show’ against anybody.

Simpson believes that the reaction from the fans on the day of the Arsenal match shows that they are sticking with and believe in the players, with the character and effort shown, being more than enough to keep the fans onboard despite results so far.

Paul Simpson speaking to the club’s official TV channel:

“We know we need to keep 11 on the pitch, that’s stating the bleeding obvious – if we can do that we can out on a good show.

“We are not panicking, that’s one thing I can say for sure. Yes we all want to win games but there is no state of panic, no state of emergency here.”


“We want to win a game, we want to give our magnificent supporters something to really shout about, we have had incredible support from our fans.

“The atmosphere against Arsenal…the players responded but I think the fans responded because they can see the players are trying to do the right things.”

The hordes turned back:

“Trying to work hard and at the end of the game when the players went over to applaud the fans, it was fantastic to see that they’d stayed.

“We’d lost the game and everybody goes away disappointed. At the final whistle most fans stood up to go but when they saw the players were showing their appreciation, there were hordes of them turning back to show their appreciation.”