Jamie Carragher thinks Norwich played right into Newcastle’s hands on Sunday but believes United might do the same when they play Sunderland.
The TV pundit thought Newcastle were excellent – Mitrovic, Wijnaldum and Sissoko in particular, but that they never could have expected to get so much space in the visitors’ half of the pitch.
With Newcastle having looked vulnerable at the back, Carragher thinks Norwich set out to exploit that and ended up paying the price.
However, like many others Jamie Carragher compared Sunday to a basketball match with numerous chances at both ends, if Norwich had scored when well on top at 2-3, then the match could have had a totally different outcome, especially if the woodwork hadn’t saved United trice.
As for the derby game, Carragher makes Sunderland favourites due to home advantage and the recent record in derbies.
Not surprisingly the former Liverpool player thinks Sam Allardyce will keep it much tighter than Norwich and rely on more limited opportunities, which Carragher is confident will come, judging by Newcastle’s defensive limitations.
Jamie Carragher speaking on Sky Sports:
“I think Norwich came into the game thinking Newcastle were under pressure and were going to be really adventurous from the start of the game.
“Norwich did play into Newcastle’s hands but they could argue that scoring two goals and hitting the woodwork twice…a naivety to Norwich and the manager said it himself with taking (defensive midfielder) Alex Tettey off (at 3-2).”
“Aleksandar Mitrovic a great finish and since he and Ayoze Perez have become a partnership, they’ve looked like a different side.
“Moussa Sissoko outstanding and Wijnaldum looks a player, not just the four goals, his all round play as well.
“Newcastle go bouncing into that derby full of confidence but the worry is that Norwich scored two, hit the woodwork twice and they still look like they will concede goals.”
“I’d still make Sunderland slight favourites because they’re at home and the (recent) record.
“Sam has gone to West Brom, taken a 1-0 defeat, but you would expect him to keep it tight, be organised, make it difficult for Newcastle and there will be opportunities for them at the other end.”