Thierry Henry has been having his say about Rafa Benitez’ arrival at St James Park.
The former Arsenal striker is the latest to say how much he was impressed by the raised level of Newcastle’s performance against league leaders Leicester.
Thierry Henry thinks that in the space of a few days, Benitez managed to get the United players looking ‘like a unit’, something which he points out, hasn’t been the case for a ‘very long time, especially away from home’.
Newcastle limited Leicester to only one shot on target, whilst at the same time creating a handful of opportunities at the other end.
Henry thinks that Newcastle were showing a bravery that hasn’t been the case under Steve McClaren and were prepared to defend and attack.
Whilst United didn’t get the point they deserved at the King Power stadium, Thierry Henry believes that everything is set up for Newcastle to end Sunderland’s winning run in the derbies and that Rafa will have ‘something up his sleeve’.
Thierry Henry talking to Sky Sports:
“They were compact (v Leicester), with no distances between the lines – they were trying to be brave, passing the ball forward, running forward.
“I know that it’s an easy thing to say but they had the desire to defend and attack.
“They had a couple of chances and they had a togetherness – they looked like a unit and I don’t think this has happened for a very long time, especially away from home.
“So when Newcastle play at home (on Sunday v Sunderland) I’m sure that there will be no need to remind the fans that they haven’t beaten them for a very long time.”
“I think that it will be the end of the run of Sunderland, I am sure that he (Rafa Benitez) has something up his sleeve – he always has.”