Alan Shearer has been the target of a bit more Manchester United taunting.
However, he is obviously quite used to it over the years.
Having chosen to sign for Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan, rather than Manchester United and Alex Ferguson, the bitterness has always been there from a club and supporters who arrogantly always expected back then, for every player to choose them.
Alan Shearer though chose to come back home and had a brilliant 10 years. Yes, no trophies at Newcastle but so many great memories as he became the club’s greatest ever goalscorer and set a Premier League record which might never be beaten.
The latest to have a go is embarrassingly the local press in the north west:
Manchester Evening News via Twitter:
“It is 13 years since Manchester United thrashed Newcastle 6-2.
“When the bitter Alan Shearer fouled his way through the 2nd half.”
As it happens, they have actually got it wrong, as it was 14 years ago that match, on 12 April 2003.
It was actually the sixth last game of the Premier League season and Sir Bobby Robson’s team were still a live outside bet to win the title going into the game, behind Manchester United and Arsenal.
A run of seven wins and two draws in a nine game run had put Newcastle in with a chance but three defeats in a row (Man Utd the middle one) killed it off, NUFC winning just two of their final seven games.
Newcastle United eventually finished third in the Premier League on 69 points, nine behind Arsenal and fourteen adrift of Manchester United.
The game actually started off so well, with Jermaine Jenas scoring a cracking 25 yarder after 21 minutes and Shola Ameobi added a second on 89 minutes.
The only problem being that Giggs, Van Nistelrooy, Solskjaer and Scholes (3) hit back with six goals in between, in a 26 minute period between 32 and 58 minutes. (Watch all the goals below, although maybe best to enjoy the Jenas strike and then switch off…)
Alan Shearer responding to the Manchester Evening News, telling them to try and move on at last after he turned Man Utd down…twice!
“You said it yourself. 13 years!
“Let it go man. I said no….twice. Try and move on.”
12 April 2003
Newcastle United 2 Manchester United 6
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