Moussa Sissoko has been one of those players talking up Newcastle’s chances in the return leg;
“There’s a sense of injustice in the team because of those (disallowed) goals.
Obviously it wasn’t good for us when the ‘goals’ were wrongly disallowed but referees can make mistakes.
It happens and you can’t allow it to affect you too much. The positive thing is that it hasn’t cost us the tie, we just have to do what we need to when we get another chance in the away leg.
Hopefully the goals will come in the Ukraine”.
Unfortunately, with the timing of the match only two and a half days before United face Southampton, combined with Newcastle’s league position, I find it hard to imagine Sissoko getting the opportunity to personally help us into the last sixteen.
In the cold light of day I can’t see a player like Sissoko who obviously puts so much into every match and is already looking pivotal to the rest of our season and beyond, being selected to play in the Ukraine.
It will be interesting to see who makes the starting eleven and the possibility of who won’t even travel.
If I had to second guess what will happen, I would name these four players not to be involved and maybe not even make the journey – Cabaye, Sissoko, Cisse and Santon.