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Manchester United Tactics Sure To Suit NUFC Game Plan

8 years ago

The Manchester United tactics are sure to suit Alan Pardew’s NUFC game plan but will the Newcastle players be good enough to take advantage?

While Swansea played keep ball and flooded the midfield, both Norwich and West Brom had slightly different ideas but the result was the same – try and stifle play in the middle of the pitch and don’t risk many men forward.

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Manchester United might have scored 22 in the Premier League but they have also let in 18.

Long gone are the days when a so solid Vidic and Ferdinand would put a formidable barrier in the way.

last season’s crazy Christmas period saw Newcastle unlucky to lose 4-3 and while I’m not claiming we’ll see quite that many goals…it wouldn’t surprise me.

I can only see a very open game with Manchester United committed to attack and get their season back in track, that 12 points gap to Arsenal at the top is bad enough for our Manchester friends but for Moyes to see five points and five teams between them and Champions League qualification, must have him looking over his shoulder at the spectre of Alex Ferguson.

Whatever formation and team selection Alan Pardew puts out, you can be assured the intention will be to break quickly at any opportunity.

Just like Swansea, Man Utd will be certainties to have more possession and territory but with the likes of Remy at the front end of players such as Gouffran and Sissoko who can break quickly, there will be sure to be chances at both ends.

Newcastle took advantage and scored three times last year, the only problem being the defence collapsed in the end.

My concern isn’t whether or not Newcastle can score because I’m sure they will given reasonable luck, it will be whether Krul and his defence can get into the right shape and frame of mind to keep the home side down to one or two goals at the very most?


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