In a rousing build up to Saturday’s match, Alan Pardew has stated that ‘Everything points to Manchester United winning’!
Despite only a few injuries and Manchester United having many more, Pardew has adopted a defeatist tone that his team have mirrored in recent times.
Though interestingly he has also made grand claims that just like our visitors, Newcastle will be a ‘different force’ next season. As what Pardew says and what actually happens are often two separate things, I will reserve judgement.
“You have to say everything points to them winning this game and we have to turn that around.
“I think we will be a different force next year too, maybe not as good as them but we’ll be good too.”
The Newcastle manager then strangely starting talking about a massive miss being ‘technical players’ such as Davide Santon, players who ‘retain the ball and have intelligence going forward’….
“The thing about Davide is that he’s a technician. As a full-back we need technical players like him to the fore at the moment because that’s probably one of the big areas where we are falling down – in retaining the ball and having some intelligence going forward.
“So Davide offers us that whether he is left-back, right-back or indeed centre midfield where we played him this year, where I thought he did ok.”
So this is the same great technical player who looked lost most of the time at Chelsea playing in midfield and who was at fault for their crucial first goal. Pardew then sticking him straight back to left-back for the visit of Spurs where he humiliated Santon by dragging him off at half-time and it later being revealed that Pardew had nearly dragging him off during the second-half.
Then we had Santon’s return as a sub at Southampton where he came on at half-time for the woeful Mapou and instantly used his ‘technical’ expertise to gift the Saints their killer second goal.
I really like Santon but his game has gone way back under Pardew and for the manager to mess him about with regards to position and undermine him, then suddenly put him forward as somebody we have really missed is just plain mad.
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