Alan Pardew once again makes it up as he goes along
I never cease to be impressed by Alan Pardew’s ability to say things that have no basis in reality.
The Newcastle manager quite happily says whatever he likes, which leaves you thinking, does he honestly believe what he is coming out with?
The latest from ‘Pards’ sees him saying the following
“The big reason we have done well at Old Trafford is because we retained the ball and had an equal share of possession.
“With this particular Manchester United side, if they get to 60% of the possession, you have got no chance of winning the game because of players like Rooney, Di Maria and Van Persie.
“They are just top talent and if they get enough of the ball they are going to score a goal.”
One thing that the United boss does get right is that when Newcastle won here 1-0 last season, they did match Manchetser United for possession, actually getting 53% (BBC Sport), just shading it. Sadly though today Newcastle don’t have the quality of players such as Cabaye and Remy to enable United to play ‘keep ball’.
The idea of Pardew even attempting to match Man Utd for possession is laughable, never in a million years will he be trying that one.
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Alan Pardew will approach this match exactly the same as he does every single other game against anybody who is decent, or at least who Pardew believes that to be the case.
Newcastle United’s four best results of this season have seen the following shares of possession (again according to BBC Sport) for those in black and white;
30% v Manchester City (League Cup)
33% v Spurs (Premier League)
33% v Chelsea
35% v Liverpool
Both Manchester City and Chelsea are far superior to Man Utd when it comes to their attacking play and have scored eight (Chelsea) and six (Man City) goals more in the Premier League this season than Van Gaal’s team.
Alan Pardew will have the midfield sitting on top of his defence as usual, praying that the opposition don’t get through and we somehow score a goal on the break.
If Newcastle do indeed get an equal share of the possession this afternoon then I will definitely need a drink, whatever the result.
Worth having a read of this article earlier today talking about the likely formation for Newcastle United today.
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