With no goals since the start of April, Wayne Rooney is having a goal drought and is perceived as having had a poor start to the season.
Despite leading the line after Manchester United let both Van Persie and Falcao go, Rooney has now added three more goalless matches to the total despite his team starting with three wins.
Now Newcastle first team coach Paul Simpson says that with their work ethic and the quality of football the United players can produce, they are capable of making sure the radio shows on Saturday night are still talking about a disappointing start to the season for Wayne Rooney.
Paul Simpson talking to NUFC TV:
“Hopefully the players selected will go out and show the right level of commitment, the right level of discipline, the right level of football, that we are looking for. If so, hopefully it will make it a much better trip home from Manchester (compared to Swansea).
“If you don’t want to be involved in games like this against Manchester United, you shouldn’t be involved in football.”
“I’m sure we are as excited about the fixture as all the supporters are going into it. Don’t get me wrong, we go into it with a little concern because we know what they are capable of – but we also know what we are capable of.
“We know the type of football we can produce, the type of work ethic that we have got in our camp.”
Still talking about a disappointing Wayne Rooney on Saturday night…:
“Wayne Rooney is a leader, he leads by example. We have got to go up against that type of player and come out on top.
“Hopefully when all the radio shows go out on Saturday night, they are still talking about Wayne Rooney having a disappointing start to the season.
“We will prepare properly, we will be ready for it, to go out on that stage and hope the players enjoy it, that they perform.”