Newcastle star Tim Krul claims that some United players are ‘knackered’ ahead of the Northampton cup-tie tonight.
The Dutch keeper saying that the work the team put in at Old Trafford took a lot out of them, the implication being that Steve McClaren will have to take that into consideration when he is making his team selection.
With all the information available to managers/head coaches these days, McClaren will be aware of who put the most miles in on Saturday and also how each player has physically bounced back in the last few days.
Tuesday’s Capital One cup-tie will be the fourth game within a 17 day time period and all eyes will be on who the Newcastle Head Coach selects in his first cup-tie since arriving at St James Park.
Players such as Florian Thauvin, Rolando Aarons and Siem de Jong are expected to start, with fans taking more interest in seeing how these players get on, rather more than in previous second round League Cup matches.
Although you wouldn’t expect Tim Krul to count himself amongst the ‘knackered’ players, it is thought that Karl Darlow will get his first chance in goak, with his former Forest teammate Jamaal Lascelles also a possibility, even though he hasn’t featured in the 18 man Premier League match day squads so far.
“To have a good cup run is massive because we haven’t been doing well in them at all.
“You need to manage it right because the way that the boys put the effort in (v Man Utd), it takes a lot out of you.”
“You just have to manage it right because if we want to do the same on Saturday – and I think the manager will know it – a few of the boys in there are absolutely knackered.
“And that is what it’s all about but we are definitely pushing for a good cup run.”