The view from Borussia Monchengladbach is that Newcastle caused them most problems when playing long balls.
A bit ironic when Steve McClaren is trying to introduce a more pleasing on the eye passing game, than the long ball football Alan Pardew primarily relied on.
In an appraisal of Saturday’s match posted on the official Borussia Monchengladbach website, they acknowledge that Newcastle hitting the woodwork twice was on the lucky side for the visitors.
This was the Bundesliga side’s eighth friendly of the season and have win five and drawn three (in normal time – lost one of them on penalties in a pre-season competition).
So no disgrace for United against a very decent team but as the Germans accept, it wasn’t the greatest game in terms of open football so you wonder just how much Steve McClaren learnt about both ends of the pitch with Southampton now only six days away.
The View From Borussia Monchengladbach
Nearly everyone who made the trip made an appearance. Lucien Favre employed the same formation he used in the 2-1 victory over FC Porto.
The fohlenelf (Borussia Monchengladbach) were the better side before the break although the hosts did grow into the game as the half progressed, which you would expect considering their domestic campaign also gets under way shortly.
Both sides defended strongly, meaning efforts were restricted to long range shots and headers from long balls into the box..
United’s best chances came about when young defenders Marvin Schulz and Andreas Christensen misjudged long balls. “We didn’t correctly anticipate what was going on at these moments,” added Favre. Thankfully, the woodwork was struck on both occasions and no further damage was done.
“It was a good performance, but we were lacking at times. Newcastle made life tough for us.
“You could see that we had been training intensely all week. We even had a two-hour session ahead of the flight to England.”
The fohlenelf have won five of their eight friendlies, drawing the other three. The only “defeat” came on penalties to Hamburger SV in the Telekom Cup.