Alan Shearer has been looking ahead to today’s match at Old Trafford.
In his playing days for Newcastle, we saw some epic matches.
They didn’t always go Shearer/Newcastle’s way but the Magpies invariably had a real go at them, especially under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.
The fixtures saw plenty of goals in that era, but Alan Shearer is expecting Rafa Benitez to have this current team, ‘Very organised, sitting tight, being compact. Get everyone together and try to hit United on the break.’ (Try and ignore the fact Big Al says United…)
In the past we have seen plenty of goals between the two teams and on a fair few occasions it was Newcastle getting more than their fair share, especially at St James Park, but if there are plenty of goals today then it is very unlikely to be good news for NUFC.
Alan Shearer expects Rafa to keep it tight and try to ‘nick a point’.
The last three visits have seen two clean sheets for Newcastle, with a 0-0 draw last time and that 1-0 Cabaye away win, a 3-1 defeat in between.
The Newcastle fans and Rafa Benitez and Alan Shearer, would all settle for a repeat 0-0 today, or a 1-0 victory…
Alan Shearer talking to Coral:
‘Will Rafa Benitez go there and attack United?’
“No, I don’t see Newcastle going to Old Trafford and trying to take on Man Utd by attacking them.
“I see Newcastle going there, doing what Rafa has done reasonably well this season. He has been very organised, sitting tight, being compact. Get everyone together and try to hit United on the break.
“I think that will be how they approach the game.
“They have had two disappointing results have Newcastle, both 1-0 defeats, and been pretty disappointing.
“Need a little bit more spark in front of goal, more energy into the performance.
“They are sat just below mid-table in the Premier League and I’m pretty sure if you had said that to Rafa, to the players, and the Newcastle fans, that at this stage of the season would they be content with that – I think the answer would definitely be yes.”
‘Mourinho has come under quite a bit of stick, he will be really looking for a win. They were scoring a lot of goals at the start of the season.’
“Lukaku is in a bit of a barren spell in a United shirt.
“I know he scored goals in the past few days for Belgium and he will be looking to take that form into the red shirt of Manchester now, because as you say, earlier in the season he was scoring goals for fun and getting so much praise.
“It’s gone a bit dry for him but that’s the life of a centre-forward and he will be relishing the game on Saturday.
“If Newcastle can keep him quiet, they might just take something from it, nick a point.”
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