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Competition for places is a nice problem and produces good craic in the pubs beforehand, wiith various teams and formations chirped out between beers.
Mike Williamson: “Thauvin has got class, ability, technique and he had a lot of end product , that’s what the fans want and what they’ll get excited about.”
Steve McClaren: “Score and assist – that is his (Florian Thauvin) job. He works hard as well and a real plus on that side.”
All four United goals and other highlights from Newcastle v Northampton – watch it here in HD video.
Steve McClaren: ‘Other games haven’t really looked an attacking threat but can see with players we have bought in, could be more of a threat going forward.”
This is a public information announcement, Capital One Cup crowd figures from Tuesday night.
Chris Wilder: ‘How Thauvin scores I will never know….that is the quality they could show in the vital moments.”
Northampton let off further punishment as Thauvin was instantly substituted to a standing ovation, Steve McClaren keeping him fresh for Arsenal on Saturday.
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Mike Williamson headed home Florian Thauvin’s perfect cross to make it Newcastle 4 Northampton 1 – watch it here.
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