Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Tuesday November 27 2007
Former number nine and now local radio pundit Malcolm Macdonald has come out and added to the growing concern over the state of play at SJP. With toughies against Blackburn and Arsenal looming the next couple of weeks are set to be a massive crunch period for Sam and his side. Speaking to the Ronnie, he said:
"The first thing that must happen is to get pride back into the side. Then we must look for an injection of flair and pace. The dreadful thing about the last two home games is that United went down to heavy defeats without a whimper. Fans won`t stand for that. Liverpool were rubbing their hands. It was like taking candy from a baby. How much does it hurt some players? It looked like a few weren`t bothered.
It`s little over five years ago that Bobby Robson had Newcastle third in the Premiership, a country mile ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea. And United have always been seen as a bigger club than Portsmouth. Yet a classy Pompey won 4-1 in a stroll and Liverpool 3-0 when it could have been a cricket score. I was looking for signs of something to build upon on Saturday but there wasn`t anything.
United have played 4-4-2, 4-3-3, and now 3-5-2 and never looked comfortable. Perhaps the players cannot master different systems and don`t know what to do. We have three former defenders on the coaching bench - Sam Allardyce, Nigel Pearson and Steve Round - yet the back four have been awful all season regardless of personnel.
And the immediate future looks bleak. United play two very differing sides in their next two games but both will test them to the full in their own ways. Blackburn, first up on Saturday, will rattle them and run them all match and right now United aren`t up for a scrap. Then Arsenal will look to outplay them at St James`s Park and Newcastle`s confidence will not stand such great touch football played at pace.
Big Sam has talked about this being a blip. I just wonder if he really understands the Geordie fans because if he underestimates them or dismisses them it`ll be the biggest mistake he has ever made."
Date:Tuesday November 27 2007
Injury Boost Causes Pardew Headache (Tuesday November 25 2014)
Taylor's Career Not Off The Rayls (Monday November 24 2014)
Kids Continue To Prosper (Monday November 24 2014)
Stats: Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers (Sunday November 23 2014)
NUFC v QPR Match Preview and Thread (Saturday November 22 2014)
Campbell Joins Hartlepool (Friday November 21 2014)
Another Youngster Joins The Squad (Friday November 21 2014)
Draw Completes The Dreaded Outcome (Thursday November 20 2014)
Lost In Translation (Wednesday November 19 2014)
Gutierrez Joins The PR Campaign (Sunday November 16 2014)
|3. Man City||12||7||3||2||11||24|
|4. Man Utd||12||5||4||3||4||19|
|6. West Ham||12||5||3||4||4||18|
|Fabianski wins Man of the Match Poll vs Man City
» Swansea : 26/11/2014 11:00:00
|Everton eye European advance
» Everton : 26/11/2014 10:00:00
|A Perfect Performance Says Di Matteo!
» Chelsea : 26/11/2014 10:00:00
|New Recruits amp; Transfer Policy
» Spurs : 26/11/2014 09:51:00
» Everton : 26/11/2014 09:00:00