Manchester United vs Newcastle United League Cup match banter!

Posted on September 26th, 2012 | 54 Comments |

Manchester United v Manchester United
Another trip to Manchester, this time for the LC.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Date: Thurs, 26th Sept.
Kick off: 7:45pm
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester).
UK TV: Sky Sports.

Welcome to the latest of our regular “match banter” features, this time for this evening’s League Cup game against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United at their place.

From the words of Alan Pardew before the game. it would seem that he is concentrating more on Champions League qualification this season rather than any of the lesser cup competition, so we will probably see a mostly second string team for this evening. Thankfully for us however, the equally successful Sir Alex Ferguson is known for taken a similarly dismissive attitude towards this competition, and his Manchester United side have been troubled by injuries of late too, so we may see a similar approach from him too. Having written that, there have been rumours that Wayne Rooney may feature this evening after his recent absence.

Anyway, I won’t waffle too much as once again, I am rather late in writing this piece, from a house which looks like a bombsite after the builders have been in. I am also freezing half to death as I have no heating whatsoever in conditions which are more like the Arctic than September in London. Needless to say that my erstwhile colleague, Andy, has already written an excellent and extensive match preview which should give you all the background you need in the run up to the game.

I will be posting the respective team sheets for this evening when they become available, and though this match will be broadcast on UK TV through Sky Sports, I will also be publshing some links for the game too for those who don’t have it, as well as highlights, and possibly a full match video when the game is over. Which only leaves it for me to say:

Howay the lads!

Team sheets

Manchester United (4-3-3): David de Gea; Marnick Vermijl, Michael Keane, Scott Wooton, Alex Buttner; Darren Fletcher (c), Tom Cleverley, Anderson; Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez

Subs: Sam Johnstone, Jonny Evams, Jesse Lingard, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Robert Brady, Nick Powell, Joshua King.

Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot (G), James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), James Tavernier, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Gabriel Obertan, Cheick Tiote, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Haris Vuckic, Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Steve Harper (G), Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse.


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54 Responses

  1. MUFC XI:
    De Gea,
    Vermijl, M Keane, Wootton, Buttner
    Cleverley, Fletcher, Anderson,
    Hernandez, Rooney, Welbeck

    NUFC XI :
    Perch, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Tavernier;
    Obertan, Tiote, Gosling, Marveaux;
    Shola Ameobi

    So a young MUFC back four and we’re pitting Shola and Vuckic against them :(

  2. Subs.

    Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

  3. Well lookin at that line up im not exactly overflowing with confidence, would love to be proven wrong but i have a bad feelin about this.

  4. lee.t. says:

    “i have a bad feelin about this”

    Aye Lee surely a youthful back four is the ideal place for Cisse to rediscover his goal touch ?

  5. The only competition we realistically have a chance in and we’re looking to get knocked out straight away I see. Oh well, if we finish 8th I suppose that’s all that matters.

    I’d take a trophy over league position any day, specially since we have won nothing in a time period where even Boro, Portsmouth and Bolton have…

  6. A good game and some great points to take from it, and I guess less matches for us too which is good.

  7. Shame about Gosling and Vuckic though. If we had better players instead of these two we might have won.

  8. things we learned today, gosling…. has done absolutely nothing at all ever period on the pitch for nufc marv? a worse version of routledge, obertan? athlete posing as a footballer, fergerson showed more in 30 seconds than those three combined the whole match against a nobody back four for man u, good to see cisse get a goal, surely barfur would have shredded that defence in 30 mins, conclusion id rather have routledge and guthrie than marv and ober, time to give fitano a shot bigi has potential

  9. Feck Pardwho and his fecking clueless selections.

    Cisse on at the start and that would have been a different game !!!

  10. One more trophy we won’t win.

    If we started more threatening forwards we might have won this match.

    Good to see Cisse score.

  11. Then a rested Ba at the weekend with HBA and Sammy in a front three. Feck I could do his feckin job.


  12. Bloody Pardew again why doesn;t he go in to win from the start instead of waiting untol the second half to have a go?

  13. The midfield was also ropey, held together by Tiote alone. They just aren’t going to open up any defenses. I have to agree that I’d start Routledge over Marveaux right now. Three of our more disappointing recent signings out there between him, Gosling and Obertan.

  14. The worst thing about this evening is there are many thousands of fans who paid their hard earned to visit OT and Pardwho will say “We were close, we gave them a good game and it could have been so much closer”

  15. Would have been perfect putting HBA on in the last twenty, he would have destroyed their back four. Shame he wasn’t selected. Tav impressed me the most, he actually poses an attacking threat and was tidy.

    Also if Pardew wants to play 4-4-2, then Ferguson proved a left footer for the left wing who can cross is better than a right footer on the left who can’t in Jonas, who is actually a better center mid.

    Obertan looked better than usual but ffs he needs to learn to just get the ball crossed in, he doesn’t have to beat a man every time, that is if we’re trying to create using wingers, which we do.

    We will still look disjointed and create very little if we carry on using 4-4-2, relying on Santon and Jonas to cross as they can’t and always have to cut in… And HBA on the right isn’t a traditional winger as such.

  16. We had the better game IMO. Bigi very adventurous. Shane looked good but didn’t get much of the ball. Cisse was excellent with the little he got. Nobody confident enough to take a shot other than a couple wild ones from Gosling.

    Europa league here we come! Haha.

  17. Badmag: Marveaux’s set pieces were good and he is really just returning from a 2 year injury. I thought Tavernier looked really good.

    Obertan was OK, for him, eh AndyMac :)

    It was a decent match and their goals were very well taken.

    Good to see Cisse finding his touch, so there were quite a few positives, including probably that we were knocked out and can give Europe a bit more attention.

  18. Phisix says:

    “Oh no season is over!”

    The season isnt over Phisix (not sure if your plss taking or not ?) but please dont tell me we couldnt have made a better show of that ?

  19. Vuckic is tidy but so bloody slow. And Anderson and Cleverley scoring really takes the piss.

    I really hope we go for the Europa, nobody will stay if all the objective is to field reserves in the cups and finish 8th. We have some star players, and Pardew’s drummed it in to everyone we don’t have finances if bigger clubs come along.

    A seriously dunno if I’ll ever witness us win anything… But we actually played some decent stuff today.

  20. Yeah you’re right GS he wasnt the worst player on the pitch :)

    Agree with JB if you want players to make a positive contribution then dont play shitey formations. Put WINGERS on who can cross the ball and have your two strikers in the feckin box.

    Sorry to the fans who made the trip.

  21. Pardew:

    “I shouldn’t have played Mike Williamson today but I had to, as we’re short at center half”

    Really? You said we were Ok last week! Haha you only had a whole bloody summer to buy a player in a position EVERYBODY said we needed.


  22. Eliot’s doing a good job in goal, less worried about him as I was last season.

    I don’t get Gosling, I really think he is on the verge of being good. I think he’s the type who needs games consistently. He doesn’t benefit from a game every so often.

  23. vuk is a bottler needs strength and gosling hasnt shown anything at all in a newcastle shirt water carrier get rid and obertan?? fergerson earned his corn in 30 seconds obertan offers nothing

  24. Once again, please accept my apologies for the comments cockup earlier, though I divven’t knaa WTF happened there, though it is ironic that it happened on a “match banter” of all posts!

  25. badmag says:
    September 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    “vuk is a bottler needs strength”

    Go easy on him badmag. I’ve seen him as a potentially great player in the past, but his numerous injuries seem to have knocked him well off course. Give him a chance ;-)

    Having written that, I dovven’t knaa why a gadgie whose built like he is smashes like a piece of fine crystal every time he falls over.

  26. Jimbob says:
    September 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    “Really? You said we were Ok last week! Haha you only had a whole bloody summer to buy a player in a position EVERYBODY said we needed.”

    No he didn’t Jimbob, not with Ashley and Llambias bidding 50p for everyone.

  27. I thought Williamson’s defending was quite poor tonight. He’s played well thus far this season, but he needs to step out from time to time and challenge a player – Gosling did the right thing by pushing Anderson onto his left and forcing him inside, and he got no help as Williamson just sat marking space.

  28. Soh !
    Back in the city and attempting to remember what stations show what games.
    Saw a few highlights of the game dahn a pub, basically a reserve game that no one gave a damn about.
    From what i hear yonng Fergie had a fair game, but lacked service.
    Nice to be in the good weather again, NYC in September is just perfect, indian summer time.
    For anyone contemplating a visit to the city, mid September through mid November is IMO the best time.
    Any shouts about “Pardew Out” yet ?

  29. Canada Toon
    On Williamson, “he’s played well thus far this season” !
    Is that a serious statement ?

  30. Perhaps both Gosling and Marveaux do need game practice, face it both have had long layoffs and one does’nt become a bad player over night, the crap cups would suit that purpose perfectly.
    And though we have been dissapointed in some of our young prospects, i think young Ferguson will be a success, from the little i have seen of him.
    A traditional old style winger, who likes to get close to both the goal and line, to lay on a pass that cant be offside, hope his skills have not gone un-noticed and is considered a lightweight.
    So whats the story on Abeid?, another kid who has i believe a future at the club, dont get it why we are attempting to farm him out, when we at present need bodies.
    But then what the hell do i know about anything ?