Belfast Telegraph

Tyneside memory motivates Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants a reaction similar to that which followed defeat at Newcastle last season as his side travel to Tyneside again.

United crashed to a 3-0 defeat when they visited the Sports Direct Arena in the Barclays Premier League in January but they responded with a run of 11 wins and a draw which - at the time - made them title favourites. Now Ferguson is looking for his team to be similarly inspired as they take on the Magpies on Sunday on the back of last week's 3-2 loss to Tottenham.

Ferguson said: "In the second half of the season we had to do something, when you lose a game you have to do something. We lost a game to Tottenham and we have to recover again. Hopefully we can get the result on Sunday."

He added: "It won't be easy, it is always a difficult place to go, Newcastle. I think under Alan Pardew they have become a really committed team.

"But after what happened in the game against Tottenham we need to get on the road in terms of recovery."

Both sides were in European action in midweek, with United winning their Champions League tie at Cluj 2-1 and Newcastle beating Bordeaux 3-0 at home in the Europa League.

Ferguson said: "I watched them and they played quite a few of their squad (players), left a few out, and still won convincingly 3-0.

"I thought it was a good performance, a good result. They will be buoyed up, the support will be great up there.

"It will be a hard game, I don't think there is any doubt about that, but hopefully we can navigate it."


From Belfast Telegraph