Yohan Cabaye insists that the squad remains in a positive mood ahead of another tricky trip to Manchester at the weekend and claims that the boys in Black and White are going to Old Trafford looking for a win.
It’s nearly 40 years since we last won at Old Trafford although there is a growing feeling that we could actually take something from a ground where, traditionally at least, we’ve not fared too well.
Manchester United may not be as impressive as they have been in previous years, or even at the start of the season where they pretty much hammered everyone they come up against. they may have lost 6-1 to Manchester City and will have to settle for 2nd place in their Champions League group – a rarity for them – but they’ll still be dangerous and will be the favourites for the game. Personally I’d be happy with a draw.
The players seem to have a different idea though. Buoyed by an impressive second half against Manchester City last week they seem to have retained the confidence within themselves and are now eyeing an upset at the home of the 12 time Premier League champions according to Cabaye.
“We want to win against Manchester United. I think we can. We will be playing for a win on Saturday,” Cabaye told the Chronicle.
He continued: “This is a big game at a big stadium, but it’s good for us. This week we have a tough game against Man United and then Chelsea at home. They are two good games, but two tough games.”
“We can test what we are made of and what we can do. We must see what we can do against the league’s big teams. Therefore for us, they are big games.”
Cabaye has been an instrumental part of the team during their impressive start to this season. His work rate is phenomenal and his passing is sharp. He’ll get stuck in for the team and he isn’t afraid to have a crack at goal from distance, which has led to him scoring two cracking goals already for us.
He’s not been alone in performing well though and at times it’s been the team that has shone instead of any one individual. Whatever it is, it’s worked and Newcastle still occupy a Champions League place. We probably won’t keep that 4th place for too much longer, but if we keep winning games then why not give it a try? This is something Cabaye claims that the players are trying to do. He said:
“We have played well and have picked up good results. It’s been a very good start here. I am happy with that and I want to keep winning. It’s important for everybody here we do that.”
“We want to stay at the top of the Premier League and get back to winning a lot of matches. The team spirit is still very good here.”
You can tell Cabaye was Captain at Lille. When he speaks he says all the right things and can back it up with his actions on the pitch.
Here’s hoping these words resonate with what happens on Saturday!