We play host to Man utd on Wednesday 4th of March at 7.45pm, And after a very lacklustre 1-0 win over Aston Villa at home on Saturday John Carver will be demanding a more incisive display up front.
He said after the Villa win: “I was brave going with two wingers and two strikers – there are not many head coaches or managers in the Premier League go that way, but I did it because I felt it was important to get the three points.
“We talked about getting the ball in the wide areas and putting the ball in the box because it’s no good Papiss [Cisse] being the lone striker and trying to play into his feet.
“But what was disappointing was that in the first half, we didn’t put the ball in the box enough, and it just shows you, the ratio: you put it in the box and he will score a goal for you, and thankfully he did.”
Daryl Janmaat has also been speaking again “We know Manchester United are a big team and they play well so we will really have to try hard to come away with maximum points,.
“I think though, that the pressure will be more on them than us. We got the three points out of our last game which was crucial for us.
“Those points will build our positivity as a team and we can now be more confident to play Manchester United.
“They are a good team and they win games but they are expected to win more. It will be a massive game for us and the fans, and a superb game to play in and be a part of.
“We want the win, we want the three points and we will do everything that we can to get them.”
Jack Colback will miss the game as he serves out the remainder of his two-match ban, while Massadio Haidara is also a doubt after picking up an injury against Villa, with Ryan Taylor on standby to fill in at left-back also winger Jonas Gutierrez is back in contention after featuring on the bench against Villa for the first time since recovering from cancer so should make the bench again, however Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella are still injured, and Paul Dummett, Cheick Tiote, and Steven Taylor longterm injuries.
Louis van Gaal’s men travel to Tyneside sitting fourth in the Barclays Premier League following a 2-0 win over 10-man Sun5er1and at the weekend.
However, the Old Trafford club’s performances have remained largely unconvincing and will need to improve during what Mata – who netted twice in a 4-0 win at Newcastle last season – labels a crucial month in their quest for UEFA Champions League football.
“We will need to give everything in the next games to get our goals; for a start, against Newcastle in the Premier League, and next Monday against Arsenal in the FA Cup,” Mata wrote on his official blog. “We will also play Tottenham and Liverpool in March, so it’s not an exaggeration to describe this month as one of the most demanding ones this season.
“We remain in the Champions League spots, but you just need to have a look at the table to realise how close this race is going to be until the end of the season.
“We are ready for that, although all we think about is trying to win all the games left. Starting this coming Wednesday in St. James’ Park, a stadium that brings back some good memories because I scored several goals there.”
Hopefully Mata wont have any good memories of this game