Cabaye Warns Mancs - We Are Gunning For Yer!

06 October 2012 12:36
Yohan Cabaye is gunning for Manchester United.

The finest hour of the midfielder’s Newcastle United career came at home against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side last season.

Cabaye scored a stunning free-kick in a comprehensive 3-0 win over the club a year ago.

Yohan Cabaye: “It was a special game for me and the team last season.

“It was my favourite game. We played really well, and the stadium was full.

“The crowd was fantastic, and I think my free kick was my best in my time here. It’s the best memory for me.

“But Sunday is a new game. They played Tuesday night (against Cluj in the Champions League), and we played on Thursday. We will be ready. It’s no problem.

“From the start, we want to have the same mentality and fight on the pitch. We want the same energy. We have to have this if we want to win the game.

“It’s possible (to win). “

We’re at home, and we’re a strong team at home.

“We play one of the best teams in the Premier League, and we have the support from the crowd in the stadium like a 12th man.

“I think it’s going to be a good game for us, and a good game to enjoy.

“I think Bordeaux was our best performance.

“We played with a European mentality, and we were strong.

“It’s always hard, and Bordeaux, for me, are a good team. They had been 17 games unbeaten. I think it was a really good performance.

“To score a goal just before half time is important. I think this goal killed Bordeaux. In the second half, we controlled the game.

“Now we have to a quick turnaround for Sunday, because it’s going to be a tough game.”


NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Ryan Taylor, Tiote, Cabaye (Perch 77), Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi (Best 75), Ba (Obertan 89).Subs Not Used: Harper, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Vuckic.

MAN UTD: Lindegaard, Valencia, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Park (Hernandez 66), Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov (Welbeck 57), Rooney (Anderson 74).Subs Not Used: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Pogba, Lingard.

Att: 52, 299

Newcastle striker Demba Ba signed off in style as Manchester United's hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title were dealt a fresh blow. 

The free signing plundered his 15th goal of the season in what seems certain to be his final appearance for the Magpies before heading off on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal to set the Red Devils on the way to their first back-to-back league defeats for 10 months.

Frenchman Yohan Cabaye sealed a first victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's men in more than 10 years with a stunning 47th-minute free-kick with Phil Jones' late own goal simply cementing their seventh place in the table.

Even Wayne Rooney's return from his exile could not spark the visitors into life as Newcastle added to the pain inflicted on his side by lowly Blackburn at the weekend in front of a delighted crowd of 52,299.

Keeper Anders Lindegaard, who has repeatedly warned he had not moved to Old Trafford simply to "pick his nose", was handed a start in place of David de Gea, unlike Magpies midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, who was named only among the substitutes despite declaring roughly the same sentiment in the run-up to the game.

Pardew sent out his side having seen them win just one of their last eight league games and knowing the challenge of improving on that run could hardly be much more difficult against a wounded Red Devils side.

However, his players set about their task with a real relish and while they were forced to defend in determined fashion throughout, they did so more than competently with skipper Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson in particularly miserly form.

In addition, they produced enough of an attacking threat not only to keep the champions on their toes, but to take a lead they rarely looked like relinquishing.

Indeed, Pardew's men, having survived an early scare when Coloccini just managed to cut out Ryan Giggs' attempted through-ball to Dimitar Berbatov in the opening minute, took the game to the visitors in the early stages.

Ba was uncharacteristically wasteful when he failed to make a meaningful connection with Danny Simpson's teasing fourth-minute cross, and Cabaye tested Lindegaard's mettle with a shot from distance two minutes later.

The Dane also had to deal with Cheick Tiote's skidding long-range drive, although as the visitors worked their way into the game, it was they who started to threaten.

Tim Krul had to make a smart reaction save from Nani's 12th-minute snapshot, and the keeper managed to claim the rebound before the predatory Rooney was able to pounce.

Berbatov clipped the outside of the post with a deflected header three minutes later, but Newcastle were not content to sit back and defend.

They had been awarded and converted a contentious penalty in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in November, and they were appealing for another with 25 minutes gone, this time in vain, after Ba went down in a tangle of legs with Rio Ferdinand, the man whose challenge on Ben Arfa had been ruled illegal on home turf.

But the former West Ham frontman got his chance 12 minutes before the break, and as so often this season, took it in spectacular fashion.

Shola Ameobi climbed high above Phil Jones to flick on Krul's long free-kick and Ba swivelled instantly to smash a right-foot volley high past the stranded Lindegaard.

Ryan Taylor curled a 44th-minute free-kick just over after Tiote had left Rooney for dead with a neat trick and Ba prompted Giggs to foul him 30 yards out.

Lindegaard also had to deal with a nastily dipping Ba effort from distance in injury-time with the Magpies sensing an opportunity.

Jones' first season at Old Trafford has been largely exemplary, but the youngster's difficult evening on Tyneside took a further turn for the worse within seconds of the restart.

He barged Ba to the ground 30 yards out as the striker threatened to run away from him, and Cabaye curled the resulting free-kick in off the underside of the crossbar with Lindegaard once again helpless.

Central defender Williamson headed a 55th-minute Ryan Taylor corner just over with the Magpies pinning the visitors back to thwart their efforts to launch a recovery.

The visitors would have been back in it within four minutes had it not been for old boy Danny Simpson, who somehow managed to block Rooney's point-blank volley from a Nani cross.

The visitors were enjoying their best spell of the game as Newcastle's defending became increasingly desperate.

But with no sign of a breakthrough, Rooney made way for midfielder Anderson with 15 minutes remaining, although the Red Devils' efforts became increasingly toothless with the home side simply needing to maintain concentration.

That they did, and Jones' miserable evening was complete in the final minute of normal time when he headed Krul's deep free-kick into his own net.



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