Manchester United manager expecting to improve against Newcastle

The big question is whether Wayne Rooney will line up for Manchester United at St James’ Park, considering that the 26-year-old was allegedly left out of the Red Devils team against Blackburn due to breaking a Boxing Day curfew.

Manchester United manager expecting to improve against Newcastle

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January 1st, 2012

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Sir Alex Ferguson clearly stands for no nonsense from his players, although he will need to change things after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat against Rovers which saw the champions go two goals down before fighting back to 2-2, only to concede from a corner.

“We never expected that,” Ferguson said of the defeat. “We lost two terrible goals in the game and you can’t do that when you are playing a side that’s fighting for their lives. We missed the experience of Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs in midfield, but having said that when we got back to 2-2 I was certain we would win. Valencia had a great game in the second half but we couldn’t finish them off.

“We never got any breaks in the game, though I will admit we could have dealt with their winning goal better. It wasn’t just the goalkeeper’s fault, I thought we all could have reacted better. Obviously it’s disappointing not to be able to go top but we are still in touch and that’s where we wanted to be. We won’t play like that too often this season, we can play a lot better.”

Manchester United play Newcastle on Tuesday, with the teams having played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford earlier this season.

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