Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time for Big Hearts If There's Going to Be Big Smiles at Toon; ...and Big Men Don't Get Wound Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time for Big Hearts If There's Going to Be Big Smiles at Toon; ...and Big Men Don't Get Wound Up

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Byline: SUPERMAC Shooting from the lip

IT'S going to take 11 brave men for Newcastle to douse the Huddersfield fire tomorrow and bring home three points.

The Terriers will be on a high after their three-goal thrashing of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and that means United standing up to the challenge.

And they must do so without Jonjo Shelvey, Florian Lejeune, and Paul Dummett who were all done for against Spurs.

Rafa ended up with a shadow back four and will probably have them together again down in west Yorkshire.

His first-choice back line would be DeAndre Yedlin, Lejeune, Ciaran Clark, and Dummett.

But instead he finished with Javier Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba, and Clark.

Considering that Clark is a first-choice central defender and a cover left-back that's his reserve back line - and Rafa was forced to use it before the opening day was out.

Hence the need for big hearts tomorrow. This is a game which is on United's must-win list if they are to avoid relegation but its completion has greatly changed only a match into the season.

Never mind, I shall be most interested to closely watch the performances of Mikel Merino and Joselu on the morrow.

Merino is the obvious standin for Shelvey and he looks to have something about him while Joselu is the supposed answer to United's striker problem.

At PS5m he's dirt cheap and the fact that a club like Stoke City were willing to off-load him doesn't create a lot of optimism.

But my hope is that deep down he has something that Rafa feels he can work on. The kid was good enough to be on Real Madrid's books at one time - though he only played for their reserves.

As a was called name sun...my was to pop in the back net There's going to be a real buzz around the McAlpine Stadium because Huddersfield are on the up and up under a real bright young manager in David Wagner who really does look like a ringer for his mentor Jurgen Klopp. …

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