Sorry about the Pun, but United Fans Have Been Carved Up Again

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Sorry about the Pun, but United Fans Have Been Carved Up Again


Byline: Mick QUINN

I DON'T usually go in for puns but the Newcastle United supporters were Carved Up on Saturday.

They paid a lot of money to watch their club decide not to try to win an important football game. It wasn't even subtle. It was, in fact, blatant.

The club's best players this season have been Ayoze Perez, Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback and Daryl Janmaat. All four were "injured" for the Leicester City FA Cup game.

I will be astonished if at least three of them, and it's probably going to be all four, don't start against Chelsea on Saturday now we are back to the Premier League.

John Carver said that he would field a strong team a little more than 24 hours before the match. He did nothing of the kind.

Now I have never been one for telling clubs to pay for the fans to travel because defeats and disappointment are part of football. But 4,200 people travelled a long way to watch two shots on target over 90 minutes. They gave up a lot and were given nothing from their club. It was shameful.

With 10 minutes to go, Carver threw Mike Williamson up front to predictable results. Yoan Gouffran stayed on the bench. Carver still had one substitution at his disposal.

Gouffran has hardly been pulling up trees, but he is an experienced player who might just have sneaked a goal or even set one up.

Why wasn't he used? Why were two kids, Lubo Satka and Callum Roberts, put on to save a cup tie on their debuts? If this is what Carver has to offer then it leaves me cold regarding his chances of getting the job full time.

We are 13 points ahead of Leicester City and we didn't even try to win. And now for God knows many years in a row we haven't got going in the FA Cup because of the policy of deliberately dropping players for cup games.

If I am wrong, then someone at the club needs to explain why there are always so many tweaks and pulls in the first week of January.

I don't understand it and never will.

It has been suggested that this policy would be acceptable if Newcastle were in threat of going down. I'm sorry, but that's rubbish.

I wouldn't care if we were top or bottom. This is the FA Cup. We should be trying to win the thing. …

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