Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has claimed that his teammates will have “more heart” and be hungrier than the Manchester United players when the two teams meet at St James’ Park on Sunday via Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, and Magpies fans are furious with the 24-year-old’s comments.
Taken behind the scenes @NUFC by captain @Lascelles16 today:
“We’ll make it dirty and nasty on Sunday”, he said. “They’ve got big players on big wages but I can tell you we’ll have more heart and more hunger than they will.” pic.twitter.com/eyE6rvHTsy
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) February 8, 2018
The Toon go into the weekend clash just one point above the relegation zone and they could even be in the bottom three by the time they kick off against the Red Devils on Sunday afternoon.
Rafa Benitez’s side also have the worst home record in the Premier League having taken just 13 points and scored 11 goals in 13 top flight matches on their own turf.
It certainly won’t be an easy task against Jose Mourinho’s men even though the Portuguese manager has never won on Tyneside in six previous attempts in the Premier League, as they currently lie second in the standings.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on what Lascelles said via social media, and while one said “this could end up embarrassing come post-match”, another said “that’s Mourinho’s team talk sorted”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
More hunger, we have won 6 ganes all season.
— Whitey (@whitey1892) February 9, 2018
All that heart & hunger is working well for us so far this season ??
— Jonny Ferguson (@JonnyFerguson) February 9, 2018
— METZ117 (@METZ117) February 9, 2018
That's it fire man utd up
— scott (@howay_the_lad) February 9, 2018
This could end up embarrassing come post match
— Rob Woodley (@RobNUFCWoodley) February 9, 2018
Man U players are where they are due to heart and hunger shown since they were kids to be best they could. This will bite him on the arse.
— Chris Billany (@cbil1984) February 9, 2018
Really wish he hadn’t said that. That’s Mourinhos team talk sorted. Love the bloke. But this is what S Taylor used to say. 24 hrs later. Beaten
— derek bird (@derekbird3) February 8, 2018
Well we would’ve before they read this. There’s Jose’s teamtalk done.
— Liam (@L1ammm1) February 8, 2018
We haven't won at home since October and the skipper is giving it the big up now ! Their have been more winnable games before Sunday he could have been giving it large. Talking on the pitch lad
— NorthernJam (@NorthernJam) February 9, 2018
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