CHEIK Tiote will be unleashed on Manchester United at Old Trafford – and Alan Pardew’s confident he won’t overstep the mark.
Tiote made his injury comeback from the bench in Newcastle United’s 1-0 home win over Norwich City on Sunday.
However, the midfielder’s rustiness after more than a month on the sidelines was evident in his colourful 15-minute cameo.
Tiote – whose disciplinary record was much-improved last season – was booked for a foul, and also almost gave the ball away in his own box.
But Pardew insists the Ivory Coast star will get back up to speed quickly, starting with tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup clash at Old Trafford.
“He has that aggression, and he can channel it the wrong way when he’s not 100 per cent, which he did on Sunday against Norwich,” the Newcastle manager told the Gazette.
“But you can’t help but love him for it.
Pardew will use tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup tie to get much-needed minutes under Tiote’s belt ahead of Saturday’s visit to Reading.
“He’s so important to the club and the team,” said Pardew.
“We all look to him when things aren’t going so well.
“When things are going well, it’s because he’s got a good grip of the game in the first 20 minutes, and we want to get him up to speed as quick as we can.”
Tiote suffered a calf injury in Newcastle’s season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur.