Newcastle star eyes win over Manchester United

Daryl Janmaat
Daryl Janmaat

DARYL Janmaat is looking for Newcastle United to put the boot into Louis van Gaal – the coach who took him and his Holland team-mates to the World Cup semi-finals.

Van Gaal takes his Manchester United side to St James’s Park tomorrow night.

He is one of the best trainers I have ever worked with, and if you see how he works tactically, it is great.

The 63-year-old joined the Old Trafford club after guiding Holland to a third-placed finish in last summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

Janmaat rates van Gaal as one of the best coaches in the world.

But the defender feels Newcastle can upset the odds – and heap more pressure on van Gaal, whose team are battling to secure a return to the Champions League after a season’s absence.

Janmaat, however, doesn’t expect head coach John Carver to lean on himself and Dutch countryman Tim Krul for advice, despite their knowledge of van Gaal’s tactics and systems.

“Both me and Tim have experience of working under him, but he is so adaptable that it is still hard to know what he is going to do,” Janmaat said.

“We really want to win Wednesday’s game, and they have a lot riding on it as well, so it should be a good occasion.

“I am sure John will be very well prepared, and he won’t really need to call on us for any advice.”

Fourth-placed Man United beat Sunderland 2-0 at the weekend, but in-form Liverpool remain just two points behind them.

“I think they have a great team, with some fantastic players,” said Janmaat, signed from Feyenoord last summer.

“Also, the trainer is fantastic. He just needs a little bit of time. He is still fairly new there, and once he gets that time, I am sure he will win prizes for Manchester United.

“He is a fantastic trainer and he has had a magnificent career.

“I have been very fortunate to work with him, and I cannot say a bad word about him. He is one of the best trainers I have ever worked with, and if you see how he works tactically, it is great.

“He always seems to know what to do to win a game.”

Newcastle put their 5-0 Manchester City defeat behind them at the weekend when they beat Aston Villa 1-0 thanks to a goal from Papiss Demba Cisse, which was set up by Janmaat.

Carver’s side remain 11th in the Premier League table ahead of a tough run of fixtures.

“It was important to show a good reaction at the weekend,” said the 25-year-old. I don’t think the game was necessarily the best we’ve played, but we won.

“We had some decent possession and showed some fight, and we just needed to get the victory. That was the really important thing.

“The second half was better and we controlled the game well. We knew it was really important to win this game.

“It’s taken us to 35 points, and now Wednesday is a fantastic game to look forward to.”

Meanwhile, Ayoze Perez will be ready to take on Manchester United – after a well-earned “breather”.

Perez was left out of Newcastle United’s starting XI for the weekend’s Premier League game against Aston Villa, with Emmanuel Riviere partnering Papiss Cisse up front.

Head coach Carver felt Riviere, yet to get off the mark in the Premier League, “did OK”.

However, Carver could recall Spaniard Perez – who shone in the first half of the campaign after joining from Tenerife last summer – tomorrow night.

“I was brave playing with two wingers and two strikers – not many sides do that in Premier League – but I did it, and I thought he (Riviere) did OK,” said Carver.

“He put himself about, worked extremely hard.

“It was time to give Ayoze Perez a bit of a breather, because he has been one of our main strikers, and he is a young lad.

“It was time for Manu, and I thought he did OK.”