Coloccini hopes to be first Newcastle Utd captain to win at Man Utd in 40 years

Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini

FABRICIO Coloccini is desperate to become the first Newcastle United captain to lead the club to victory at Old Trafford in 41 years.

Newcastle take on Manchester United tomorrow lunchtime in a televised Premier League clash.

The omens aren’t good for Alan Pardew’s side given that the club hasn’t won a fixture at Old Trafford since 1972, when the team was skippered by Bob Moncur.

However, Newcastle, beaten at Swansea City in midweek, have performed well on their last three league and cup visits.

With Man United going through a transition phase under new manager David Moyes – his former club Everton won at Old Trafford on Wednesday night – Coloccini feels he and his team-mates could pull off what would be a famous result.

“We’ve had a few draws there, and we’ve played well there,” Coloccini said.

“We have confidence. We have to keep going. We’ve been playing well, and we have to try to get more wins.

“They need the points as well as they lost.

“I hope it will be a nice game. Always when you play at Old Trafford, it’s a special game.”

Coloccini is now fully fit after recovering from the groin injury which sidelined him for six weeks, and the influential defender is confident he will soon be back to his commanding best.

“I’ve played twice in a week – I felt OK,” he said.

Swansea brought an end to Newcastle’s four-game winning streak – Brian Laudrup’s side won 3-0 – at the Liberty Stadium.

And Coloccini has admitted United were the architects of their own downfall in South Wales – as they couldn’t keep hold of the ball.

“We didn’t play very well,” he said. “They’re a good side, and played well.

“They played good football. I think they had a good game and kept the ball.

“If we don’t have the ball, we can’t threaten.

“It’s difficult when you’re running without the ball. You get tired, and that’’s when they made the difference.”