Steve Bruce admits his dreadful managerial record against Manchester United is a worry ahead of Newcastle’s clash against the Red Devils on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side visit St James’ Park hoping to win their first away match in 11 attempts, having not picked up a victory on the road since that famous night in Paris on March 3.
Sunday’s match is the perfect opportunity for the Red Devils to get back to winning ways, as they face a Newcastle side who sit second bottom in the Premier League, with just five points from seven matches and only four goals scored.
And even more concerning for the Magpies is the fact that Steve Bruce, the manager, has never managed to beat United as a manager.
Bruce is an Old Trafford icon having starred for United as a player, but he’s failed to ever get one over on his former club since stepping into coaching.
In fact, despite facing Man United on 22 occasions, Bruce has never claimed a victory – and he’s even only managed five draws!
And Bruce is aware his record does not raise much hope for Sunday.
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“I don’t think I’ve ever beaten them which is a worry,” said the boss in his press conference, “but to come up against them is a big occasion.”
United’s woeful form has heaped the pressure on Solskjaer, but Bruce hopes the under-fire manager improves the Red Devils as best he can.
“I wish him the best of luck,” Bruce added. “He’s got a hard job ahead of him, but he’s been given a wonderful opportunity.”
Bruce also discussed various other topics in his press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…
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On responding to losing 5-0 at Leicester
“There should be a few words when you get beat as badly as you did. You know what’s coming.
“One thing you have to do is respond and look forward to the next game, to erase it. Show a certain degree of pride, a little bit about yourself and make sure you put it right.”
On his approach since replacing Rafa Benitez
“I don’t think they were micromanaged. They’ve played a certain way and that certain way has been drilled into them of course so we have to start being back there again.
“If that’s the way they are used to playing, I can understand that and that’s what we’ll do.”
On being a success at Newcastle
“Mud’s been thrown my way since I walked through the door. That isn’t going to change.
“The only thing that can change it for me is results. I’m determined to make it, if I possibly can, to turn it around and take the club forward and that’s the remit since I walked through door.”
On being criticised
“I’m a resilient so and so.
“You wouldn’t be human if it didn’t affect you in some sort of way, but you try and get on with the job as best you can. Thankfully, I have a few years under my belt with experience to cope with it.
“The flack always stops with me at top of the tree.”