Tim Krul believes confidence earned Newcastle United a famous victory at Old Trafford, and it can carry them through the busiest phase of the season.
The Uniteds of Newcastle and Manchester both headed into Saturday’s Premier League game on the back of midweek defeats, the Magpies’ a 3-0 reverse in Swansea. But Newcastle were able to shrug theirs off as the blip in an otherwise 100% six-match run.
Goalkeeper Krul argued self-belief was a key factor. “We came here with a lot of confidence,” explained the goalkeeper. “We have had some great results over the last few weeks. We felt we had a chance.
“Of course (we talked about the Red Devils’ low confidence). We lost on Wednesday and so did they. But theirs was at home. They have had some bad results at home and we knew that.
“We felt if we came out fighting we knew we would have a chance. Last season was the same. I know we lost 4-3 but we had a chance.
“It was a long journey to Swansea. It was a long day in the hotel and we were a bit sloppy in the first half and we got done for it. We started this game with the same intensity as the games before that. When we do that we can beat anybody.
“They created a couple of things but we dealt with everything that got thrown at us. The defence was solid again. They had a couple of shots but they weren’t as threatening as normal. We just capitalised on it massively. Well done to us.”
To win at Old Trafford at any time – it was the first time Newcastle had beaten Manchester United there since 1972 – is good for the morale of any team, but to do so early in the busy December programme is particularly helpful.
“That is our fifth win in six games,” Krul stressed amid all the post-mortems about David Moyes’ tenure as Manchester United manager. “I want to focus on us. We are right up the league where we want to be.
“Our aim was top 10 at the start of the season. At the moment we are taking things game by game. We had a fantastic November but this is a really important month.”