Newcastle United man issues rallying cry ahead of Marcelo Bielsa reunion
Newcastle United defender Javier Manquillo believes that Friday night’s meeting with Leeds United is a game they “have to win” as his side look to bounce back from their defeat against Manchester United.
The Magpies were beaten 4-1 at Old Trafford on the weekend and currently sit in 19th with just a point from their opening four matches ahead of what is a crucial clash at St James’ Park.
It wasn’t all disappointment for Manquillo, though, who scored his first goal in a Newcastle shirt but an inspired performance from Cristiano Ronaldo helped the Red Devils to victory.
This is poised to be an important game for both sides and the Whites have also failed to win in the Premier League so far, having lost against Manchester United and Liverpool whilst drawing with Burnley and Everton.
Despite that run of form, Manquillo admitted that they are expecting a stern test and is relishing the opportunity to face his former manager Marcelo Bielsa again.
Speaking to NUFC TV, the Spanish right-back said: “I have to tell you that I only worked with Bielsa for just the two or three weeks because I’d only just gone to Marseille and that around the time he’d decided to leave the club.
“So as a result, I didn’t really get to know him too well.
“But I reckon what we do all know about Bielsa is that all his teams play with such an incredibly high intensity and so I think it’s going to be a very tough game for us – but it’s a game that we have to win.”
The defeat against the Red Devils was Newcastle’s fourth of the season in all competitions and it has put Steve Bruce under increased pressure to start picking up results.
They will, however, be boosted with a return to a full St James’ Park – in front over 50,000 supporters for just the third time since March 2020.
This is something Manquillo insists will give them an “advantage” and hopes it can give them a much-needed boost to earn all three points against the Whites.
“Whenever you lose a game, you’re always unhappy, and then all you want is for the next game to come around as quickly as possible so you can pick up a win and three points,” he continued.
“Every team of course has an advantage when they are playing in their own stadium.
“On this occasion, it’s ourselves who will be at home, and we know that we have a fantastic set of fans who are going to be getting right behind us and giving us the support that will give us that bit extra to try and get the win.”