Eddie Howe is convinced that the best form of defence is attack for Newcastle United – regardless of whether they hold a precious lead or not. After going into the interval 2-0 up at Old Trafford, Newcastle could have been forgiven had they shut up shop and settled for a passage into the last eight of the Carabao Cup through defensive work.
But Howe was having none of that and wanted his side to get more goals with Joe Willock adding to Lewis Hall and Miguel Almiron strikes. Howe told Chronicle Live: “The message at half-time was to be positive and brave and continue to do the things that brought us success in the first half.
“I’ve seen many games like you have here where the Manchester United crowd win them the match. We were determined to still be positive and play our normal game.”
Newcastle are ranked as third favourites to win the Carabao Cup with most bookies with Liverpool tipped to lift the trophy, and Chelsea also handed shorter odds than United due to having home advantage in the next round.
Howe has made it clear that he is not focusing on just one competition despite the Carabao Cup offering the best chance of silverware in the eyes of many fans. Howe said: “We’re determined to try and do well in every game, that’s genuinely internally how we’re looking at it. We prepared as well as we could for tonight, picked a team that we felt could win and now we’ll try to do the same for Arsenal.”
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