Obertan relishing United return
Gabriel Obertan has promised there is more to come from him as he prepares to make his first return to Manchester United.
Last Updated: 25/11/11 1:41pm
Newcastle United midfielder Gabriel Obertan has promised there is more to come from him as he prepares to make his first return to Manchester United.
The Frenchman left Old Trafford during the summer transfer window after two frustrating seasons after Newcastle manager Alan Pardew persuaded him that he could fulfil his potential on Tyneside.
Obertan took time to adapt to his new surroundings but, having enjoyed the kind of run of Premier League football he craved during his time with the Red Devils, has established himself as a key member of the Magpies' side who have started the campaign so well.
A toe infection had sidelined him for the last two games, but the former Bordeaux player has returned to fitness in the nick of time for Saturday's game.
"I think my last game against Stoke was my best game for the club so far, so I think I am getting the tempo of the Premier League and I am getting to know my team-mates better as well, so everything is working fine," said the 22-year-old.
"I just need to maybe score a few goals now and to keep making assists, and it will be great.
"It's only been 10 games, so I think I can do a lot better. That's the way I think, and hopefully I will do it."
Point to prove
Obertan arrived at Old Trafford during the summer of 2009, but made just 13 senior starts as he struggled to force his way into Sir Alex Ferguson's plans on a sustained basis.
He understandably regrets that his time did not work out as he might have hoped, but has no complaints about the latest change of direction in his career path.
"It's never nice to leave such a club," stated Obertan. "There might be some regret, but after the start we have had, I can't have those regrets anymore because after 12 games, we are still in the top six. It's just great."
Asked if he feels he has a point to prove, Obertan said: "In a way, yes.
"When you leave a club, you always have that feeling - when you go back there, you want to prove that you are a better player, and I will try to do it.
"But before that, if we can get three points, that's the main thing."