GOMA CRITICAL OF ROBSON`S TACTICS
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The French defender started in a five-man defence, but was hauled off at half-time as the former England manager reverted to a flat back-four.
Goma, however, stated that the Tyneside outfit never stood a chance of beating the Premiership champions due to their lack of preparation.
An unhappy Goma said: "Before the game, we were hoping Manchester United would not be totally ready. But their players have been playing together for such a long time.
"As for us, we were not ready - tactically speaking. During the first half, the tactical choice was to play with five at the back. But it didn't work because we had not worked on this plan for long enough."
Goma appeared to blame his own performance on the knee injury he picked up last term, saying: "As far as I am concerned, I am disappointed with my game. It might be because I was out injured for six months."
He also added that it may be wise for him to spend some time on the sidelines, adding: "A rehab period might be necessary. I mean that I still need time to recover all my physical means."