Newcastle's Obertan keen to make point to former club Man Utd

Gabriel Obertan
Obertan has made 12 appearances for Newcastle this season

Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan says he is determined to make a good impression on his return to former club Manchester United this weekend.

Obertan, 22, joined in August having played only 28 games in two seasons at Old Trafford but has made 12 Magpies appearances already this season.

"Whenever you leave a club, when you go back you want to prove you are a better player," Obertan told BBC Newcastle.

"I'll try to do it, but before that I want the three points."

During those two seasons in Manchester, the former Bordeaux player was part of a squad that won Premier League and Carling Cup honours, as well as reaching the Champions League final.

However the current Red Devils side have had their critics.

The questioning by one journalist prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to walk out of a Champions League press conference on Monday, prior to Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Benfica.

In addition domestically October's heavy defeat by rivals Manchester City, whom they trail by five points in the league, has threatened United's ambitions of defending the title they lifted in May.

"I've seen it before, some seasons they've not played really well and they've won the title," Obertan continued.

"You shouldn't write them off, we'll see where they are in January and February.

"The mentality in Manchester is winning, there will be games in a season where they don't win well, but they still get the three points and that is the difference."

You can hear the full interview with Gabriel Obertan in the build-up to Manchester United v Newcastle United on BBC Newcastle on Saturday, 26 November, as well as fans' debate, interviews and reaction on Total Sport, weeknights from 17:30.

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