Newcastle winger Obertan: Barton? Bah, I have faced down Sir Alex!

Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan is up for tonight's big clash with Joey Barton's QPR.

Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan is up for tonight's big clash with Joey Barton's QPR.

The Toon's ex-Manchester United winger revealed he thought nothing of knocking on boss Alex Ferguson's door demanding to know why he was not in the team.

So facing tough-tackling former Newcastle favourite Barton on his QPR debut will be a walk in the park for the Frenchman, who arrived in a £3million deal just before the Scouser quit for the capital last month.

Obertan, 22, left Old Trafford after just four league starts in two seasons.

He said: "I knocked on Sir Alex's door a few times to ask why I wasn't in the side more. To be fair to him, he gave fair and honest answers. It gives me a point to prove here.

"Joey was very charismatic and not afraid to say some harsh words if needed.

"I only got to know him for a couple of weeks before he left but he was a big voice."

 

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