Toon 1 Mancs 0

Last updated : 07 October 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schär, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, Almirón (Krafth 90), M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 83), Joelinton (Carroll 56)
Subs: Dummett, Shelvey, Gayle, Darlow

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Local boy Matty Longstaff was given great encouragement from the Toon Army during this game - with shouts of "shoot!" every time he got the ball in the final third. And he was the hero as he scored on his Newcastle debut to pile more misery on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United with a 1-0 win at St James' Park.

Steve Bruce hadn't beaten United in 22 attempts as a manager but felt he had his best chance given the poor form that the Red Devils had been displaying of late - although a 5-0 hammering at Leicester was hardly top form for Newcastle themselves.

There was also the fact that United had gone 10 away games without a win, and in fact had not won on the road since their Champions League epic in Paris - a game which seems a million miles away after yet another frustrating road trip.

Were Newcastle the better team? In all honesty they were!

With a revamped back-line they were never brilliant, and gifted Man Utd two chances they should have buried, but ten times better than the performance at Leicester.

With all the various dramas going on around Newcastle, the team showed a great response to last week as they were bright from the start, and posed most of the attacking questions throughout the match as Solskjaer's side again struggled to find any cohesion or rhythm going forward.

The livewire Allan Saint-Maximin was looking dangerous with his pace from the off, and went close with a 12-minute effort, while Miguel Almiron really should've done better when he dithered on the ball when looking clean through.

One touch too many ... as always!

The fact Andreas Pereira only notched United's first shot on target four minutes before half time told its own story and Martin Dubravka was in truth rarely tested in the Newcastle goal.

Even when the visitors managed to get a golden chance, Harry Maguire wasted it when he some missed a free header from a corner when it looked harder to miss the target.

The intoduction of Andy Carroll changed things in many ways. Joelinton was getting no joy and dropped deeper and deeper giving the Magpies little option up front.

He was a passenger, and it was remarkable how he lasted so long.

The breakthrough came with just 17 minutes left when the speedy Saint-Maximin burst clear, laid the ball off for Jetro Willems who squared for Longstaff to fire home a crisp low drive beyond David De Gea.

The kid said it was a "hit and hope" shot, but he rattled the crossbar in the first half with a superb effort, and he knew exactly whahe was doing when scoring the goal.

It could be argued Man Utd are the worst team to come to St James' Park this season, and heads will roll after this.

As for United? The team looked better with Yedlin replacing Krafth and Clark in for Dummett. The midfield looked better with the two brothers bossing the big stars of Man Utd, although at times we couldn't believe how bad the Mancs were.