Newcastle press self destruct as Manchester United ease to victory
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United
A day to forget for Newcastle United with the self destruct button very definitely pressed by more than one in black in white.
Newcastle had the dream start with a neat one-two between Matty Longstaff and Joelinton allowing the former to smash home to give the visitors the lead with over a quarter of the game gone.
But mistakes from Dubravka (probably), Schar and Sean Longstaff (shockingly) literally gifted Manchester United the win.
Two goals for Martial and one each for Rashford and Greenwood did the job, with Newcastle 3-1 down by half time and, but for a post and some iffy finishing following a raft of substitutions by the home side, is would have been a whole lot worse.
Steve Bruce will be absolutely furious with his side for gifting this one to their hosts after making such a good start. In a bizarre way, at least the blame was shared.
70 minutes of just AWFUL.
Steve Bruce had returned to the site of his greatest days as a player level on points with Manchester United. Still with a number of injuries to key players, and with the games coming thick and fast, he made 4 changes to the starting line up from the visit of Palace last time out.
In came Willems, both Longstaff brothers and Dwight Gayle. Undoubtedly the correct decision in resting a few, in particular Carroll, and something of a passionate selection of the Longstaffs after Matty’s winner in the home fixture.
STARTING XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar (Krafth, 87), Fernandez, Lejeune, Willems, Longstaff M, Longstaff S, Almiron (Yedlin, 63), Joelinton, Gayle (Atsu, 59)
Bruce was also trying to mastermind a first double over Manchester United since 1931.
The home side started quickly but would have little to show other than a few early corners for their efforts.
A huge chance for Newcastle on 15 minutes should have seen the visitors go ahead. Good work from Joelinton gave Gayle the opportunity to race clear but his effort was just over both DeGea’s glove and the bar.
But moments later the Magpies would not be denied.
The hero Matty Longstaff, again. The set up play followed tenacity from Almiron in midfield. He raced forward on the left and played a great ball across the the Newcastle youngster. Instead of shooting however, Longstaff dropped one over the top to Joelinton who controlled and returned the favour to allow Longstaff jnr to smash an effort into the bottom left corner.
7 minutes later Man U were level. And Dubravka will be kicking himself after a Martial effort, all be it well hit, crept in at his r