It was 30 September 2000, 74 minutes into the match at Maine Road, Alan Shearer notched the only goal of the game to give Newcastle a 1-0 win.

Fifteen years later and sadly the United legend isn’t on the pitch any longer to dig us out of trouble.

However, he is in there fighting our corner still, he is a proper Newcastle United fan just like us, and he’s hurting.

In the past Shearer has been accused of sitting on the fence far too often but he was well and truly off it last night on Match of The Day, the Number 9 legend telling it as it is.

This is what Alan Shearer had to say about what happened at the Etihad and I can’t disagree with a single word:

“They didn’t fancy it, they were pathetic and it was embarrassing, from the first minute to the last.

“I can just imagine the Newcastle team talk before the game… ‘Right lads, this team have got Barcelona on Tuesday, let us just keep it tight for the first 10 or 15 minutes. Get in among them and put one or two tackles in, see if they fancy it, but after 20 or 30 seconds, that is out of the window. Newcastle just didn’t get near them.”


“It was just far, far too easy for City. These are top players and you cannot give them time on the ball like that.

“City showed so much hunger to get the ball back, even when they were 3-0 up. I never saw that once from Newcastle – it was pathetic.”

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