John Carver believes that Newcastle United were ‘fantastic’ for 89 minutes against Manchester United.

The Newcastle Head Coach stating that he’d set the team out to frustrate the opposition, summed up by the possession stats which showed only 33% for the home side.

A poor standard if football on both sides was the reality, with brief flurries of excitement usually as a result of mistakes from players in both teams.

Carver claims Newcastle had the best chances and there is certainly an argument for that as David De Gea was the official man of the match, though before that late horror moment, Tim Krul had also made some outstanding saves as well.

Whether Newcastle should have perhaps showed more ambition against what looked a poor side on last night’s display is another matter.

Manchester United had only won three of their thirteen Premier League away matches and we’ll never know if by getting them on the back foot more, Newcastle could have had even more joy and benefited from what would almost certainly be more errors from the visitors.

John Carver:

“For 89 minutes we were fantastic, every player gave 100 per cent, gave everything for the shirt.

“It was our throw but they took it quickly and before you know it it’s in the back of our net.”

Set out to frustrate:

“We were set up to frustrate them and we did that, to concede the goal as we did is hard to take.

“What I will say is that we created the best chances on the night, three excellent chances and we didn’t convert them – which is unusual for us.”