Moussa Sissoko believes that Arsenal keeper Ospina was in inspired form in the second half on Saturday but also revealed that John Carver had told his players to keep a close eye on Olivier Giroud…

Two first half goals later and the match was all but over, though United’s stand-in Captain believes the players can take inspiration from that second forty five.

“We played very well but I think the keeper was fantastic. We are a little bit sad but when you play against a big team you know the game will be hard – but I think the team showed a good performance.

“We started well in the first ten minutes but then we concede so many free-kicks, we know Arsenal have big players and Giroud scored two goals, after that the game was hard. I know every year he (Giroud) he scores a lot of goals, and before the game the manager says we have to be very careful about him, but we didn’t. “

No five in a row?:

“At half-time the manager said the second half is another game or we can stay in the changing room and the game is dead. I think we showed character and we can be happy about that.

“We have to learn from this match and do better at Sunderland. I came here over two years and we have lost every (derby) game. Now though it is a new game and you have to do everything because it is a massive game for us, the fans, the city, everybody.”

Since Moussa Sissoko arrived at Newcastle there have been four derby matches and they have finished 0-3, 1-2, 0-3 and 0-1.

A massive responsibility on the whole team and especially him as Captain, five in a row against Sunderland is not something that can be contemplated, especially when the chance has been presented to help relegate our neighbours.