Mike Williamson last night scored only his second goal in 170 appearances, the games spread over five and a half years at Newcastle.

In his first game of the season, the centre-back was understandably happy to not only play, but also nod in Florian Thauvin’s excellent cross for United’s fourth goal of the night against Northampton.

Playing alongside Jamall Lascelles, who was another of the nine change from Saturday’s team at Old Trafford, the pair just about got away with it against the League Two side but didn’t convince.

For Williamson though it was about ‘getting a job done’ and ‘putting in a professional performance’.

As for Thauvin, the 31 year old defender raved about his display, saying the winger has got ‘class’, ‘ability and ‘technique’, but maybe most importantly, the Frenchman has also got ‘a lot of end product’.

This combination of attributes is what the fans want and what they will get excited about according to Mike Williamson.

I wouldn’t disagree with him on that one.

An interesting wait now to see just what team selection and formation Steve McClaren puts out against Arsenal, though surely the signing from Marseille must be included.

Mike Williamson talking to NUFC TV:

“It was about getting a job done, putting in a professional performance, getting some minutes under our belts.

“A lot of players haven’t played a lot this season, a chance to show what they can do – I think we did that as a collective.”

Florian Thauvin & scoring:

“It’s always nice (scoring a goal – watch it HERE), defend first and anything you can add going forward is a bonus. To be honest I was looking at the lino (linesman), as it was a little bit too easy, but I’m buzzing for it.

“I think it is there for everyone to see, he (Thauvin) has got class, he’s got ability, technique and he had a lot of end product  – that is what the fans want and what they’ll get excited about.”