Once again Alan Shearer has been put in an impossible position.

Having to talk about the team he is a lifelong supporter of and having no alternative but to describe them as an embarrassment.

Andros Townsend might have deserved his goal but Chelsea deserved their five and arguably, at least another five on top of that.

You had the two most radical ends of the spectrum, on the one hand some devastating attacking play from the home side, whilst on the other hand some of the most unprofessional, careless defending from Newcastle.

Alan Shearer thinks that there IS ability in the United team but he also seriously questions the character and attitude.

Two missing strands that Shearer and many other fans feels adds up to a serious danger of relegation.

Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:

“It was an embarrassing performance from start to finish for Newcastle.

“I think they have got ability in that team but you know what, in their position I would be worried where they are, because ability is not enough.

“You need character and you need attitude and I am not sure they have got enough of that. They certainly haven’t had it all season and they didn’t have it today – Steve McClaren has to be worried like the fans are.

“Newcastle have got three defenders against one Chelsea player (build-up to the second goal), one should be behind and one in front, Hazard shouldn’t get that ball. The second mistake, basic error from Aarons, Pedro – thank you very much and it is a great finish.

“Costa and Coloccini (third goal), he has got five yards on Costa, now I don’t think Costa is particularly quick, he is not, he is a good player but not particularly quick. He (Costa) puts it on a plate for Willian. More worryingly, just how easy it is for Willian to get in between Tiote – lack of effort from Tiote, lack of effort from Janmaat in trying to get back with him. Could do better and 100% should do better.

“You have Fabregas (fourth goal) time on the ball, picks his head up, Janmaat again not good enough, Taylor again…, it is a brilliant pass and great run (by Pedro) but defensively it was embarrassing.

“For Newcastle it was hopeless and they have to improve.

“Seven goals away from home all season, that is the worst in all four divisions – that tells its own story.”

(To read what Mick Quinn had to say about Newcastle’s display go HERE.)

(To read the instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction go HERE.)