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Wolfsburg 1 Newcastle 3 – Match ratings of all United players

2 years ago
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Wolfsburg 1 Newcastle 3 – Wednesday 2 August 3pm (UK time)

Elliott 7 – I don’t think he touched the ball once in the first half, not a save made! Distribution was poor though!

Manquillo 7 – Same again, defensively we look very solid. Doesn’t look as if he is going to offer the same options going forward as Yedlin, so maybe expect to see him more away from home.

Lejeune 7 – Said this after every game in pre-season so far, very good on the ball but yet to be tested. I think we will know more after Spurs and Huddersfield as he looks a guaranteed starter at the moment. Hopefully alongside Clark.

Clark 7 – Safe as houses as usual, I know Shelvey has the armband but he would be my captain because he should be first name on the team sheet.

Dummett 6 – Hard to give the defence much of a write up because they had very little to do in the first half – but he did gave away a penalty.

Shelvey 6 – Did ok but a lot of stray passes and missed a few good chances. Still always looks a different class to most players on the pitch even when he plays bad. Great assist for Atsu.

Hayden 7 – Broke up the play well and looks set to start with Shelvey on the opening day

Ritchie 7 – Scored a great free kick but still doesn’t look up to fitness.

Atsu 8 – Lots of promising runs and caused havoc at times. Scored a goal.

Perez 8 – A good performance, might be staking a claim to start at Spurs over Diame.

Mitrovic 7 – Scored a goal but was poor all round and could have had two more – but a goal is all you can ask of really.

Diame 6 – Didn’t do much! Again, pre-season so it’s hard to rate the second half performances.

Darlow 6 – Made a good save, although was almost caught out from a long distance shot from the halfway line.

Mbemba 7 – Slotted in at right back again! Could be the back up right back and centre back this year.

Lascelles 7 – In a rush to make the squad for the first game, I fancy Lejeune and Clark.

Gamez 6 – Caught out a few times, a left back to compete with Dummett is badly needed.

Aarons 6 – Didn’t impress and usually doesn’t for me (except at Bradford).

Merino 7 – A couple of good passes and looked confident in what was a cameo.

Murphy 7 – Looks like he has a lot of potential! Not afraid to have a shot and should be pushing Ritchie and Atsu for a starting slot on the first day.

De Jong 6 – Didn’t impress again for me, can’t see him being at SJP come September.

Toon Army in Germany 10/10.

A shout out to the woman who needed to catch a flight to the airport so bought a ticket for her Iraqi taxi driver so he could stay and watch the game, while keeping the suitcases in the taxi, and being ready to go straight to the airport!

And a final mention to the Aston Villa fan wearing a ‘5 Lansbury shirt’ – you’ve got bloody big balls!

Wolfsburg 1 Newcastle 3

Goals:

Newcastle: Mitrovic 38, Ritchie 43, Atsu 68

Wolfsburg: Malli 52

Newcastle United:

Elliot (Darlow 70), Manquillo (Mbemba 70), Lejeune (Lascelles 70), Clark, Dummett (Gamez 70), Ritchie (Aarons 70), Shelvey (c), Hayden (Merino 70), Atsu (Murphy 70), Pérez (De Jong 70), Mitrović (Diame 46)

Crowd: 3,011 (Approx 300 Newcastle)

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