Gary Lineker has reflected on Newcastle’s defeat to Manchester United.

Rafa Benitez going to Old Trafford and coming away with a 4-1 defeat.

However, the opening half hour Newcastle were arguably the better team and certainly created the best opportunities.

In the 14th minute a flowing move down the right saw DeAndre Yedlin do superbly and when he cut the ball back, Dwight Gayle struck it well to give David de Gea no chance, as the low shot went in off the post.

Gary Lineker pointing out that incredibly, this is the first goal in open play that Man Utd have conceded in the Premier League at Old Trafford in 11 months.

The last team to do it were Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve 2016, Leadbitter gave Boro the lead after 67 minutes, only for 85th and 86th minute goals from Martial and Pogba to snatch a late win.

That pair scored the first and third goals respectively yesterday, leaving Newcastle fans deflated.

As Gary Lineker says: ‘It is the hope that kills you!”

Talking on Match of The Day, Alan Shearer says he was ‘jumping up and down’ when Dwight Gayle scored but that the elation ‘didn’t last very long’.

To be fair though, in the 20 minutes after Newcastle took the lead, NUFC did play well and even had chances/situations where they could have added another.

However, whilst Martial’s 37th minute goal was a massive blow, the added time Pogba one, was a knockout one.

Gary Lineker:

“Newcastle got the lead in that game, the first goal (from open play) that Manchester United have conceded in the league since New Year’s Eve…but it is the hope that kills you isn’t it!”

Alan Shearer:

“Well I was jumping up and down but it didn’t last very long.

“It has been a disappointing time over the last three games for Newcastle fans.

“But they are sat just below mid-table with 14 points from 12 games.

“I think the manager and the fans, and even the players I think, would have settled for that before the season started.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1


Newcastle United: Gayle 14

Manchester United: Martial 37 Smalling 45+1, Pogba 54, Lukaku 70

Possession was Man Utd 65% Newcastle 35%

Total shots were  Man Utd 16 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Man Utd 7 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Man Utd 11 Newcastle 4

Referee: Craig Pawson

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Aarons 66), Shelvey, Hayden, Murphy, Joselu (Mitrovic 71), Gayle (Diame 77)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Gamez, Perez, Mbemba

Crowd: 75,035 (Newcastle 3,100)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match go HERE)

(To read what Jose Mourinho said after the game go HERE)

(To read NUFC Match Ratings from the game go HERE)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    We are where we are because we lack quality, watching the game i can only say that Jonjo was the only player that didn`t look out of place in this league.
    some others did Ok but the rest were dross
    Big bucks need to be spent in January or we are Doomed

    • Leazes Ender

      We were positioned at Fifteenth financially by the deceased owner, but who would have guessed that is where we will actually end up.

  • Leazes Ender

    Who was that spelk next to Shearer on MOTD referring to United….. very confusing!

    Get shot of it.

    • Steve Smith

      It was confusing at first, but after a while it was clear because they actually only wanted to discuss the team from Manchester.

  • Hughie

    Rafa is clearly experimenting at present. 4-4-2 again. But for superb Lukaku and some poor far post defending we played well and were the more threatening team until they scored. 4-1 flattered MU, and with a bit more finesse we could have had three or four. Murphy and Gayle were much improved, but again I think Hayden remains a major weakness. Reminds me a bit of Jenas. Good engine but poor distribution. Good chance of turning over Watford on this display. Don’t panic Captain Mainwaring.

  • Wor Lass

    We were always odds-on to lose this one but at least the lads gave it a good go. We desperately need laascelles back and to buy a goal scorer in Jaanuary.

  • Arty Hume

    Played well for half an hour as we all know, but I thought their goal was a foul on our defender who was held down by a forearm on his neck and therefore could not jump! No one on our team reacted to the foul. Any way showed signs of progress, but we do need some extra signings next year. Was so disappointed Mitro was brought on when the game was already lost and the team dispirited, what did that prove? Mitro an Gayle next game and we will win. Come on Rafa drop Josey.

    • David2211

      It could mean Gayle (who hasn’t played much) was getting taken off with a good game and a goal under his belt in case he got a knock.
      Joselu has played every game recently, so needed a rest.
      Aarons and Mitrovic may be in contention for starts on Saturday so bringing them on and just getting them so game time wasn’t a bad decision.

      • Phil Yare

        if joselu needs a rest after his seasons contribution so far then I don’t think there’s much to come from him for the reminder

      • Steven05

        I’m not a fan of Mitrovic but I now want him to play instead of Joselu. I kind of almost feel sorry for him tho – we were desperate for a striker and signed a Stoke reserve due to lack of money spent – it’s not really his fault that he’s not up to it! I’ve always wanted to see more of Aarons, and after last season I’m sure Gayle will feel a bit left out now. We do still have Lascells and Marcus M to come back in soon I hope. Survival is still the most important aim. Nearly half the league would swap places with us right now

  • Guest 2

    Nah, Gary – it’s the Taxman finding your offshore money that kills you ;-)

  • Munyaradzi Mushato

    No, Mou, no to back 3 when you do not have inteligent ball players in defence. Look what happened at Chelsea, unmarked player scored, and again unmarked player scored at Old Traford yesterday.The defenders who can in back 3 set-up in current crop are Blind and Rojo. Furgie did not try it coz he only had Ferdinand who could do it. Bailey, Smalling, Lideroff(mind the spelling) just cannot do it, they are comfortable in a back 4 setup, as double centre halves. You do not have the materials Mou, and I doubt if you have mastered it youself well enough to use it at Manchester United! LVG was the master of back 3 formation, although I think some of his philosophies were out of time.