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