It is now three defeats in a row for Newcastle but Rob Elliot insists it is simply a case of the team ‘keep doing what we’re doing’.

Going to Old Trafford was always going to be tough, Man Utd having won their first five Premier League matches at home, scoring 15 goals and conceding none.

The return of Paul Pogba proved a step too far for the visitors.

Despite taking the lead and then crashing 4-1, Rob Elliot believes ‘We will have a lot more positives than negatives’ if the team play like that, as they won’t run into Manchester United every week.

One of those positives he believes was the partnership between Joselu and Gayle, whilst the returning goalscorer looked sharp and a threat, I’m guessing that most Newcastle fans won’t be quite so generous with the Spaniard. A couple of decent link-ups early on but sadly he falls well short of what Newcastle are needing up front.

As for Rob Elliot himself, he will surely be reflecting on a poor contribution of his own, the goalkeeper failing to command even his own six yard box and not really a great help to his defence.

Rob Elliot:

“Dwight Gayle hasn’t had a lot of opportunities this season, but we know what a great striker and finisher he is.

“A great finish and to see him and Joselu working well together is great for the team and gave us a few options out on the pitch.

“We have played 4-4-2 at Old Trafford, so we wanted to get on the front foot and control things as best we could by getting after them.

“If you come here and don’t look to win the game, then you are just waiting to get beat.

“But then on the flipside, they do have immense quality and they can take half-chances, or with the quality they have, really put your box under pressure.

“The effort was there though, this was a big learning curve for us, and we have to go to a couple of big grounds in the next few weeks.

“We have shown we can take it to these teams and hopefully we’ll be able to see it through next time.

“We made an excellent start for the first 30 minutes or so, but then obviously they got the first goal and then that swung the momentum to them.

“This was a tough game for us because it was the first time we have really gone to one of the big four teams away from home this season, another new experience for this young squad.

“We still maintain that survival is first and foremost, then we can hopefully build as a team. We’re still young as a team and there will be games when things don’t go to plan, but we’ve got to stick together, and obviously the manager’s experience will help us.

“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing, sticking to the game plan, and if we do that then I think we will have a lot more positives than negatives.

“We’re not going to have to play Man Utd away every week thankfully.

“We have got Watford at home next week and hopefully we can take our good moments into the game and know we won’t get punished like we were at times here.”

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)

(Gary Linker gives message to Newcastle fans after defeat at Old Trafford – Read HERE)

  • TheNutJob

    I think Rob needs some rest & recuperation in a nearby asylum

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Why be so negative?

      Lets be realistic. We have had a good season so far with a squad many feel is way too light of everything.

      Losing away at Old Trafford will not be what decides our season. That without Merino or Lascelles and could probably argue Dummett who is first choice over Manquillo. They played well and did their best.

      We’ll pick up more points playing like we did there. Things could look alot different had it not been for poor officiating against Bournemouth whos luck has changed with 2 massive refereeing blunders going their way.

      Said before though, Gayle will score goals and people have been overeacting with him. He wasnt fit.

      • Soldier

        1 win in 7 get real, relegation form mate

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Perfectly realistic thanks. The league table never lies and we are 11th which is a fair reflection. Certainly from what I feel I have watched this season so far and watching other teams.

          There are worse teams than Newcastle and I say teams… This team is better than the team which took us down as they are a team.

          We are a calm team that in general is organised, tactically aware and gives 100%. Yes it might be missing stardust but there is nothing anyone can do about that under the constraints imposed out of our control. But im proud to support this team for first time since Chris Hughtons team.

          Why isnt 11th a good position? for me 17th and above at the end of the season is a good season for us to rebuild hopefully without Mike Ashley. Again something out of our control.

          Things could always be a lot worse… we could be the mackems.

          • HappyToons

            The league table never lies

            It does. A team might have played the bottom 8 and not the top 8 and be mid table, whilst another team might have played the top teams but not the bottom and be 16th. It is the end of the season when we can say the league table doesn’t lie.

            WE need to keep beating the likes of Watford and Brighton and winning those home games!

          • 1957

            I watched Watford yesterday and they are no mugs, lots of pace in their counter attacks…if we’re not at the top of our game consecutive loss 4 beckons

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Yeah I agree. We will have to be on it but I think Watford havent been great away from home (off head) and conceded the most in the league from set pieces so I suspect Rafa will target that weakness.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Yeah but you can only beat what is in front of you. There are still teams in a way worse state than us with turmoil off the pitch to go with it. We’ve been there are got the Tshirt. There are a few teams down the bottom with the same ingredients as we had 2 years ago.

            Yes we arent going to pull up any trees but this season we will do enough to stay up.

            Some fans have gotten carried away by our little run into the top half. We can easily stick a few games together again at some stage of the season like we did after early season defeats.

            We SHOULD have won against Bournemouth and we were robbed and things would have looked different. But we cant do anything about that now. I still think we have Brighton and Huddersfield to come to ours and expect our home form to see us through. At some stage we will pick up some points away.

            This is still a young team learning and I think under Rafa as the season goes on they will get stronger as they adapt to this league.

          • Mike Adam

            That is only true at the end of the season!

    • Rich Lawson

      He should have come off after the knock,particually seemed to hesitate in the dive for the 2nd goal,Darlow against Watford.

  • Saul Williams

    Rob Elliott oozes with small team mentality.Exactly who we are..

    • 1957

      Another Benitez favourite who will keep his place whatever

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Favourite that hes been trying to replace?

  • 1957

    His view of the other end of the pitch isn’t good, Gayle’s performance might be improving but I doubt it’s anything to do with the Hoss.

    If he seriously believes in keep doing what we’re doing (losing ?) and we don’t play ManU away each week (we still haven’t been to Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City or Chelsea yet) his quotes stink of head in the sand time, what got us relegated previously.

    Better him say nothing than ignore the fact we had a quite easy start to the season and have underperformed. Losing to Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Burnley etc are the results that will get us in trouble.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Why are so many so negative. Our season is about staying up?

    Take a bigger look over 10 games we have won 4, drawn 2, lost 4. Some of those could have been converted into more points as well.

    Bournemouth was a killer we should have won at home.

    However the others against so called teams we should be apparently beating were away from home. Id be worried had we dropped those points at home or been seriously out scored. It would have been nice had we converted one or two of them into draws.

    Sorry to have to point this out but we arent going to win the league. This season don’t care how we stay up as long as we do.

    • Damon Horner

      Every team can dream of the “what ifs” but it’s needed to retain perspective.

      This season is a massive success if we get to May with our PL status and Ashley out the door.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Elliot needs to start looking at himself before commenting on others.Time for Darlow but it won’t happen.

  • Mike Adam

    Elliot, look at the goal scoring record man! We are not going to stay up scoring at the pace we are! We have been shut out 5 times in 12 games and scored 1 goal in 4 others. Horselu, Manquillo, and Elliot should be replaced in my opinion!!!