‘Gayle and Joselu working well together is great for the team’
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.
“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
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)
(Gary Linker gives message to Newcastle fans after defeat at Old Trafford – Read HERE)
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