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Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1

Goals:

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)



  • Michael

    Great first half must have been a kick in the nuts to be getting beat. Too many triers without enough ability. Shelvey was outstanding, Pogba played well in fits and starts but Shelvey ran the game. Yedlin brilliant performance, and another class showing by Clark. On the down side Elliott didn’t make save of note, they had five shots on target and scored four, just not good enough at this level. Murphy despite what that half wit Savage said looked completely out of his depth one shot in the second half but in my opinion should never play for us again. Hayden poor poor player again tries his heart out but just not good enough. Joselu as ineffective a forward as I’ve ever seen talk about toothless. Great to see Gayle getting a start though. All in all Man U aren’t the team they were without Pogba I think we could have won despite carrying so many players. Let’s just hope come the revolution we can get rid of some of these players who are frankly not up to it. Still not too disappointed there’s hope yet.

    • Rich Lawson

      Murphy’s strength previously was to run at players and go past them,he didn’t release quickly enough today or played the wrong ball and alowd himself to get boxed in to many times.

  • Mrkgw

    There were some pluses amongst the side and some who, just went missing when it mattered most. In essence, we just arent good enough and the lack of investment is startling. One man is culpable – step forward Mike Ashley. For, it is on his watch that the club have been stripped bare of playing assets. I hope that this takeover happens.

    • Marveauxless

      Whilst funds have been limited Benitez has invested what money he has had poorly; Murphy, Joselu, Hanley, Diame, Lazaar, Manquillo and Selz cost upwards of £40 million

      • Mrkgw

        Hard to disagree when looking at that list. None of them have brought much to the side.

      • Jimmy_toons

        Ritchie, Merino, Yedlin, Gayle, Clarke, Atsu and Lejeune…we can write a list to support our arguments. The bottom line is that the FCB hasn’t given our manager the support that teams in and around us have been given.
        I’m certainly not saying Rafa’s hasn’t made bad buys, but the squad is pretty threadbare, and with injuries, suspensions and/or poor form, we’re going to have some difficult periods in this season.
        What I will forecast is that there is one man that will keep us up, and that man won’t be on the pitch or in the boardroom….or the home counties – and don’t hold your breath on a takeover. IRWT.

      • Wor Lass

        Joselu was bought as a last-minute panic buy because the fat bar steward hadn`t provided any funds for us to buy anyone any good. Murphy was bought for the future. All the others, bar Lazaar, were bought to help us get out of the Championship. You fail to mention Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu and Florian Lejeune.

        • Marveauxless

          I never said he has never made a good signing, I said he has wasted large amounts of money. A newly promoted side is not in a position to invest in potential for the future that can’t contribute immediately, it doesn’t matter if Murphy becomes a £50 million England international, it counts for nothing if we get relegated this season.
          Hanley, Lazaar and Selz did not contribute to our promotion push and whilst Diame did contribute, he performed well below expectation. If they failed at their primary objective then they must be considered poor signings.
          You cannot deny that that £40 million could have been realistically invested in far better players, and not necessarily on miraculous unknown wonder signings priced far below their true value á la Cabaye and Ba.

          • Wor Lass

            You said he`d invested what money he has had poorly. Sounds like a complete condemnation of his total spend to me. The thing is that all managers win some and lose some with transfers KK and SBR both had their share of duck eggs. I don`t remember any opposition to Murphy`s signing on here – people were generally delighted about it. Hanley had a great rep at Blackburn and in the Championship generally. Lazaar was a young lad who was showing promise but, unfortunately didn`t quite come through. WITH HINDSIGHT, they weren`t good signings because they were ultimately unsuccessful. Sels was possibly his worst signing because we already had three decent senior keepers (although one was out of action) and an excellent youngster. Rafa`s not perfect – for example his obstinate refusal to start Mitro and Mbemba and his sidelining of Aarons – but he hasn`t been able to buy his top targets because of the slug`s financial restraints so he`s had to gamble and dredge the bargain basement.

        • Phil Yare

          i think the point hes trying to make is that out of them 10 players we’ve only got one that looks like a premier league footballer and that’s merino.
          The jury is probably still out on atsu and lejeune looks capable.
          The rest there are truly awful. And remember chris hughton had nowt to spend but we blew the championship apart.
          The point about joselu was that it is unnecessary as we have someone who is definitely better frozen out (even if people thought marginally better he is still better and saves us a 5 million quid)
          I think spending 12m on murphy is absolutely crazy, it’s not like we are investing the money on a young ronaldo. So far he hasn’t shown any more potential than any kid who plays in our useless reserve team. He looks very much like a thauvin or cabella signing who will just languish.

          nobody wants to blame rafa but I think we can be disappointed at whats been brought in. to sum it up…..90% of fans including myself can’t wait for paul dummett to come back to replace football impersonator manquillo ( and 90% of fans also know that although an unnatural position for him – mbemba would do a better job there and has done)

      • Phil Yare

        i agree completely. an horrendous waste

  • G Doon Unda

    Some harsh comments, obviously made by folks who think we should be competing with Man Utd. The team I thought overachieved, first 30 minutes was incredible, but when you are a half decent Championship side playing against that Man Utd team, the inevitable happened. A bit unlucky when you consider that nearly every time they got past us they scored. I thought young Murphy did well and hope he keeps on improving. Can you imagine what would have happened if we still had Pards or Maclown in charge….. We’ve come a long way, but without investing, we’ve got no chance against teams like that… Could Elliot have done better, don’t think so.

  • Horses Heed

    Stop the opponents getting crosses into the box and you have a chance.
    Thought Lejeunne and Clark were poor actually, it’s eems that Lascelles will be out for a while too.
    We need to avoid defeat against Watford to raise the morale a bit…