Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 – Saturday 18 November 2017 5.30pm
Elliott 4 – Wouldn’t go as far as to say he was ‘to blame’ for the first two goals but he looked hesitant all afternoon. Failed to control his 6 yard box never mind the penalty area. Today showed me why Rafa was so desperate to bring in a GK in the summer.
Yedlin 5 – Continues to offer ‘something’ going forward but ultimately not enough and not good enough defensively. Ran ragged by Martial and wasn’t given good enough support by Ritchie. Caught on his heels too often at the back post.
Lejeune 6 – Had an ok game for me, I honestly don’t think the centre-halves did too bad. Could he have done better for the second goal?
Clark 6 – Not a good week for him on the back of a 5-1 defeat to Denmark. Didn’t do anything majorly wrong. Felt like both centre-halves were let down massively by their goalkeeper on the day. A few texts and comments from people saying we missed Lascelles today but I don’t think that was the case.
Manquillo 4 – Suspect defensively for me. No disrespect to Manquillo but the sooner Dummett is back in at left-back the better!
Shelvey 7 – Got on the ball well and did his best to create things. Would be quite happy with the three of Shelvey, Hayden and Merino in the middle of the park at the moment.
Hayden 7 – I actually thought the two centre midfielders did ok. The game wasn’t lost in the middle of the park. Although, he did miss an absolute sitter at the end of the first half, should have done better.
Murphy 5 – Looked like he had made a bright start to the game but didn’t get a look in to be honest. Just looks so nervous every time he gets on the ball. I’d even go as far as saying the club is too big for him at the moment, would benefit from going out on loan in January and playing more football. Must improve though.
Ritchie 6 – Not effective. Both defensively and going forward. Both wingers didn’t do enough to counter the threat from Man U’s flanks.
Gayle 7 – Looked as good and as fit as I have seen him in a while. Did well to link up play at times and took his goal well.
Joselu 5 – Looked dead on his feet after 60 minutes. Hold up play was ok at times but as per usual it’s just not enough. Rafa doesn’t have many other options, but if Mitrovic is on the books and fit to play, then he should be given the chance. Especially when we are in need of something different up top.
Aarons – N/A (Not enough to go on) Didn’t do anything when he came on but will probably jump above Murphy in the pecking order once he is back to full fitness.
Mitrovic – N/A (Not enough to go on) Deserves another chance because what we have at the moment simply isn’t working.
Diame – N/A (Not enough to go on)
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)
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