Alan Shearer couldn’t be at St James Park on Sunday afternoon.
Ironically he had to watch the whole win over Manchester United, sitting (as well as leaping to his feet no doubt at times!) in…Manchester.
The Newcastle legend was working, one of the pundits on Match of The Day 2 last night.
Watching/listening, it was obvious how much he wished he could have been there, declaring ‘It looked a fantastic atmosphere’. It was.
After the match Rafa Benitez said ‘Today we were a bit lucky in some of the shots they had…’ but Alan Shearer disagrees on the luck aspect.
Yes Manchester United had their chances, just as Newcastle did, but there was some great defending and players throwing themselves in the way of shots. At no time though was it backs to the wall for anybody length of time.
As Alan Shearer says about the win: ‘I thought it was well deserved’.
Pointing out that Newcastle won the midfield battle and the defence came out on top against the likes of Lukaku, the former number nine sums it up as: ‘Everyone gave absolutely everything for that black and white shirt’.
None of us can ask for any more than that.
Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day 2:
“I thoroughly enjoyed that.
“It isn’t very often I disagree with Rafa…but I didn’t think Newcastle were lucky at all.
“I thought it was well deserved.
“They dominated the midfield.
“Lascelles and Lejeune at the back were absolutely magnificent.
“And the goalkeeper, what an incredible debut for him.
“Everyone gave absolutely everything for that black and white shirt.
“It looked a fantastic atmosphere.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0
Newcastle: Ritchie 65
Possession was Man Utd 64% Newcastle 36%
Total shots were Man Utd 13 Newcastle 10
Shots on target were Man Utd 6 Newcastle 3
Corners were Man Utd 10 Newcastle 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 84), Gayle (Joselu 80), Perez (Hayden 90+4)
Darlow, Manquillo, Murphy, Merino
Crowd: 52,309 (Man Utd 3,000)
(Alan Shearer gives his reaction to the win HERE)
(Read Jose Mourinho’s reaction to the match HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the victory HERE)
(Match ratings for all Toon players after beating Man Utd HERE)
(Rafa Benitez verdict after beating Manchester United HERE)