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Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0 – Instant United fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s win

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Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0 – Sunday 11 February 2018 2.15pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle pulling off a brilliant win against the odds.

The three points taking Rafa Benitez’ team out of the bottom three and up to 13th place in the table, although only two points above the drop zone.

Kevin Christie:

“Classic Rafa today.

“That’s the performance he’s been looking for all season. Huge confidence booster.

“Everyone put in a solid shift but Shelvey was immense – by far his best ever game for us.

“Dubravka looks a great addition. Looked very composed and made some vital saves.

“We rode our luck but got what we deserved in the end.

“Fought so hard for the win, would have been heart-breaking to not see it out.

“Well done to Rafa and all the lads today. HWTL!”

Jamie Smith:

“Absolutely brilliant!!!!

“We don’t get days like this very often but it all feels worth it when they arrive.

“Shelvey and Diame were magnificent, making Pogba look rubbish and a struggle to choose between them for Motm, although Dummett, Lascelles, Lejeune and Ritchie all in the mix.

“Terrific team performance and perhaps an indication of what we’re capable of if people play to their full potential.

“Hopefully we can kick on from this and banish any relegation fears, this could even be what you’d call our “Manchestanbul” if you were a bit of a tragic case.

“Even if not, beating Man Utd is brilliant enough in itself. Lovely stuff.”

Nat Seaton:

“Where did that performance come from?!?!


“All put a shift in today but special mention for Diame and Shelvey in the middle and a great debut for Dubravaka.

“It’s only 3 points but to get them from Man United makes it oh so sweet…”

Paul Lyon:

“Fortiter Defendit Triumphans

“Newcastle United will never be defeated!

“Mo Diame colossal

“Get in!!”

Ben Cooper:


“Never thought we had a chance today but some great performances and a bit of luck and what do you know.

“10 out of 10 defensively today,

“11 for the keeper.”

Jamie Swan:

“Fantastic win! Real gutsy performance and I am absolutely buzzing.

“Atmosphere was the best it’s been for donkeys. Long may it last.

“What a debut from the keeper and the two centre halves, Dummett and the centre midfielders absolutely bossed it.

“I’m no Shelvey fan but he was awesome today. Especially without the ball he was mint.

“Big pressure still, hope it’s the springboard.

“Everyone enjoy the moment. Happy Sunday.”

David Punton:

“Desire, effort and commitment – that’s what this team has and finally they got the rewards, and all against an expensively assembled Man U team. A wonderful win, fully deserved.

“We went into that game in the bottom three. Slimani nowhere to be seen and facing a galaxy of attacking talent.

“To emerge on the other side with three points, having played a brilliant game, is just the change of fortune we needed. The fact this was our first home PL win since last October says a lot. It’s been tough.

“Credit to Rafa and his players. He’s kept them going and finally they bagged a win, which could have been smooth had that stonewall penalty been awarded in the first half.

“We witnessed a storming debut from keeper Martin Dubravka too. Having a high quality custodian is not to be sniffed at.

“One win has altered the mood. Winning against Man United against all the odds is the most typical Newcastle United thing ever.”

Paul Patterson:

“Well done to everyone involved in today’s game.

“A joyous 90 minutes to be part of.


Toon Bano:


“This result could change our entire season. Dropping into the bottom three before kick off was an absolute sickener.

“Not any more!!!

“What a result. What a performance.

“Jose now 7 games without a PL win on Tyneside.

“Never mind you like the Geordies…we love you!! Can we play you every week?!

“Howay the lads!!!!”

George Stainsby:

“Well, cover me in eggs and flour and bake me for forty minutes!

“If we build on this, birds will sing, unicorns will make baby unicorns, and we’ll be ok!

“Let’s take the confidence and get some consistency – in the right direction.”

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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 84), Gayle (Joselu 80), Perez (Hayden 90+4)

Unused Subs:

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)


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