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

Dubravka 10 – What an introduction! Aside from the obvious numerous saves he made, the most important thing for me is that he commanded his box and even after the first 15 minutes, you felt confident with him in goal. I don’t want to get too excited as it’s only one game, but it’s too late, I’m excited, looks like a good signing!

Yedlin 8 – Didn’t get forward as much as usual but most importantly he was solid defensively for once. Sanchez didn’t really get a look in.

Lejeune 8 – Started the game a little clumsy on the ball, but Rafa must have had a word, as the long balls he likes to play soon stopped. Much better from what I have seen of him so far this season.

Lascelles  10 – Considering at the other end of the pitch there were two centre halves (Smalling and Jones) who will probably be on the plane to Russia with England this summer, Lascelles put them both to shame.

Dummett 9 – Can’t be doing with any fans who constantly slag off Paul Dummett. I have mentioned before where he struggles, in terms of pace or attacking threat, but as a left back, he is consistently good. A good defender, and he defended brilliantly today, making numerous crucial interceptions.

Diame 10 – His form since that West Ham game would suggest that he has been like a new signing. In his 18 months at Newcastle, he has been nothing short of rubbish but I don’t think there is much doubt that over the past month he has been our best and most consistent performer.

Shelvey 10 – I think we all saw the Jonjo Shelvey today that we know is there, somewhere. He was everywhere, aggressive, passing was perfect, technique was spot on. A professional display in which he showed why he used to be an England international.

Kenedy 9 – Hey, Mr Ashley, isn’t it amazing how a team can improve when you actually sign players? Kenedy’s class and presence has instantly improved this team. While he is on loan, this is the type of signing/ability that we should be aspiring to with every player. Imagine where we would be if we had two or three more of his ability signed last summer.

Ritchie 9 – More than anything, I am just really pleased for Matt Ritchie today. He has been a little out of sorts lately, in and out the side, plus with Murphy and Kennedy doing well, he’s dropped down the pecking order. A massive goal for him, hopefully he can find his old form between now and the end of the season to help kick us on away from the drop zone.

Perez 8 – I am probably his biggest critic but I think he has done pretty well the past few games. He has had a little bit more aggression about him. Looked a little lightweight at times today but he did well, put himself about and did the job that was asked of him really well.

Gayle 7 – I felt harsh giving him a rating of 5/6 after such a good team performance. It was always going to be a hard game for him alone up top against a Man U backline. I just feel on the ball he needs to offer a lot more.

Joselu 7 –  Came on and put himself about. Held on to the ball well and linked up play. If Slimani can’t start, which I don’t think he will, then I would start him at Bournemouth.

Atsu N/A – (Not on long enough)

Hayden N/A – (Not on long enough)

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0

Goals:

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)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the victory HERE)



  • Leicester Mag

    Best team performance for a very very long time. Again a glimpse of what the club be. If only. Still enjoy the day

  • Paul Patterson

    Marks a bit unnecessarily high.
    Good effort all round..

    • Geordiegiants

      Although an outstanding performance, tens and nines were a bit much for them.

      • Wor Lass

        Not the keeper.

        • Geordiegiants

          He was excellent like!

  • Coach Clagnut

    Thought Kenedy had a so-so game and looks well short of match fitness. Also handing out 10’s suggests the player has no room to improve although the debut of Dubravka was a good 9.
    Rafa, unlike Pardshyt, does not risk any player not 100%. Part of why he’s so respected by his players.
    Slimani may have healed but he’s lacking match fitness and rehab. With 2 weeks to go before Bournmouth there’s every chance we’ll see his debut. If it’s half as good as Dubravka’s it’ll be worth the admission.

    • Ben Jones

      I agree . Kenedy is a 65 mins a game player at moment , his passing went a bit wayward in his last 15 mins

      • gallowgate26

        It’ll be interesting to see if Rafa can get him PL match fit, just in time to hand him back to Chelski. It works out alright this loan market system for Chelsea doesn’t it? We develop/give top level game time to one of their young players and beat one of their top 4 rivals for them…

        • Ben Jones

          Quite . There’s certainly an argument for their methods

        • mentalman

          its how they can pay the big bucks for their first team players, they buy them cheap and loan them out for a couple of seasons then sell for a profit. These loans are only improving their first team by providing the finance to buy first team players while offsetting the costs of the first team without getting rid of first team players.

          Its a great business model and i’m surprised more teams don’t do it

    • steve

      The same Rafa who played Lascelles at 50% for half of last season?

      • Big Al 1967

        I think what this season has shown is even a half fit Lascelles is better than no Lascelles at all. He is our leader and organizer at the back and without him, certainly this season we have gone to pieces

  • Geordiegiants

    How does Dummet lack in pace?????? His pace is one of his strongest attributes!

    • Stephen Paylor

      yes check out his recovery speed and challenge second half i dont remember who it was. The first thing i thought was that i hoped his speed critics were watching. Consistently clocks some of the fastest sprints in the team and is NOT SLOW

      • Whitehurst

        Yeah I thought that too…he properly burnt some manure player!! Had to double check it was actually Dummett?! Mr. Consistency…and to think Pardew thought he’d never cut it as a Prem player. Says it all really!!

      • steve

        Flat out he’s one of the quickest in the league but his turn of pace isn’t great.

      • Ram Kishore

        Maybe they just see the pace and speed in attacks..
        He doesn’t do forward runs much.. this makes Dummet critics call him slower and yeah he his running style makes it look that way

    • gallowgate26

      This has been discussed before. Some people think Dummett is slow, because of his running style perhaps? He’s actually been clocked as one of the quickest players in the squad. If you watch it’s usually Dummett that chases back when the other team break away. He’s not as quick as Yedlin but his top speed is strong point, as you’ve said.

      • mentalman

        two seasons ago Dummett was recorded as the 4th fastest in the prem. Yedlin was recorded slower therefore either isn’t as fast as Dummett or doesn’t apply himself as much

  • TheFatController

    Just 10 for Dubz? What game were you watching….?

  • TheNutJob

    when you have a team like we have it`s nothing short of a miracle to beat Man U
    11/10 for the lot of them

  • toonterrier

    The best home performance for some time luckily we were playing Man Ure who were Krapp.. Shelvey excelled and proved how good he is in the right set up. Well done team. Now lets move forward and win a few more to make sure we’re not going down and then fatty will sell the club (hopefully). See there is a god.

  • Benmagpie

    Didn’t Gayle save one off the line today? Worth his wage for that alone.

    • Geordiegiants

      Gayle was 100% better today than last week, I would of rather had the Hoss on.

  • gallowgate26

    If it’s true that we can sign Dubravka for £4m, might asweel get him signed up now! Best keeper I’ve seen at SJP. Better than Krul. Bigger, stronger, better all round ‘keeper than ‘Given the shotstopper’. (In my humble opinion) Looked cool as a cucumber, even on a TV debut against Manchester United. Looks a real class goalkeeper to me, I hope Rafa is happy with him.

    • Geordiegiants

      Although he was outstanding, it’s only been one game and confidence was flowing through the whole team. Let’s hope his confidence continues for the rest of the season.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Better than Hooper or Lionel Perez ??? 😂😂😂

      • Coach Clagnut

        Did Perez get a game?

        • Peaky Magpie

          No,just checked but 75 for our illustrious neighbours down the A19.

        • pedrodelgardo

          No but I remember being angry at him for getting £6000 a week!

    • Dillon Tovak

      After we signed him I watched the highlights of England v Slovakia, the thing I liked was how quick he sprung to his feet after a dive.
      You could just tell he’s metal, in the best possible way.
      If he keeps this up, I’ll try not to get carried away, but he truly could be a cult and genuine hero.

  • GeordieZebra

    Good performance, cracking result. Throwing around 9s and 10s barmy though. Shelvey, captain marvel and the keeper the only ones who warrant that. Rest 7s & 8s. Just enjoy it ffs without the need to immortalise…

    • Phil Yare

      aye, I was thinking that! we seem to jump from 3.2s to 8’s and 9’s. great result though!

  • Mrkgw

    Underscored Lejeune (vastly), Yedlin, Perez, Gayle. Joselu also. But, how can you suggect that Joselu should start next game? Other than scoring, Gayle did his utmost and ran his socks off. He even saved us on the line with a couple of important blocks second half. Joselu came no closer (to scoring) and so, the starting 11 from today should remain. Brilliant performance from the whole team. No exceptions.

    • Big Al 1967

      Not to mention the fact he should have had a stonewall penalty which yet another myopic referee failed to give.
      However I understand that the FA have now changed the rules. It now states in Rule 101c that ‘A penalty will be only be awarded to Newcastle United when the opposing player either takes an axe, machete, or shotgun to the NUFC player within an unspecified square inch in the area. Failure to apply this rule will result in refereeing in the Championship’ (Sorry Simon Hooper that means you!)

      • Peaky Magpie

        If anyone farts near Kane or Dele in the penalty box they get a penalty….cheating bastards.

        • thewildchimp

          Well, it startles them. They are gentle. Ask their pals Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Bet one or even both of them get sent off in the World Cup…then there’ll be effigies of them hanging all over the country like Beckham ‘98…

          • thewildchimp

            If they play like they did in Euro two years ago – I wouldn’t even have them on the pitch!

            I don’t think they are stupid, though: they know they won’t get the stick here, so they can do whatever they want. The world won’t tolerate that.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    First time we had a decent keeper since the fifties one who can catch the ball and wait for this one kick it to a Newcastle player.

    • gallowgate26

      Given kicked it into the stand half of the time. When Steve Harper came in, I was impressed by his kicking, but really it was just that he could kick the ball to a Newcastle forward within the two touchlines, says a lot really. Krul was an awful kicker also.

      • mentalman

        we’ve always had good shot stoppers but never a keeper who can distribute the ball well and fast

    • Tom Page

      Spot on. A Ronnie Simpson protege.

  • Whitehurst

    Please don’t pay the ransom money to whoever kidnapped Mo Diame at Christmas and replaced him with a far superior & skillfully adept lookalikey!!

  • Dillon Tovak

    Today I’m in love with em all.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Last week at Palace your marks were to low this week to high but the keeper was worth a ten the first time a keeper deserved it since Martin Thomas away against Bristol Rovers in the promotion season. Every other player deserved an eight or a nine. Their no seven the new signing was class but we prevented him from scoring a great day beat Bournemouth and Southampton and will be in a good place.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Totally agree about dummett, the lad is an excellent left back who should reconsider his international stand off as he would certainly get in the wales team now. Superb performance today, energy, belief, what a day…keeper, two centre halves and certain midfielders were immense, 5 points from 3 games..well stay up

  • gallowgate26

    Agree about Lascelles, his development over the last two seasons has been nothing short of astonishing. He is, quite literally, head and shoulders above the two Man U players that will be going to Russia, or at least he was in that game. In a fair world he would now replace Cahill, whose best years are well behind him IMO…

    • gallowgate26

      Only trouble is though you fear a large bid coming in for him in the summer…

  • LondonToon

    Surely Atsu deserves 11 for taking the kick in the face

    • Whitehurst

      Ha ha. Agreed….that must have properly knacked!! Full on boot to face!! 😬

    • thewildchimp

      And the Academy Award for the best supporting actor. Role: sniper victim. Did you hear that scream? 😬

  • Vince Humble

    Harsh on Gayle.Should have had a penalty,assist for goal ,worked his socks off and made at least 2 crucial blocks on MAn U goal bound efforts.Well done Gayle

  • Reggae86

    We’re all rightly buzzing with that performance, but these ratings are straight from Disneyland.