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
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)