Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 2  – Saturday 6 October 5.30pm

We asked Jamie Swan to give us his match ratings after the game at Old Trafford…

Ah man, gutted.

It’s the hope that kills you.

These could have read very differently – but if we play like this every week – BRAVER and more clinical, we might, might have a chance.

Dubravka 8

Some outstanding saves, and doesn’t deserve to end up on losing team.

Yedlin – 6

Couple of decent breaks forward only to get chopped down, shrank with the rest in panic at the end.

Manquillo – 6

Weak as water but luckily didn’t have too much up against him for the main part. Not a footballer.

Fernandez – 7 (First 70 mins 8)

Held tight with the Captain, but all their subs including the Muppet with the Afro Fellaini, unsettled them all.

Lascelles – 7 (First 70 mins 8)

Looked really good early doors, strong at the back and a couple of dangerous contacts in other box.

Ritchie – 8

Part of an aggressive forward line that defended from the front and pressured. Unlucky with a back heel.

Kenedy – 8.5

Where have you been all season kidda? So dangerous on counter, great goal – blew his beans on another chance.

Diame – 7 (just)

Started great, Did all the strong donkey work and moved us forward but stupid trip tipped the first domino over. Very frustrating.

Shelvey – 8

Always looked classy and was pinging quality balls first time towards front line regularly. On his knees at the end.

Muto – MOTM 9

Busy, clever, quick – great turn and goal. Unlucky not to get more.

Perez – 8

This lad is pure marmite, sometimes I’ve just got no idea how he gets a game – others he reminds you why he does. Worked hard and well with Muto.


Murphy – 5

Added to that impending feeling of doom that we couldn’t do enough to hold on.

Atsu – 3

If I wonder sometimes with Ayoze how he gets a game, I think this guy is so way out of form that he is actually a liability. Couldn’t find a team mate with a heat seeking missile.

Joselu – N/A

On too late to judge.

The Manager – 8

Brave and made changes, but there is only so much he can do with this squad that he has. You can’t polish a turd, but occasionally roll it in glitter. Last season and tenth is looking more and more glittery.

Loads of folk will no doubt be trying to nail the gaffer for a perceived retreat but the subs on each bench tell the tale of where we are at (if you didn’t know already?)

Owner in the crowd – 0

Big fat nought, that stands for the amount of people who want you here. MIKE ASHLEY, killing NUFC since 2007.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 2


Newcastle: Kenedy 7, Muto 10

Man Utd: Mata 70, Martial 76, Sanchez 90

Possession was Man Utd 73% Newcastle 27%

Total shots were  Man Utd 18 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Man Utd 10 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Man Utd 10 Newcastle 6

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Murphy 68), Perez (Joselu 88), Muto (Atsu 78)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Schar, Hayden

Crowd: 74,519 (NUFC Approx 3,000)

(Alan Shearer blames referee for Newcastle not beating Man Utd – Read Here)

(NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s cruel defeat Here)

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  • Cockneytrev

    I’m presuming 3 is the lowest that can be given, as atsu should only get 1 and that’s for putting his shirt on the right way round,,,

    • Mxpx

      If he’d called in sick that would have been better

  • Leicester Mag

    That bench would shame a championship side. Man U changed the game with subs sadly so did we! Again and again and again the folly of buying bargain bucket players to fill the numbers comes back to bite us.

    • Ram Kishore

      Rafa did make a mistake with subs or he didn’t have the sub to run like Muto. Atsu’s lack of physicality and threat in the air is becoming a great liability imo. I really didn’t see a lot of quality from him even when we were in the championship

  • Philippines

    I think we will now see Muto in the starting eleven

    • TheTradge

      Agreed, he showed what he’s made of today, excited to see what he does for the rest of the season!

  • Wezza

    Never been that gutted in a long time.
    The first 10 mins revitalised what we have lost under MA – excitement and passion! Only for it to be taken away by the scum late on.
    ASHLEY OUT!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheTradge

    Mourinho’s subs changed the game, sadly so did Rafa’s, I have no idea why he took off both Kenedy and Muto, those guys were the main driving force of our attack, without them we looked toothless; Atsu shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the pitch for the rest of his time at NUFC, he’s not good enough! I will say however that I was impressed by Fernandez, now I see why he was signed, had a really good game and worked well with Lascelles, just needs to maintain his focus in the latter stages of matches.

    • Big Al 1967

      Kenedy was taken off as he was injured

  • NUFC17

    Is that a minus 3 for Atsu?