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

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us their reaction after the game.

Newcastle now making it nine games (in all competitions) without a win.

However, very much a case of what might have been…

Jamie Swan:

“Never wanted a part of a story today of which I’ve got no interest.

“Not one toss given about some team every daft southern tit calls United and a sour faced tart of a manager called Jose supposedly getting the boot.

“Yet somehow we still ended up giving them dribbling hacks every word of verbal diarrhea for the next eon.

“Me gut told us that it wouldn’t be a good visit.  But please not this way man. Cruel, cruel bast…s.

“Stick it up ya backsides.

“The likes of Pogba and Sanchez make me want to vomit and despise modern football and for that poisoned dwarf to win it, just compounds the nausea.

“Gutted for the lads, gutted for the fans and gutted for the manager.

“Our very limited team desperately need 3 points, and we could have easily been three or four up at one point. No penalty given – surprise!

“But as soon as Diame did that stupid trip and we end up conceding the first the writing was on the wall.

“For as brave as we had been before subs, we shrank backwards and Murphy and Atsu were as likely to repeat the early swashbuckle as me after two Chicken Chow Meins and six Guinness.

“Only one man to blame for a bench so poor and that is not Rafa. B&Q have got better quality benches.

“I’m so full of pride for the first 70 mins, pi.. and vinegar from the last 20 mins – that I’m confused.

“Seeing Ashley’s gurning dial and his merry band of mugs make a me want to kick me telly in.”

Paul Patterson:

“At 1-2, even Stevie Wonder saw that coming…”

Jamie Smith:

“That’s impossibly hard to take.

“Good news for the sad cases of the world, as Essex, Africa and the students of the Home Counties gleefully celebrated our demise to a tw.tful excuse of a club that no more represents its area than Old El Paso does Mexico.

“Good performance but difficult to take defeat from such a strong position.”

George Stainsby:

“We’ll play worse than that and hopefully win.

“Man Utd were poor in the first half but we played with a plan.

“Two was never going to be enough.

“Still gutting, but a bit more hopeful.

Will Ashley spend in January? Nope.”

Nat Seaton:

“Same old Newcastle…

“A gut-wrenching defeat and hard to take.

“We played better than previous matches, but the bottom line is we did not have the quality to win from a 2-0 half time lead.”

Ben Cooper:

“I enjoyed it overall.

“It was an entertaining game.

“We were hanging on for a long time and it was no suprise to lose in the end but I went, saw an attacking game, and enjoyed myself.

“The subs changed the result.

“They had good ones that made a contribution, ours were rubbish and made our team worse.

“Still, better than last week.”

David Punton:

“Absolutely devastated.

“A gut wrenching defeat as the win is snatched away.

“We may never get a better chance to triumph at this theatre of nightmares for Mags.

“We’re in real trouble. Such an horrific and heartbreaking way to lose any game of football.”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“Every time we take the lead at the top sides you know what’s coming.

“Complete bottlejob again when they should have been 3 up and out of sight. Huge difference between 2-0 and 3-0 shown tonight.

“An awful collapse but totally predictable. Why do we always do this against the big sides away from home.

“A pathetic effort after the third goal went in as well. Just hoof it to Joselu, great idea.”

Toon Bano:

“I have been a Newcastle man for some 23 years.

“I’ve witnessed every result and every feeling throughout that time

“There is only one word to describe that…

“Inevitable.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 2

Goals:

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)



  • Toontaff

    For most of the first 70minutes I almost forgot about FCB – he did appear in my drunken haze at one point, on screen, fiddling with his wallet, I think…………

    • RAFmag

      Think it was his phone he was fiddling with. Please God it was the new buyer ringing to confirm he/she will pay the asking price.

  • RAFmag

    The subs definitely changed the game. The quality of their bench won the game. 2 definite penalties turned down and 2 easy missed headed chances from Diame and Mutu would have the game put to bed. Overall I am proud of the lads and see significant positives in the performance. Kenedy was much better and took his goal well. Mutu looks a much better option than Joselu. The whole team pressed and it made a massive difference. If we are going down, let’s go down fighting!

    • mentalman

      It was their change of tactics which changed the game

      • HaCkEr_Fc

        Pogba in defence?

        • mentalman

          He did well against perez and atsu, he was getting the ball out of defence quickly and thats why we were getting over run

  • Billmag

    Like the rest of the lads the result was gut wrenching, it was like the Liverpool game all those years ago (4-3) for 66min I dreamt of beating that horrible lot at O/T, as I said on another post if we had won the talk would have been all about them and not what we had done. The media are all over that lot just wished that the same media showed us the same attention.

    • mentalman

      Its no longer gut wrenching to me I’ve become immune to it. A loss no longer puts me in a bad mood as i now expect it. I said as soon as we went 2 up we would lose 3-2. Oh to go back to the days going into every game thinking we could win it

  • Roy

    Sorry, but for me our subs did not change the game. Having a Manchester referee in charge of a Manchester game and blatantly not giving us a stone wall penalty to go 3 up, … THAT changed the game. By the time our subs came on we should’ve been cruising with 3 or 4 goals in the bag. Even Keys and Grey agreed that it was definite penalty… Then when you can call Sanchez, Fellaini and Mata off the bench rather than Murphy, Atsu and Joselu, well that speaks volumes too…

    • molend

      Got it in one, bonny lad. Or, just to annoy Clarko, ‘rem acui tetigit’.

  • Magpie1974

    The next morning and I’m still gutted. Great performance from the starting eleven, but the bench is so weak. The international break is happening at the wrong time too. It would be better for everyone if we had another game as soon as possible.

  • mentalman

    Like so many games i think rafa made the wrong substitution. When atsu came on it was clear to see we were going to try and defend what we had and not really attack. Which was the right call but why bring atsu on to try and defend it. Why not bring schar in to midfield to add an extra body and put a foot in and break up their attacks.

    Instead we get atsu running round like a headless COCKrel and the defenders hitting long balls up to the two shortest players on the pitch

    • RAFmag

      Seemed an odd choice to bring Atsu on when clinging on to the game. His recent other sub appearances have been poor also. I agree Schar was a better option to close the game out. We have yet to see Schar in midfield. We defo need another third centre midfield option as Hayden has been poor.

  • Leazes.

    Jack Lacey-Hatton:

    I see you have removed the picture of yourself wearing the 2013 Manchester United shirt from the banner heading of your Facebook page….. why was that?

  • Martin Rooney

    Wasn’t such a bad day put £2.50 in the toon to win bet365 paid out on 0-2 up so I stuck £4 on man u to win at 20/1, was anyone really shocked?

  • fistsofsteel2

    ….as soon as I seen the change in tactics the second half – sitting back and inviting pressure, I thought we’d probably get beat. Rafa’s fault??