Manchester United were left reeling as their young stars were taken apart by Newcastle United on Friday night.
A first home defeat of the season and only their second overall, saw the Manchester United second string lose 4-1 to the visitors.
In their write up on the match, the official Manchester United website described Newcastle as ‘industrious, skilful and well-organised’, which was a fitting description on the night.
This victory makes it five wins out of six (all competitions) for Newcastle after a surprise home defeat to Middlesbrough last time out.
No surprise either as to who it was who set Newcastle on their way to victory last night.
Danish striker Elias Sorensen was nominated for the reserve league player of the month yesterday after eight goals in October and he scored numbers 13 and 14 of the season in this latest outing.
A smart close in finish on the half hour, then after Man Utd had equalised via a lucky deflection, Newcastle were back in front early in the second half when a brilliant team move ended with a cracking finish from the 19 year old Dane.
Sorensen was then subbed on the hour after picking up a knock and his replacement Yannick Toure scored in added time to seal the victory with his first ever Newcastle goal to make it 4-1, winger Callum Roberts having continued his own fine form when scoring NUFC’s third of the night, his eighth in all competitions.
The Newcastle United under 23s showed some great counter-attacking play on the night and if fans wonder why the first team are failing in that respect this season, the difference is that the reserve side had the pace to put it into action, something that is sadly lacking when Rafa’s team are trying to do the same.
Obviously we are all hoping for better this afternoon when Watford visit but unless form does pick up, then supporters will wonder why the likes of Elias Sorensen, Callum Roberts and Sean Longstaff aren’t at least getting onto the first team bench.
The only sour note on the night was when the match was held up for six or seven minutes as NUFC defender Lewis Cass was treated and subbed after picking up what looks a bad injury.
Official Manchester United site:
‘…the visitors had not read that script, showing plenty of adventure and positivity.
Manchester United’s Under-23s slipped to a second successive league defeat as an industrious, skilful and well-organised Newcastle United side triumphed 4-1 at Leigh Sports Village Stadium on Friday evening.
The Reds drew level in first-half injury time through Angel Gomes’s deflected lob but the Magpies scored three times without reply after the break to take all three points back to the North East.
The game remained finely balanced but then, in the 31st minute, the Magpies’ bright start bore fruit when Elias Sörensen cut in from the left before firing a shot past Kovář to give his side the lead.
Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood both went close to scoring for the Reds, but sandwiched in between those chances, Newcastle had recaptured the lead with striker Sörensen claiming his second goal of the night.
The prolific Danish forward was, surprisingly, replaced by Yannick Toure just a few minutes later but it appeared to have been some kind of tactical switch.
The Reds’ hopes of preserving an unbeaten home record were dealt a further blow in the 80th minute when Callum Roberts lashed home Newcastle’s third goal.
Magpies substitute Toure completed the scoring when he slammed home his side’s fourth goal with virtually the final kick of the match.’
Manchester United 1 Newcastle United 4
Woodman, Cass (Allan 37), O’Connor, Watts, Gibson, Bailey, Roberts, (S)Longstaff, Sorensen (Toure 62). (M) Longstaff, Wilson (Sangare 76)