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)



  • Keith wilson

    Let him coach out first team strikers.

    • LEE

      let him be the manager, the one we have sucks at going forward. world class at defending a nil nil

    • Blackburn1066

      now your talking

  • Peaky

    Get him at least on the bench….if we are not careful he’ll be off to a big club like Bournemouth,Crystal Palace or Wolves….
    🐷🐷🐷 OOT OOT OOT
    🤓🤓🤓 OOT OOT OOT

    • Kenny

      Can`t be any worse that what we have.

  • 5floorshigh

    if he keeps scoring at this rate surely Rafa cant ignore him as a possible first team choice

    • Clarko

      He ignored Mitrovic.

      • Mitro was given lots of chances. Watch our Championship matches where the top Serb was outclassed by veteran Murphy and completely destroyed by Gayle.

        • Clarko

          1121 minutes, only playing the whole 90 minutes on 6 occasions and only starting in 12 of his 25 appearances for Newcastle during our Championship campaign does not fall under the ‘lots of chances’ umbrella.

          On a side note when Mitrovic played Newcastle earned 1.96 points per match compared to Gayle and Murphy who earned 1.91 and 1.80 points per match respectively…

          • I don’t think you actually watched those matches, stats don’t really paint the whole picture, but yeah, pick footballers from Football Manager why don’t you.

          • Clarko

            ‘Mitro was given lots of chances.’

            ‘playing the whole 90 minutes on 6 occasions’

            Stats catch moron liars like you out, if we didn’t have stats it would just be your word against mine, luckily we have stats, you were wrong.

      • Blackburn1066

        Yes thank you for saying that, but this kid is better than Mitro

    • Natturner26

      Rafa will surely keep ignoring him, but if Rafa keeps not winning games at this rate perhaps our new manager will give him a look in.

    • Blackburn1066

      Oh! yes he will.

  • Rich Lawson

    If we’re not going to give these lads bench time could they not at least start training with the 1st team to see how they get on against them ?

    • Blackburn1066

      Yes if Kevin Keegan was manager he would be doing just that

  • BigHairyDog

    The irony, this lad could well save Ashley a load of money yet can’t be played thanks to the toxic atmosphere Ashley’s created.

    • Rev

      Thanks to the manager. As far as i know Ashley doesn’t pick the team. If he did perhaps it wouldnt be the same team, same tactics, same formation, same result every week

    • Blackburn1066

      Raffa will not play him

  • Rev

    Thanks to the manager you mean

  • Rafa might give him a chance after January if form keeps up and we rack some more points to at least be 5-6 a drift from the bottom 3. Until then, can’t fault him for not playing the second string.

  • Blackburn1066

    Elias Sorensen needs to find another clooob as soon as he can as he will never get a chance at Newcastle. If any other manager was in charge he would be in the first team but this lot ,no chance