Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 2  – Wednesday 2 January 8pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle battling away but undone with two second-half goals.

A rare mistake from Martin Dubravka gifting the vital opening goal.

Brian Standen:

“Hard living with a Man Utd fan – typical glory hunter.

“Matched them for whole game, one mistake by Dubravka cost, but he owes us nothing!

“Wind back and it was soft free kick in first place!

“Chasing the game, they were always likely to get a second, but no disgrace.

“A word about Pogba, £300k per week and could not break sweat for Jose, suddenly the world’s best!

“A disgrace to all true football fans.”

Nat Seaton:

“Disappointing result.

“Wasn’t too hopeful of picking up any points before the game but at half time I was a bit more hopeful.

“Turned out to be yet another home defeat to a team who were not that impressive.

“There was nothing on show to give me any hope for the next few games…”

David Punton:

“The players gave it a go but they’ve come up short against a club with a galaxy of talent freed from the Mourinho shackles.

“It’s a result that leaves Newcastle United perilously close to the drop zone and facing a tough run of games. Felt for Dubravka tonight on that first goal.

“These feel like toxic times.

“The regime running NUFC is strangling the life out of a club that is in desperate need of fresh investment and new ownership.

“Once again we’re left wondering where the money has gone and why so many apparent lies and half truths swirl around this shambles of a set up that Benitez is trying desperately to hold to together.

“Pains me to say it but we’re in deep trouble.”

Jonathan Drape-Comyn:

“Result was a fair reflection of the game.

“In truth, Newcastle were never in the game and from the onset there was only going to be one winner.

“Atsu was a threat at times but when you line up with a flat back 5, marshalled with Diame and Hayden in front of it, then you aren’t giving yourself much of a chance.

“It took until the 80th minute to make a meaningful substitution, by this point we were 2-0 down and the game was over.

“Not going to criticise Dubravka for his error that led to opening goal. He has kept us in many a game since signing for the club. You could say he has earned that mistake.

PS When was the last time you saw a centre half take the kick off (Schar start of second half)?

George Stainsby:

“We looked like there were more options with Shelvey, but… Atsu couldn’t supply the final ball and we didn’t get those lucky bounces you sometimes need.

“First goal was unlucky, how any times has Dubravka kept us in it? Harsh for him.

“There are worse teams but we’d better get spending the Christmas money.”

Paul Patterson:

“12 months of Sanchez’ wages would pay our striker’s loan fee and cover our number 10’s transfer fee.

“Different worlds.”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“That was absolutely awful for me.

“Very little hope on offer.

“We didn’t really make it that close.

“With injuries and international call ups looming, it looks like we are in for a rough few weeks.

“Happy new year indeed.

“At least we have the FA Cup (for now).”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 2

Goals: Lukaku 64, Rashford 80

Possession was Man Utd 65% Newcastle 35%

Total shots were  Man Utd 16 Newcastle 14

Shots on target were Man Utd 7 Newcastle 3

Corners were  Man Utd 2 Newcastle United 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 81), Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame (Shelvey 53), Perez (Kenedy 69), Atsu, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Joselu, Manquillo, Lejeune

Crowd: 52,217 (3,000 Man Utd)

  • Rafakeegan

    Shelvey is a better football player than pogba. We’ll be fine.

    • Paul Patterson

      You’re mental. He should have been off. Ki is miles better..

      • Wor Lass

        You`re communicating with wind-up merchants, Paul. The greyed out Guest – he keeps changing his moniker but always talks $hite.

        • Mr_Kinnear

          I wouldn’t have thought Charnley had time to comment on the mag. Although he does little else.

    • Toon_army

      No hi is not, what he doing on the second goal, run like a girl

    • pedrodelgardo

      and I used to play for England when I wasn’t in the Beatles.

  • Toon_Army

    Jojo, what a fu.k 😡
    Run down and help your defense.
    Fresh legs😵

  • KennySamsung

    If you defend most of the game how on earth do you win it? By law of averages you lose most of them, Newcastle have lost most of them.

    I pray that the few wins and draws add up to safety. Wish someone would dispatch Ashley to outer edges of the solar system where he can float in weightlessness for at least a few light years.

  • Hughie

    The usual weakness- Perez, Perez and Perez- shocking as a non existent attacking force. Defence will be fine with a decent right back, Shelvey has so much ability but no brain- a red v Pogba. Hayden not good enough on the ball for a PL midfielder. So at least two good ball playing midfielders, a winger who can cross, and another striker. 4 players needed- not a hope… apart from 3 worse teams. Unless.. Benitez takes a chance with Longstaff and a kid or two? He wont- too conservative….

    • MinnesoToon

      Sad isnt it?
      I’d cut off me left arm to have Tiote, Cabaye, Simpson, and HBA back.

      Says alot I think…

  • Blackburn1066

    Its MANU there on another planet to us don’t panic.

    • BigHairyDog

      They’re light years from the top teams so where does it leave us?

      • nufcslf

        This is the truth and this is the worst f**king football I have ever had to suffer through. Not sure I can even be rsed to even bother trying to watch this sh*t anymore until fatty has f**ked off.

  • Ba ba.

    I fear the worst this season and tbh it’s fsckiin boring slow death .. Again

  • fistsofsteel2

    …as soon as Shelvey came on I knew we’d lose.

    • Paul Patterson

      It is getting scary how poor we are with him on the field . .

      • Natturner26

        He is a liability. We should sell him in January before he is worth nothing and we’re stuck with him. Puts in zero effort even as a sub. Unbelievable.

        • Mr_Kinnear

          The only club who would buy him in january are Newcastle…………..oh wait.

      • Tommy

        you must have watched the game with sunglasses on

    • Tommy


    • Kenny

      As soon as we kicked off I knew we’d lose, to blame Shelvey is sheer stupidity

    • HarryHype59

      As soon as Ashley elected to make a £20m profit in the last window, I knew we would get relegated.

  • Mrkgw

    Our friend in Leazes still about then……

  • Grahame Johnson

    Got in the ground 7.40 left 7.41, in 45 years of going seeing us relegated and thumped is part of a mags life, how I feel about Ashley and how our club is run made me walk away. Shame on him!!!

    • nufcslf

      Ground needs to be empty. Not like the football is worth watching in the first pkace. Got the score right, just thought it would be a goal either side of half-time. I did know our sorry lot wouldn’t score. Cashley has to be forced out.

  • Tommy

    you have to laugh when you see people on here having a go at Shelvey.
    sometimes i wonder if they actually watch the game.
    Atsu couldn`t hit a barn door & effort does not win you games, quality players do.
    that Newcastle side is pathetic in every respect except effort.

    • New Durham Mags

      Remember the guy with the banner a season ago ?
      “we dont want a team that wins just a team that tries” ?
      well there you go thats what we got.
      99% of the palyers are doing their best and the effort is second to none but they are just not Premiership players.

  • Kenny

    You go to the games them don’t f##king moan about it, you know exactly what will be dished up.

  • GlasgowMag

    Why o why do over 52 thousand still turn up to watch this [email protected] is beyond me!! Unlike Jonathan who seems to watch every game with I hate Rafa glasses on I don’t actually see what more Rafa can do. Last night he had set his team up to be tight at the back and to hit them on the counter attack which nearly worked. Yet again like so many other times this season when we do counter attack we just don’t have the quality to finish off the moves because of the lack of quality at Rafas disposal!! Looking at the fixture list once we get by the Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal of this world I think the season will pan out the same way as the first part the season with Rafa scraping enough points together from the lesser teams to keep us up and then he will leave!! So will the masses still renew their season tickets once he does leave probably yes and we will have [email protected] forever the joys!!

    • X2

      Think it was a West Ham fan talking about us who commented along the lines of: loyalty is admirable but after a point it just becomes stupidity.

  • HarryHype59

    Does this club under Ashley deserve to retain its premiership status? I will have no complaints when the third relegation occurs this season! Better for the EPL to replace us with a club that actually tries to compete and entertain. Under Ashley, NUFC are debasing the premiership brand.

    It time to accept the Championship is our level, under this regime!