Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 2 – Wednesday 2 January 8pm
We asked Jonathan Drape-Comyn to give us his match ratings after Saturday afternoon’s match.
Newcastle staying in the game for 64 minutes but being undone by two second half goals.
The club stay 15th in the table with 18 points but after only one win in eight games and other teams now picking up points, Rafa’s players are only two points above the relegation zone.
Dubravka 4 – Obviously he was at fault for the first goal which was the important one but I’m not going to criticise him for it.
He will (and has) saved us a lot more points than he has cost us that’s for sure. He’s earned that mistake in my opinion.
Yedlin 5 – I think he really struggled to have any sort of impact on the game.
Failed to get forward down the right hand side and was caught out of position several times defensively. Wasn’t helped by having nobody in front of him for protection.
Schar 7 – Did ok, I think so anyway!
I didn’t see an awful lot from Schar I have to be honest. I thought Rashford was nullified quite well though throughout the game.
Lascelles 6 – Doesn’t look settled at the moment. Doesn’t look fit.
Seems to be making rash decisions also. Perhaps he is feeling the pressure with Fernandez and Lejeune waiting in the wings but we really need him to step up his performances over the coming months.
Dummett 7 – The one centre half who stood out.
I would have had him at left back in a flat back four but nonetheless I thought he did very well. Looked composed on the ball and never looked rushed by Man U’s forward line.
Ritchie 6 – It just doesn’t work for him at left wing back. He is neither coming nor going.
At times, it doesn’t look like he knows where he is supposed to be either. You get your usual hard work and industry out of him but he’s completely wasted in a back five.
Hayden 6 – I don’t know how unfit Shelvey is, but the fact Hayden has started our last three games, goes to show just one of the predicaments we are in at the moment.
He looked like a complete outcast only a few weeks ago. He didn’t play badly, but alongside a defensive minded Diame, they certainly don’t complement each other.
Diame 6 – Thought he did ok when he was on but as mentioned, when playing next to another holding midfielder, he becomes ineffectual.
Both he and Hayden were sitting on top of the three centre halves for the most part. Will be a big loss if he is out for a while (which again says a lot about the state we are in).
Perez 5 – Aside from a wonderful pass to set up Atsu for a half chance in the first half, he was useless once again.
Atsu 8 – Our best and brightest player on the night.
Looked like the one source of urgency and threat. Just a shame his final ball consistently let him down.
Rondon 6 – Again, I thought he didn’t do bad but when it came to taking that half chance he would be guaranteed to get, he didn’t look like he would come close to converting.
Battled, and held the ball up well, but not good enough on the night.
Shelvey 6 – The stereotypical Shelvey performance when he came on. Didn’t do a lot.
Nearly changed the game with a wonder pass to Perez. Then should have seen red for a horror challenge on Pogba.
Kenedy N/A (I didn’t even realise he had been on the pitch!)
Muto – N/A (Not on long enough to judge)
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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 81), Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame (Shelvey 53), Perez (Kenedy 69), Atsu, Rondon
Woodman, Joselu, Manquillo, Lejeune
Crowd: 52,217 (3,000 Man Utd)
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