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Manchester United hammer Newcastle United second string in front of 904 at St James Park

1 year ago

Manchester United were the visitors to St James Park on Friday night.

Newcastle United’s second string getting  a rare chance to play there, though a crowd of only 904 turned up to watch.

It has been a dismal tale so far across the club’s three main teams and things didn’t improve last night.

Manchester United hammering the hosts, with goals on 38, 40, 60 and 84 minutes going unanswered.

A poor start for Neil Redfearn who has taken over the reserve team from Ben Dawson, it is now three defeats from three games with 12 goals conceded and only one scored, putting the NUFC Under 23s bottom of the second division of the reserve league set-up.

A combined record so far for the first team, reserves and Academy teams of:

Played 7 Won 0 Drawn 1 Lost 6 – Goals For 6 Goals Against 26

Official Manchester United site:

‘Manchester United Under-23s’ storming start to the season was extended on Friday night, courtesy of an impressive victory over Newcastle United in front of 904 spectators at St James’ Park.

In keeping with all home fixtures at Gallowgate, the teams emerged from the tunnel to the rousing strains of Dire Straits’ ‘Going Home’ from the film Local Hero, a tune composed by celebrity Magpies fan Mark Knopfler, who was born in Glasgow but raised on Tyneside.

St James Park is without question one of football’s great arenas and even with the vast stands sparsely populated it is still marvellously atmospheric and it provided a wonderful experience for the players of both teams.

Newcastle had failed to win either of their opening two league matches against Reading and West Ham United, losing 6-0 and 2-1 respectively.

And that was reflected, to some degree, straight from the kick-off as the Reds took the game to the hosts.’

Results for the three Newcastle United teams so far:

10 August – Newcastle 3 Middlesbrough 3 (Academy team)

11 August – Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 (First team)

12 August – Reading 6 Newcastle 0 (Under 23s team)

17 August – Newcastle 1 West Ham 2 (Under 23s)

17 August – Man City 7 Newcastle 1 (Academy)

17 August – Norwich 3 Newcastle 1 (First team)

23 August – Newcastle 0 Man Utd 4 (Under 23s)

The next games see the Academy Under 18s play Derby at home this afternoon (1pm Saturday 24 August) before then Steve Bruce takes his first team to Spurs on Sunday.


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