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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0

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Sunday finished Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0.

Steve Bruce making five changes in the hope of bouncing back from that 5-0 hammering at Leicester.

A much more committed performance sealed by Matty Longstaff’s sublime 72nd minute winner.

Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game.

This time it is Jamie Smith:

POSITIVES

Beating Man Utd

Regardless of how desperate things are, how could you not love this?

Man Utd have been the scourge of our most successful sides of recent years and despite their own relative fall from grace, it’s still one of those big wins that feels a bit special.

It’s also a spot of uncharacteristic good luck to be able to notch this win while Manchester are on their knees.

I have no doubt that once this ridiculous Solskjaer nostalgia trip is ended, Man U will be an altogether tougher proposition.

We have got at them at the the right time, unlike the similarly stricken Everton who replaced us in the bottom three but are nowhere to be seen in our fixture list until December.

St Maximin is lively like

I was a bit unsure about the inclusion of ASM as Bruce seems to be one of these that hoys half-injured players in, then looks put out when they last 12 minutes.

However, he gave the side a lot of early impetus and played a big part in reviving our previously impotent attacking “threat”, none more so than his driving run past several Man U ba..ards for the decisive goal.

There’s even similar suggestions that Andy Carroll might string a few together.

Brotherly love

Undoubtedly, this was the game of the Longstaff.

In troubled times these lads are a welcome bright spot, as local lads coming through is always popular round these parts.

When they look like potential superstars it’s even sweeter and today’s opponents just had to look on as tremendous Geordie midfielders wore our shirt, not theirs, as Bryan Robson and Michael Carrick did.

The post-match interview showed them to be a canny pair of kids as well, lovely stuff.

NEGATIVES

Almiron struggling

Wor Miggy has had a tough time this season and he badly needs a goal.

I’d blamed Bruce so far for the lad being out of position but the formation today was spot on and Almiron had a couple of moments to forget as part of it.

First there was an unnecessary extra touch when sent through by a lovely Matty Longstaff ball, causing him to blow a terrific chance, then an unnecessary dive bringing a deserved booking when through on goal.

Atmosphere

Not at it’s worse today but still quieter than recent times and a near capacity crowd will displease some; there is a definite sense of the moribund around our games at the minute.

I’d hope people will have developed a sense of respectability after some of the cr.p flying around pre season.

Imagine if some 40 year old virgin had screamed “Scab!” at Matty Longstaff when his dad took him to his first game. There may never have been the fire lit that led to yesterday’s winner.

Hopefully there were a couple of future match winners in today’s crowd.

Bad news

Unfortunately I have checked up on this, and there are no more Longstaff brothers.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 1  Manchester United 0 – Sunday 6 October 4.30pm

Goals:

Newcastle United:

Matty Longstaff 72

Possession was Man Utd 69% Newcastle 31%

Total shots were Man Utd 12 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Man Utd 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were Man Utd 6 Newcastle 4

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle team v Leicester:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, M Longstaff, S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 83), Almiron (Krafth 90), Joelinton (Carroll 56)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Dummett, Shelvey, Gayle

Crowd: 51,198 – Definitely not that many actually inside St James Park (3,200 Man Utd plus however many amongst the discounted tickets given to local universities/organisations, competition winners and tickets happily sold by Mike Ashley to Man Utd fans in home sections)

(David De Gea says Man Utd defeat to Newcastle was unacceptable – Read HERE)

(Stan Collymore perfectly sums up the Longstaff brothers sinking Manchester United – Read HERE)

(Watch the official match highlights HERE)

(Gary Neville distraught after Newcastle expose how poor Man Utd are – Read HERE)

(An emotional Matty Longstaff interviewed after MOTM performance and winning goal – Read/Watch HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0 – Read HERE)

(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players after beating Man Utd – Read HERE)

Follow Jamie on Twitter @Mr_Dolf

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