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Match of The Day pundit compares Newcastle United duo to Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick

2 years ago

Paul Scholes is widely seen by many as the best English midfielder for some time, whilst at the same time maybe underrated by others.

An excellent range of passing and also trademark shooting, perfectly connecting and sending the ball skimming over the turf and into the back of the net.

When Manchester United were on the pitch on Sunday, Martin Keown showed impressive signs of a possible successor to that Paul Scholes style.

Happily though he was playing for the proper United, the one that was around years before the Manchester variety.

Keown thinks that after seeing him in action, Matty Longstaff should have been knocking on Steve Bruce’s door earlier and demanding a game.

The Match of The Day pundit saying that the Paul Scholes boots are big ones but that the 19 year old showed he could be capable of reaching that level.

Making his Premier League debut the midfielder was impressive in both passing and workrate but what really set Paul Scholes apart were the number of important goals he scored.

That Matty Longstaff strike from 25 yards all the way along the ground giving David De Gea no chance, not even Scholes could have hit it sweeter.

Sean Longstaff has already had Michael Carrick comparisons from others and Martin Keown mentioned it as well, saying Newcastle were far more disciplined on Sunday  but about the Longstaffs: ‘Those two definitely won them the  game.’

Martin Keown speaking about Matty Longstaff and brother Sean on Match of The Day 2 on Sunday night:

“The chance to play with your brother…

“The young lad should be knocking on Steve Bruce’s door and saying ‘Why didn’t you play me sooner?’

“He made more passes, he covered more distance, he really put in a performance.

“It was almost to say to the boss, ‘Hey, look at me, you have overlooked me for too long.’

“It was like a Paul Scholes…

“I know that’s big praise and they are big boots for him to copy, but him and his brother – Carrick, Scholes…you know, they did very well.

“And this is an important ingredient now in this Newcastle team, yes they were more disciplined but those two definitely won them the  game.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

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


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)


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