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Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s hammering

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Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 – Saturday 11 September 3pm

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

It was 1-1 with 30 minutes to go…but no surprise to see that final scoreline.

Ben Cooper:

“Given our annual battering at Old Trafford, it was no surprise that Manchester United won 4-1, but it was more of a surprise that Newcastle United put in a spirited and committed performance that always looked like some reward was achievable until the last ten minutes, when NUFC ran out of steam and MUFC didn’t.

“Ronaldo had scored twice by then, not that he had to do much to score them, whereas the Toon had scored a great goal, the returning Manquillo capping a cracking move with a low twelve yarder into the corner.

“Until Bruno Fernandez’s excellent 25 yard curler, NUFC could dream.

“After that, well it doesn’t matter.

“It was a day when everyone played well in a good team performance except crucially our young goalkeeper who will need to learn quickly from his mistakes, hopefully he will.

“As the old adage goes, “If we play like that every week, we’ll be fine.” But of course we won’t play like that every week and may well not be fine.

“Fourth bottom fine perhaps.”

Billy Miller:

“Would have been nice to spoil the Ronaldo party but it was never likely to happen.

“Leeds at home is massive on Friday.

“After that our next 5 games are 3 away and the 2 home ones against Tottenham and Chelsea.

“Could be a long, long time before we see our first win of the season.

“Bizarre changes at the end. Has Steve Bruce forgotten that his favourite, always-wanted-to-sign player is allowed to go onto that big green thing every now and then?”


“I thought 4-0 so maybe 4-1 is a bonus.

“As a deluded Geordie I expect us to lose every game and get hammered by the big teams and get relegated so today is no surprise, as is our current league position.

“It’s also no surprise that Woodman is apparently at fault for a couple of goals as he certainly is a very poor keeper.

“Still at least there will be one person delighted with the score on the bus back up north.

“I wonder if he had the sense to wait until getting inside the tunnel before grinning from ear to ear.”

Dave Punton:

“It’s important to remember that this current version of Newcastle United was never gonna get anything here.

“Man U are streets ahead and then you add the Ronaldo cherry atop of their cake. Two goals from the Portuguese star and then late damage to make it four.

“One moment of joy today was the equaliser from Manquillo with a collector’s item…but it was shortlived fun.

“Doesn’t feel a happy time to be a Mag these days. Losing seems a given. It’s a bad habit to get into.”

Brian Standen:

“Ok, it’s the Ronaldo show, stupid tourists getting their photos taken next to cardboard cut outs!

“In truth, that’s all he was first half, but being brutal, Freddie erred badly and the cardboard cut out pounced.

“Takes nothing away from what was a limited but well organised NUFC and…Could have nicked one ourselves!

“Second half we take the fight to them and get the reward…then goalkeeper again!!!!

“Oh man!!!

“Third goal flatters Man Utd despite the only home goal of quality.

“Can’t blame Bruce for this expected defeat but unfortunately same can’t be said for the goalkeeper.”

Steve Hickey:

“The defeat was never in doubt but I’m still disgusted.

“The fall guys played their part perfectly and we have a owner who doesn’t care, as well as a Head Coach whose sole motivation is to make excuses and hang onto his job.

“Steve Bruce, the human shield, will take the heat but we all know the root cause of the problem.

“Ronaldo and company will be delighted, I’m not!”

Paul Patterson:

“Ended up with NO STRIKERS on the pitch (AGAIN) despite losing the game against an under par Man Utd.

“Bruce is a fraud of a manager but he’ll be happy that his real team won…”

Nat Seaton:

“This was my 10th visit to Old Trafford and still to see us pick up a point!!

“We were well and truly beaten in the end and it’s not surprising.

“As much as I don’t want to be negative about my team, we simply are not good enough to compete at this level with the team/squad that we have.

I’m desperately hoping for our first win on Friday night against Leeds but sadly I cannot say that I feel confident about it…”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 – Saturday 11 September 3pm



Manquillo 56

Man Utd:

Ronaldo 45+2, 62, Fernandes 80, Lingard 90+1

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Man Utd 65% (70%) Newcastle 35% (30%)

Total shots were Man Utd 21 (15)  Newcastle 12 (6)

Shots on target were Man Utd 7 (3) Newcastle 3 (0)

Corners were Man Utd 7 (4) Newcastle 3 (1)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Manquillo (Murphy 77), Hayden, Lascelles, Clark (Lewis 84), Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, Almiron, Willock (Hendrick 85), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Schar, Krafth, Fernandez, White, Gayle

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 – Ronaldo takes reds top as Bruce has NUFC in relegation zone – Read HERE


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