FT: Manchester United 6 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Humbled

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Newcastle were humbled today when they conceded six second half goals to go down to one of their biggest defeats ever in the Premier League.

But the real scary thing is that if Shay Given had not been in top form, and clearances off the line by Taylor, Enrique and Viduka – then the score could easily have been 12-0, maybe even more. That’s the truth.   🙁

There is no doubt that this is a defining point for Newcastle United football club. The game – were outplayed and outclassed by a side we probably didn’t deserve to have been on the dame field with. Right at the end, when it was 6-0 Alan Smith, our captain added to Newcastle’s despair ads he received a straight red card for something he said to referee Styles.

But in the first half the lads battled well and Shay Given was in his top form again and we survived to half time without conceding. In fact after 39 minutes Owen scored a perfectly good goal which was given as offside, which TV replays proved it wasn’t.

But for Given, Rooney could have scored a hat tick.

After half time Manchester United raised their game further and Newcastle crumbled. The first goal on 49 minutes, was from a Rooney free kick , for a non foul by Smith. And Ronald shot low under the wall, and it deflected off Given’s hand into the goal. The last time I watched a goal like that was a 10 year-olds game we watched last year.

The Newcastle gave a perfect exhibition of how not to defend a free kick as they all jumped up and the canny Ronaldo blasted a low ball under the wall.

The second gaols (55 mins) was a giveaway as Cacapa laid the ball to Enrique in the penalty box – when he probably should have hacked the ball upfield. Jose didn’t have any option but to play it back to Given whose low clearance hit Cacapa and came back to Giggs who laid it across for an easy goal for Tevez. It was a comical goal for the Magpies to give away.

The third goal, and they were starting to come thick and fast, was world class on 70 minutes. Ronaldo controlled a high ball into the box dead with his right foot, and then stroked the ball past a helpless Given in one flowing movement. A wonderful goal to watch.

The 4th goal after 85 minutes, was another classic as a beautiful high through ball was put in the net by Ferdinand on the volley. When he played the ball was 5 yards goal side of all Newcastle defenders, but was not offside when Rooney played the ball. Another breathtaking goal.

Then Ronaldo scored his first ever hat-trick for the Red devils as his shot was deflected by Enrique and the ball went over the unlucky Given. But not surprisingly Ronald deserves credit for the goal, which was after 88 minutes.

This was becoming a slaughter now as Newcastle fans were hoping for the final whistle, but Manchester United scored their 6th goal after 90 minutes. Tevez powered the ball off the inside of the cross-bar. TV replays suggested the ball was not over the line, but nobody really cared at that stage of the game.

This was a terrible second-half display from the lads, and to maintain his ridiculous disciplinary record at Newcastle, our captain Alan Smith got himself a straight red card for something he said to referee Rob Styles – we hate to think what he said.

The first half was good for Newcastle but after giving away two terrible goals the lads basically fell apart and were just completely outclassed by a team that was a completely different level.

Comments welcome – if you don’t feel sick at the end of this report.


Manchester United: Edwin Van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand, Anderson, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney
Subs: Ji-sung Park, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Danny Simpson, Tomasz Kuszczak

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Damien Duff, Michael Owen, Alan Smith
Subs: David Rozehnal, Emre, Steve Harper, Mark Viduka, Kazenga LuaLua

Referee: Rob Styles
Attendance: 75,000

72 comments so far

  • toonoholic

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed could you change humbled to humped ?

  • Jon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t like Damien Duff. He’s not good enough and he’s too left footed.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #3

    i feel sick 🙁
    need some comunication from the club , need to see they are heading in the right direction .

  • Obafan

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope that now soon the new manager will be known or otherwise MA and SM are 2 businessman who don’t know how to work with a football club…

  • Ross

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #5

    that was one of the most depressing things i’ve had to sit through for a while.
    and you know whats coming next…shearer.
    and he’ll fail.
    we need super kev, shearer as his right hand man.
    come on mort, ashley, and whomever the f*ck has a hand in decisions at newcastle united.
    bring back the messiah, nothing could get much worse tbh.

  • Gresh

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #6

    This is really sad….I really really really hope that atleast now MA would see the need for a world class manager and not some Harry Redknapp to turn things around!

    wht do u guys think of Otto Rehaggel?
    on the other hand…how would u rate Gordon Strachan?

  • Ashton

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Assapa !

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Who on Earth can we get to sort out this mess I wonder. We are looking towards free fall here.
    At least we had a shot at Goal I suppose!!!
    But I’m very worried, thank god we didn’t get Redknob. We need a miracle here, MA must be thinking what have I bought. These troubles go back a long way.
    Some people have been shouting for Keegan as Manager but if you remember it was him that got rid of the reserve team and I think we are still paying for this.

  • rob the geordie

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #9

    who would wanna manage us after that performance….lets not kid ourselves we are in a fight for safety right now…if the mackems win tomorrow we are only 6 points off bottom 3,jose would never sign for us

  • James

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #10

    I expected us to get thrashed and wasn’t surprised at all. I actually think Pearson was quite clever by playing the same midfield pairing that Fat Sam would have played to show how much Sam’s decisions have taken us down.

    Without a manager and not happy with the system or situation, you cannot expect the players to be playing with confidence. The minute the first goal went in we all knew it was a case of how many. The squad is so low on confidence it is frightening. Fat Sam has killed Newcastle and taken us to depths we haven’t seen for a long time. His big money buys have been awful. Hopefully Smith is sold with Barton asap. Butt should be asked to leave in the summer. I lost count of how many times he gives the ball away. During the first half it was over 37 times.

    The gulf in class was massive. We looked like a 2nd division team.

    On the plus side, it’s just the performance and result that was needed to gee Ashley into action, and bring in a world class manager and world class players. He has high ambitions to take on Utd for the title eventually, well today showed him how much work he has to do.

  • Stantos

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #11

    not shed a tear since that 12 point clear debacle but today is a very very sad day. Unless things get sorted we’ll be down come the end of the season !!!

  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #12

    i would never want keegan back ffs. we need to go forward not backwards. tbh todays game was written off anyway, but the defending was shambolic and smith should be sold

  • goalcentre.com

    Jan 12, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #13

    If not for Given or Enrique… i guess a double digit score line is not a problem.

  • valle

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Looking forward to see how the whiners will blame this one on Sam even tho he is gone… On another note, the 2 players that need out of our side the most are by far Butt and Milner. Its not that our defense played that bad, but they where constantly under pressure, simply because we threw the ball away time and time again. After some time against a team like Manure, ur defense will get breached if that ur game… And to the guy who wanted rid of Duff… How on earth can u single out Duff as bad in this game, he was actually one of our more penetrating midfielders.

  • tommyy

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #15

    we are in the poo, i am under no illusions that there is a bigger picture here either. We will NOT get a decent manager in, and we WILL slide the table. There is no point denying it. Im sick of this, we should have kept Same untill we had a replacement in a concrete deal.

  • shirts

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Disagree about Duff. He’s better with his right than Milner ever was with his left. And he knows how to pass the ball.

    And N’zogbia’s turning out to be a real Milner: Fancy-dancery through a couple of opponents then coughs up possession rather than make the simple pass to the open man.

  • Obafan

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #17

    rob the geordie – indeed I can’t see any manager who really is jumping to take command of these average players..

  • Shaun Dean

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Yes i know he was played upfront by himself when he prehaps should not have and had a lack of service however I dont like Micheal Owen. Seriously overpaid, clearly does not want to be at Newcastle United, living off previous reputation, lack of passion, played 29 games for Newcastle in 2 and a half years. Hope the new Manager gets rid soon as but unfortunatly it will probably be Martins who will no doubt go on to bigger and better things.

    I also DISAGREE with Duff not being good enough.

  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #19

    milner,butt,smith,barton, need to be sold , they just arent any good. bigsams left us in a right mess, but hey, i guess it cant get any worse can it?

  • James

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Another plus, is that hopefully you guys can start to understand why I said recently that Enrique is class. Once that lad gets up to speed he will be very hard to displace as left back. He stood up to Rooney very well today.

  • Lyubo

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Please don’t blame Given or Owen – our keeper did a mistake with the second goal, but saved no less than 5-6-7 more. Owen was left to work on his own, and till he was on the pitch there were team efforts for link-up play and ogranising attacks. Milner is very very ineffective, he can’t cross or shoot and his industrious displays mean nothing at the end.

    Viduka is a lazy mercenery, Rozenhal is a waste, Cacapa is slow and clumsy. We do need quality – more creative, flair players such as Zog and an ambitious manager with NUFC at heart.

  • Steeley

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Well, at least we know that Pearson wont get the job! lol
    It was embarrassing really, but as someone mentioned above, hopefully this will kick Ashley up ther arse to get someone in better than the likes of Mark soddin’ Hughes!! I dont think it will be a case that none of the big managers will want to come to us after seeing that, because it just makes it all the better for them if they succeed.
    I think it may take someone with real strong feelings for the Toon to be able to turn this one round though….Shearer or Keegan, or both together?

  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #23

    i bet big sams laughing his arse off right now,

  • sparetheman

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #24

    shirts, N’Zogbia is our best player without question this season. Sloppy pass I agree, but he’s the only guy with real quality.

    Keep N’Zogbia, Duff, Given and Taylor. Flog the rest of ’em.

    Can’t believe people want Keegan back. It’s not the 90s guys, things have changed. Lets move FORWARDS, as Carl said.

  • Ashton

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #25

    My grandpa had a heart attack after watching this shower of shite !

  • ToonKing

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Today was a landmark….iether for happier times to come or total free-fall.

    I’m really embarassed today, i cancelled my clubbin’ plans. 🙁 sad sad day this was. I’m not showing my face in any forum or football loving circle anytime soon that’s for sure.

    Mike and Mort better act and act fast, and appoint someone capable. If they get someone in th Harry mold were doomed, we’ll be playing Leeds before we realise what happened.

  • Shaun Dean

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Owen, Butt, Carr,Capaca and Barton if some one would take him are the ones i would get rid of.

    I would not get rid of Milner he is still is young and has enough potential to improve further.

  • scott9

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #28

    f*cking whats happening were a luaghing stack big sam would have brought stability were gonna be in a realgation fight . ill say it again well done ashley you knob

  • Gordon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Seeing the anger has affected your typing Ed 😉

    -Shay had NOT been in top form
    -The game – WE Were
    -SAME field with
    -AND he received a straight red
    -RonaldO low shot under
    -TheN Newcastle gave
    -RonaldO deserves credit
    -was ON a completely different level

    Maybe THIS performance will show why we sacked Sam after 8 months…

  • Ginkoh

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Now Newcastle is the Joke in football. No one fear to play against us.

    How shame for our players in dressing room ? or they don’t care so much about themself ? interesting.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #31

    I can honestly say that I feel utterly depressed and the most upset I’ve ever been as a Newcastle United fan.

    We are so pathetically inept as a football team, it really, really scares me.

    If we don’t get in someone of the calibre of Jose Mourinho, based on that “performance” at Old Trafford, we are seriously ‘going down with the Mackems’.

    I’m nearly in f$cking tears I’m that upset.

    Some of the performances by the players today were disgraceful…

    Butt, Smith, Cacapa, Carr, Duff, Milner, Rozenhal, Owen, Viduka…

    The onyl player for me who can walk away from that game with ANY form of pride is Charles N’Zogbia.

    Enrique, to be fair to the lad, was really up against it but on occassion, showed class and given time, he’ll be a cracking left back.
    Cacapa was dreaful, yet more passes across the defence, rather than getting rid of it.
    Given, ok, so he made numerous great saves but was still piss poor at times, flapping at crosses and kicking the ball straight at opponents.

    Taylor was average but I saved one name until last…

    Alan Smith – what a complete waste of space.
    A captain of our football club? FU@K OFF.

    By the way, where was Emre? He’s no good on the bench…
    No big Sam but same garbage line-ups.
    433 again? Or 451?

    Here’s the stats from the game…


    21 Shots On Target 5
    9 Shots Off Target 2
    7 Fouls (Conceded) 7
    16 Corners 1
    1 Yellow Cards 1
    0 Red Cards 1

    PS – Man Utd stats on the left side, just incase anyone was confused.

  • Chuckles

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #32

    wat;s Kenny Daglish doing these days?

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #33

    it wasnt that bad ..manure was breathataking at times..we were to defensive and they punished us in the fact werent going forward..they were awesome..yes we were poor but a new manager a new system 442 and we are beatin stoke on wednesday bolton on saturday and we are back…we got rid of the dinosaur, pearson’s next. its good times a head=the only way is up..come on boys

  • Hadrian

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Taylor should be captain . has his errors but they are rare , and the heart the lad shows is what we are all about .

  • carl

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #35

    stoke will be laughing

  • Toony

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #36

    I think I remember once seeing Chelsea score 6 at St James’ with Jimmy Greaves scoring some of them. Probably about 1959 or thereabouts. otherwise i can’t remember a sixer.

    How low can we sink?

    Sam’s idea of how to choose a captain. Who is the most likely to get sent off?

    Smith is the worst midfield player I have ever seen playing for Newcastle. With him and Butt together the “giving the ball away” ratio must be at it’s peak.

    The boss should have followed his Spurs mate and lined-up the new manager before getting rid of the old.

    We are a laughing stock. I’m off to shoot myself.

  • KevinHann

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Pure fact – next season we will be playing at least 2 games with Stoke.

    Start praying they qualify for the Premiership.

  • briss

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Did anyone else notice how bad enrique played today? he was the worst player most of there attacks came fom his side and he helped in the second goal debacle. UGLY! he gives the ball away almost as much as butt! If we are going to talk about who to keep its Owen, Duff, N’Zogbia, Taylor, Smith (BUT NOT AS A MIDFIELD PLAYER!!!!!) Milner and Viduka can score goals if we give him and owen some chances. our midfield is our main weekness, puttin way too much pessure on the back 4!

  • lewdavies

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Just out of interest, exactly what could Shearer do with these players to turn things around??????????
    The bottom linr is that 95% of NUFC players are not premiership class and todays match proved it.
    I dont blame Owen, if he isn’t getting any service, then what do you all expect him to do??
    Milner and Butt are AWFUL.
    Man(ure) got rid of Smith because they could see he wasn’t good enough.
    Finally, Pearson was brought in originally to sort out the defense, and has failed 100%.
    Right now we stink big style, in every department, and it hurts. There is no quick fix and things will probably get even worse before they get better.
    Ouch !!!!!!!!

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    Jan 12, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #40

    massacre is not a too strong word but we will bounce back as soon the new manager is in place and a decent 442…we all know wegot the players as long we keep the ball on the deck we’ll be all right and then next year with a LOT of cash we will be a force once again………come on shearer


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