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.Â Â 🙁
There is no doubt that this is a defining point for Newcastle United football club. The game â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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