In truth the lads were well beaten last night, and if the Red Devils had taken some of their clear-cut chances in the second half the score-line could also have been a lot worse.
Dimitar Berbatov gets first goal last night
So if any Newcastle fans thought we could do a miracle last night and be as good as Manchester United we are not – although only a short six years ago we were – but now seem a million miles away.
But we cannot take this game and think we are hopeless because let’s face it – the Red Devils are one of the world’s top club sides – and we aren’t – so give the lads some credit last night – they never once dropped their heads, although we were just outplayed by a better side.
Chris Hughton was his usual pragmatic self after the game – although he admitted to be disappointed at the result.
This is what Chris said after the game:
“At this moment of course I’m very disappointed,” “We knew it would be a very tough task coming here particularly with the form United are in having seen them beat Chelsea last week.”“When you see the team sheet and you see the changes they’ve made, the quality they’ve got – you know it’s going to be a tough task.”
“We set about it the right way and until the first goal I think we were able to limit them to minimal chances. Arguably the Andy Carroll chance was the best one in the first half.”
“Manchester United are a good possession team. You need to go in at half-time level and I think the fact they scored when they did made it difficult to us. I was disappointed with the first and third goal – I think that is typical Manchester United.”
“We had possession but on the turnover they are so clinical. Within seven or eight seconds they have the ball in our net and if there is a lesson to be learned it is the quality of the teams we’re playing.” “We should also remember we won’t be playing Manchester United in every game. ” “We have come out with some positives – we showed a lot of character at times and good shape at times.”
“We need to take that spirit into forthcoming games.”
It was only going to end up one way after Manchester got that first goal through Berbatov, and until then Steve Harper didn’t have a save to make and the defense, especially Williamson and Coloccini in the center, were very good and kept that form throughout the game, when other players with less heart would have cracked.
Hughton will now try to take as much out of this game as possible as the coaches and the players review the tapes and try to learn form the mistakes that were made.
And for players like Williamson and Perch – who have never played at this top level before – it will be a terrific experience for them – and they will only get better from it.
The next game against Aston Villa on Sunday will not be too much easier either, so they can expect another tough game where points will be very difficult to take.
“The big difference is we were a very big team last season,” We know it’s going to be a lot tougher this year and there are games that we need to take points from.”
“The most important thing is to maintain the spirit we had last year.” “One defeat is not going to affect that. For us we have to remember that we won’t be playing Manchester United every week.”
“We’re not going to be the only team that come away from Old Trafford not having got anything.”
If there’s one thing that we were delighted with last night – it was the way the lads never gave up their task – and accolades must go out to them for sticking to it – when they were often getting ripped apart by a much superior side.
Teams with lesser spirit would have ended up on the end of a much bigger score-line last night than the lads took, and that tremendous spirit will help us get some points against the more mortal teams in the league this season.
But it’s also clear that we just don’t have the class in the team to match the big boys anymore, and we now have two weeks left in the transfer window, and the club must get in at least 3 good players to make Chris Hughton’s task a little easier.
As it stands Chris Hughton has a mammoth job on his hands for this season.