Newcastle came storming back from the defeat at Swansea on Wednesday night to record our first win at Old Trafford in 41 years this afternoon, and make no mistake Newcastle were the better side and deserved the win today – and we’ll have to play more in these Brazil like shirts, after we also won 1-0 at White Hart Lane in these same strips.
Newcastle held Manchester United in the first half, as Alan Pardew’s game plan seemed to be working almost to perfection, and then as Manchester United opened up, so did Newcastle.
And after 61 minutes a clearance from Tim Krul down the right wing, was only headed on by Patrice Evra, and Moussa Sissoko stormed down the wing before brilliantly pulling the ball back to Yohan Cabaye, who put the ball past De Gea first time, and it was the all important first goal.
After that Newcastle still played well for those final 30 minutes, and we looked a very good side today, and fully deserved what is a historic win for Newcastle United – and make no mistake about it – this is one of Newcastle’s best wins for a long long time, and goes with our recent wins against Chelsea at home and Tottenham away – hey – maybe we do have a good team after all? 😀
Whoops – mustn’t get carried away.
Newcastle started off wearing their Brazil like strips – and looked very good as the lads got off to a good start at Old Trafford, and certainly better than at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night.
Good play by Moussa Sissoko on the right wing as he got by two men and crossed the ball into the box, and Loic Remy headed just over the cross-bar.
Newcastle played very well in the first half in their Brazil like strips, without creating too many opportunities, but in stoppage time of the first half Mathieu Debuchy had a couple of half chances.
First of all he found himself clear down the right and his right footed shot was well saved by David De Gea, and then shortly after that, a good Davide Santon cross into the box from he left wing was headed well by Debuchy, and again De Gea made a decent save,
The formation set up by Newcastle in the first half worked well with the five across midfield stifled a lot of the Red Devils moves, and Newcastle had passed the ball around very well in the first half, and looked a very good side.
Half time came and it was 0-0 and Newcastle were in this game, but the first goal would be all important in this game – which was close.
Manchester United raised their game at the start of the second half, and Vurnon Anita blocked a shot on the line – seemingly with his arm after the ball had hit the post – and then there was a scramble for the ball which Tim Krul came up with, and Newcastle got the free kick.
And then after 57 minutes Ben Arfa was brought into the game in place of the hard-working Yoan Gouffran, – but Man United were pressing Newcastle and putting the defense under pressure.
After 61 minutes Newcastle got the all important first goal and it was a clearance from Tim Krul down the right hand side that Evra headed the ball against Moussa, and Sissoko was away down the wing at speed, and took the ball in before cutting it back to Yohan Cabaye, who coolly smashed the ball past De Gea and Newcastle were 1-0 up.
And after that manager Alan Pardew made changes to bring on Shola Ameobi – for his experience – and Yanga-Mbiwa and Newcastle saw out the game fairly comfortably, to record what was truly a magnificent win for the Magpies, and five wins in the last six games.
There were some tremendous performances from some Newcastle players with Mike Williamson simply massive at the back for the Magpies – what a revelation Mike has been this season, and if he keeps playing like this, he better be careful, because he may even force his way into the England squad for the World Cup.
Debuchy, Tiote and Sissoko were also first class for Newcastle, and the lads executed the game plan almost perfectly.
We acknowledge every Newcastle player today for playing their hearts out for the cause – and did I say it was a magnificent win? 😀
Howay The Lads!!
Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea; Rafael (Antonio Valencia 76), Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic (c), Patrice Evra; Nani (Wilfried Zaha 68), Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley (Anderson 70), Adnan Januzaj; Javier Hernandez, Robin Van Persie
Subs not used: Anders Lindegaard, Rio Ferdinand, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 83), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Shola Ameobi 78); Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 57)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Andre Marriner