Maybe the best that can be said about this game is that at least Newcastle players put in the effort that they didn’t show last week at Southampton – but it was the extra class of the Manchester United players that allowed them to open up the Newcastle defense, and we went down again 4-0 – this time at home.
Juan Mata after scoring first goal direct from free kick
This was really another disastrous result for Newcastle, even if the display was not as bad as last week at St. Mary’s, but performances like this will be doing Alan Pardew no good at all, and if he doesn’t think his job is now in danger – he should probably think again.
It looks like Newcastle’s season finished at Hull City when he headbutted David Meyler – and was banned for 7 games – so he has to take full responsibility for the last five games being little short of a disaster.
Newcastle have lost four of our five games since Hull, scored one goal and conceded 12 goals – and it’s simply been disastrous.
We have lost 10 of the last 15 league games (we’ll not even mention the 2-1 home defeat against Cardiff in the FA Cup) and failed to score in 10 of them – and this follows last season’s run when we lost 10 of 13 league games ending when we lost 2-1 to Reading at home.
And since Alan Pardew and the coaches worked on the defense all last week, it’s going to be interesting to hear what the manager says about this display – but this season is now turning into an absolute disaster for the club – and the boos sounded load and clear at the end of this game – because it’s just not good enough.
Here’s a report of the game today.
After two minutes Dan Gosling had a header which he put wide of the post, and probably should have done better.
And then after 11 minutes Williamson did well to cut out a cross from the right wing for a corner, as Newcastle were actually awake in the game, and were making a decent start.
And on 16 minutes Tiote had a snap shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Cheick put the ball well over the bar.
Davide Santon was showing up well and he put in some good runs down the right wing, and he was our main attacking threat so far.
And after 24 minutes Davide put over a tremendous right wing cross that Papiss Cisse headed nicely towards goal, and it was going in, but the goalkeeper touched the ball over the bar for a corner – that was a good effort from Papiss.
But then after 39 minutes Manchester United went ahead and it seemed a rather harsh decision against Gosling, for a foul on Darren Fletcher just outside the penalty box, on the right hand side.
And up stepped Joan Mata and with that left foot of his he put the ball over the wall and into the back of the net, so it was a touch of class that put the Red Devils 1-0 up.
And then with Manchester surging forward after 44 minutes, Hernendez was clean through and he put the ball past Elliot, but the ball hit the upright and was cleared, but that was a glaring miss from the Mexican striker.
Newcastle had played quite well in the first half, but we still offered very little threat up front, and had never really looked like scoring, apart form the Cisse header.
But that was as close as we got, because in the second half, the class of Manchester United, and our lack of it – showed through big time.
After 50 minutes Hernandez went down the right wing and cut the ball back to Mata, who then smashed the ball into the back of the net, to put Manchester United up 2-0 with his second goal of the game.
And then on 64 minutes it was Januzaj who put the ball beautifully through to Kagawa in the inside left position in the penalty box, and he pulled the ball back to Hernandez who smashed the ball into the back of the net and it was 3-0.
And then in stoppage time – just to make it 4-0 in successive games for Newcastle, it was Januzaj who did a great one two in the box with Mata, before slotting the ball into the goal to make the rout complete.
All four Manchester United goals today were classy goals – and that’s something Newcastle have none of – not at the moment – and certainly not in this team we fielded today.
It was a better performance but another disastrous result for Newcastle and in our last 15 league games we one draw and four wins – 13 points from 15 games – after were had been in 6th place in the league after the 5-1 win over Stoke.
And now we visit Stoke – and we have to hope that Loic Remy is fit for that game.
The squad we have with five good players out injured is simply not good enough – and now we seem to be back to square one – and Newcastle will have to bring in a number of very good players if we are to do well next season.
But right now that’s looking very doubtful.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Dan Gosling, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 85); Luuk de Jong (Hatem Ben Arfa 61), Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Adam Armstrong
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Anders Lindegaard; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Patrice Evra (Alexander Büttner 65); Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini (Nani 70); Ashley Young (Adnan Januzaj 18), Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa; Javier Hernandez
Subs not used: David de Gea, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley, James Wilson
Referee: Kevin Friend