Newcastle went down 3-1 at Old Trafford this afternoon, and we paid the price for some moments of slack defending – although the lads played quite well in patches, but it was Wayne Rooney with two goals and one assist – and Newcastle just couldn’t handle the Red Devils captain.
Robin van Persie after scoring third goal
That’s now four defeats in a row for Newcastle and we’ve conceded 12 goals in those games – but hopefully we can stop the rot at home to Everton on Sunday.
We thought Ayoze Perez again looked good today, and Adam Armstrong had a promising first start in the Premier League – and he needs more first team football.
And just to make things a little worse Vurnon Anita went off near the end with a leg injury, although Cheick Tiote can come back in on Sunday.
The first goal came after 23 minutes, and it was a quick breakaway by the Red Devils after a good run by Armstrong down the left wing.
Mata crossed the ball from the left wing and Radamel Falcao put it back across goal to the unmarked Rooney who put the ball home with ease – completely unmarked.
The second goal came after 36 minutes and it was that man Wayne Rooney again, and Juan Mata from the left split open the Newcastle defense with a good through ball to Rooney, who stabbed it home with his left foot, and although the game had been fairly close up to that point – Newcastle found themselves 2-0 down.
At half time Newcastle had looked well organized and had counter-attacked well – with Perez and Armstrong prominent – but we lost Wayne Rooney twice and were 2-0 down – rather unluckily.
After 52 minutes Wayne Rooney played a long cross into the box to Robin van Persie, and neither Janmaat or Steven Taylor who were near the Dutchman challenged for the ball, and the Dutchman headed the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0.
That was poor defending by Newcastle.
After 63 minutes, Pardew made a double change when he brought on Remy Cabella and Papiss Cisse for Paul Dummett and Adam Armstrong.
Manchester United were now holding the ball to see the game out, with Newcastle still trying to move forward, and Ayoze Perez showed some skill when he went inside from close range and forced De Gea to push the ball for a corner after 78 minutes.
After 81 minutes Perez was replaced by Haris Vuckic – and the Spaniard had again looked very sharp for Newcastle today – what an acquisition this lad will turn out to be.
On 86 minutes Jack Colback was brought down in the box and a strange thing happened – a visiting team were awarded a penalty at Old Trafford – strange things can now happen when Alex Ferguson is no longer manager.
Papiss Cisse put the ball into the net beautifully for his 8th Premier League goal of the season in 12 appearances – and this was also his 100th appearance for the Magpies in all competitions – and he has 38 goals.
Near the end of the game Newcastle went down to 10 men when Vurnon Anita limped off with a calf injury.
Newcastle looked very organized today for most of the time, and against lesser teams we could have got something out of this game – maybe we can get 3 points against Everton on Sunday.
We have an opportunity to get two home wins on Sunday and next Thursday against Burnley – hopefully that’s what we will do.
Sunderland were beaten at home 3-1 by Hull City – seems like the only team they can beat is Newcastle.
Keep the faith – we weren’t too bad today – given we had 10 players missing.
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