Even after all the criticism of Newcastle’s performance after the game yesterday, we thought the lads started the game well yesterday, and in that first half it was two clinical finishes by Wayne Rooney that was the difference between the two sides.
Ayoze Perez in action yesterday – had another good game
We had a good chance early in the first half when Adam Armstrong pulled the ball back from the byeline to Ayoze Perez, who for once muffed his shot.
And we had a decent shout for a penalty in the first half – but of course all these types of things go into a game, and at the end of the day Manchester United deserved all three points – because they were better than we were.
That’s 22 points in the last eight league games for the Red Devils, and that’s our third successive league defeat after beating Chelsea 2-1 at home three weeks ago today.
So it’s been a bad three weeks for the Magpies, because we also lost 4-0 at Spurs in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game – trying to put a positive light on things:
“I actually thought we did well in terms of matching them up,” “I thought we started really well, but the referee has got a big call wrong in my opinion.”
“I think Juan Mata has run across the back of a player who is going to head the ball back across goal, so that’s a goal-scoring opportunity.”
“You have to say that was clumsy and was a penalty. I was disappointed in that, but the difference between the two sides was United’s cutting edge.”
“They were really good going forward and when we over-committed, they were clinical.”
“Our goalkeeper hasn’t had a save to make apart from one from Antonio Valencia.” “We would obviously have liked to have put more pressure on them.”
Next up are Everton and Burnley at home, and they have become vital games for Newcastle – it will be the last game of this year and the first game of next year.
Two wins are really what we need to turn the mood around – again – on Tyneside.
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