Newcastle Let Down By Some Poor Defending – Lose 4-1

Newcastle United had only conceded 10 league goals in 11 games before this match, but we were well beaten 4-1 at Old Trafford today, and this was a bad defeat after we went ahead in the game from an early Dwight Gayle goal.

Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling scored in the last 8 minutes of the half, and then two more goals from  Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku gave the Red Devils an easy 4-1 win.

Gayle’s goal was the first one conceded at Old Trafford in the league this season and it will give Dwight a lot of confidence – it was an excellent goal.

And it all looked so good in the first 30 minutes when Newcastle had gone ahead with the Gayle goal after 14 minutes and had been the better side.

Paul Pogba – scoring in second half

DeAndre Yedlin ran down the wing after 14 minutes, and his pull-back found Gayle who hit the ball into the net first time – a striker’s goal.

We had some decent chances after going 1-0 up but much like in our last game we couldn’t put those chances away.

On 37 minutes Paul Pogba beat Isaac Hayden on the right and from his cross Martial at the far post headed past Rob Elliot – that was too easy.

And then in stoppage time in the first half an Ashley Young cross was headed home by Chris Smalling, and it was 2-1 at the break.

It was again some poor defending from this Newcastle side – we have to do better when crosses come over.

At half-time, Manchester United found themselves ahead in a game they had been second best in during those first 30 minutes.

And 9 minutes after the break a goal from Paul Pogba put the game beyond doubt at 3-1, and then Lukaku scored the fourth goal, and the Newcastle defense was again sloppy.

It’s also a pity that Paul Pogba chose this game as his comeback game and he was very good for the Red Devils in his first game for a couple of months.

We were hoping he was not match fit – but we were wrong.

Benitez brought on Aarons, Mitrovic, and Diame in the second half but this game was over well before the final whistle was blown.

Hayden picked up the only yellow card of the game, but that’s five for the season, so he misses the game next week at home to Watford.

Let’s hope Mikel Merino is fit for that game, but Rafa has work to do on the training ground next week to try to tighten the Newcastle defense.

Newcastle have to get back to their winning ways as soon as possible, and that’s three defeats in a row since we beat Crystal Palace 1-0.

But it’s always a difficult game at Old Trafford, and it’s the games against the bottom 14 where we must pick up the points to stay up this season.

We also have to stay calm and hope we can start beating teams like Watford at home next Saturday.


Manchester United: De Gea, Lindelof, Pogba (Fellaini, 70), Mata (Herrera, 83), Lukaku, Martial (Ibrahimovic, 77), Smalling, Young, Rashford, Valencia, Matic.
Subs not used: Romero, Lingard, Shaw.

Newcastle United: Elliot; Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo; Murphy, Hayden, Shelvey; Ritchie (Aarons, 66); Gayle (Diame, 77), Joselu (Mitrovic, 71).
Subs not used: Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Perez.

Goals: Gayle 13, Martial 37, Smalling 45, Pogba 54, Lukaku 70
Referee Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Attendance: 75,035

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14 comments so far

  • jimiley

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Maybe our defenders are not as good as we think. Still better then our attack. Joselu is a waste of a shirt.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Could be a whole lot worse and have Tony Pulis or Chris Coleman in charge. Could be better, not have had Mike Ashley running the club for the last ten years.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #3

    When was the last time you said a good word about anything?

  • Bambams

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #4


    Or you could of just broken the all time record of twenty home games without a win

  • toonbrother

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #5

    without Lascelles our defense isnt good enough
    But Benitiez probably already knows this

  • AncientC

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Lascelles is a big miss. Hopefully Ashley is gone soon, I wouldn’t trust him not to cash in on Lascelles. Things could be quite different by the time Man Utd are next up on the fixture list.

  • AncientC

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Benitez is about to be interviewed, can be heard on TalkSport.

  • Bambams

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #8

    If you want a laugh at the record breakers…..

    Check out @Kevscott1982’s Tweet:

  • lesh

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #9


    Speaking of good words for things and/ or people, reminds me of one of John Cooper Clarke’s greatest odes. It’s a poem not a song.

  • jimiley

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Last time we won.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Haha good night at this party already groom and bride figthing already and only just started through that omly happen when we suppory nufc

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #12


  • dannitoon

    Nov 18, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #13

    We werent disgraced this evening, A £100m player was the difference. lets remember that… shelvey, LeJeune, clark, murphy and Yedlin all did ok.. Darlow needs to be back as no1, elliot is too slow across his line

  • armoadam

    Nov 18, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #14

    It doesn’t matter what we do against the top 6! We must get points from the rest of the league, we are good enough to stay up! Rafa needs to wake up and get Horselu off the pitch, he offers absolutely nothing, we might as well play with ten men! He also needs to give Darlow his starting job back! I honestly do not know what he see’s in the slowmo between the pipes?


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