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)