It was a game and result that Newcastle fans dream about – beating a top football club at home at St. James’ Park in front of a sold-out 52,300 fans.
And we also got our credit for winning the game and out-fighting the more famous Manchester United players.
Rafa worked all week with our players putting together a game plan to win the game and combat the many expensive stars who play in red.
And it all worked beautifully and first of all, we have to say every single one of our players played their hearts out yesterday and did their job.
We were proud of every single one of them – let’s be clear about that.
Martin Dubravka – fantastic debut for Newcastle – well done
Martin Dubravka made his debut in goal for Newcastle in that white-hot atmosphere and showed he is not only a top-class goalkeeper but cool and decisiveness under pressure.
He was magnificent all game long and if this lad plays like this for the rest of the season – that alone can save us from relegation.
Martin is top of our poll with 45% of the vote.
He will also be motivated to play well because he wants a permanent transfer to play for Newcastle United in the Premier League.
And he is closely followed in the voting by Jonjo Shelvey with 42% and Jonjo showed what a great player he can be when he’s in the mood.
And he controlled himself superbly during the game and he was here, there and everywhere during those final 15 minutes of the game; that’s when it was all hands to the pump for our players.
Jonjo Shelvey holds off Alexis Sanchez
This is one of the best ever games Jonjo has played for Newcastle in the two years he’s been at the club and we hope he can keep that passion and top form up for the next 11 games.
Mikel Merino will soon be 100% fit again and the Spanish U21 International will be challenging for Jonjo’s position in central midfield.
All our players deserved kudos after their performance yesterday and Dubravka and Shelvey were our best two players in the poll.
They were both simply magnificent.
And Shelvey is worth only £12M?