Some much needed improvement as Newcastle looked a lot better than the past two weeks. However, they still are have having trouble in front of goal as they could not get any of their 8 shots on target.
The lads came out as determined as ever and got an early chance fashioned from an Allan Saint-Maximin run. His pass to Miguel Almiron led to a heavy touch and his shot was blocked for an early corner.
The Longstaff brothers were lively in midfield. Young Matty looked very steady with some tidy passing and hard-nosed tackles. He almost wrote his name into Geordie lore with long-ranged effort in the 27th minute. He collected a Saint-Maximin pass and the ball bounced nicely for him as he blasted the shot against the cross bar. It would have sent the crowd mad had it gone in.
A couple of minutes later, Fabian Schar had a glancing header fly over the bar from a Sean Longstaff corner.
In the 38th minute, Allan Saint-Maximin’s footwork would get the ball to Sean Longstaff who fired a beautiful downfield pass to a breaking Almiron. Miguel just panicked again in front of goal. He took an extra touch and his shot was easily blocked by a trailing Harry Maguire.
Manchester United would get a few chances to close the game. The lads fell asleep on a late corner and were almost punished. Harry Maguire had a free header in the box but put it wide of goal.
Newcastle still have little possession but look very threatening on the break. Allan Saint-Maximin has provided a massive spark but has been a little sloppy in possession. He also has been wayward in some of his deliveries. However, he is creating opportunities.
Manchester United have been very poor to be honest. Even though they have close to 70% possession they haven’t created too many chances. This is a very winnable game. The lads need to continue to work hard and hopefully one of these chances can find the back of the net.
It was a concern seeing Allan Saint-Maximin on the sideline in some discomfort as the game ended. We hope he is able to continue for the second half. He was able to walk back to the dressing room unassisted so hopefully he is fine.