It took a wonderful goal from a 19-year-old Geordie for Steve Bruce to get his first victory against Manchester United. Steve Bruce also was aware of what that goal meant for Newcastle. This is what he said about Matty’s strike as published in the Chronicle:
“Matty Longstaff has beaten Man U in his first game, I’ve been going 20 odd years! I’m delighted for everyone concerned. Longstaff blasted one in against St Etienne and we see him doing it in training. We thought ‘Surely not’.
“He’s been in and around my thoughts since China. He trains every day with a big smile on his face, he’s refreshing, wants to play and he’s a great kid. I’m delighted. The first thing he said to me when he came off was “Thank you”. After all he’s done.”
Here is that moment when Steve Bruce embraces Matty at the end of the game.
Superb scenes at the end of the #NEWMUN
— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) October 6, 2019
We wanted to see a reaction and three points today. That is what we got from the lads. There were some excellent performances this evening in addition to Matty’s.
Steve Bruce– picked the right team today
We thought Fabian Schar put in another terrific performance. He had some crucial blocks before Matty’s goal and was just a warrior at the back.
The two wing-backs were superb. Jetro Willems was very sound defensively and also had three key passes. His control in the box to lay off the pass that led to Matty’s goal was class. DeAndre Yedlin’s pace was a big threat down the right. We also thought that he maintained possession very well and was able to launch attacks.
Allan Saint-Maximin is just a different type of player that Newcastle have not see the likes of recently. He is an attacking force who is a sight to see with the ball at his feet. He did have a few lazy passes but just adds so much to this side.
This is what Bruce had to say about the reaction from the lads this evening:
“I think the big thing is when you get beat badly it’s the reaction and response. Of course there’s been a lot of harsh words spoken but then you need your team to go and perform. Two or three in ASM and Yedlin who haven’t played in three or four months and it was great to see them. I was delighted.”
Sean Longstaff also had his best game of this season. He seemed to be inspired with his younger brother beside him.
“That is the best I have seen Sean play for a long time. He thinks his brother is breathing down his neck now. They are a couple of young lads, there will be bumps in the road but the two of them have made a statement.”
Bruce was asked if Matty and Sean could be Newcastle’s midfield pairing for years to come. This was his response:
“I hope it is. They’re a couple of young lads and they’ve got bumps on the road to say they’re fully established but they have made a big start today.”
Here is a tweet displaying Sean and Matty’s stats for the day.
The Longstaff brothers stats:
72% Passing Accuracy
4 Possession Gained
1 Chances Created
89% Passing Accuracy
5 Possession Gained
4 Chances Created
— ToonArmy (@toonarmy_com) October 6, 2019
Finally, Steve Bruce deserves credit for his team selection. He picked a team that put in a performance and also gave the crowd something to cheer about. Having Matty Longstaff and Allan Saint-Maximin on from the start proved to be a wise decision.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match In Win Against Manchester United?
- Matty Longstaff (59%, 1,328 )
- Allan Saint-Maximin (17%, 386 )
- Fabian Schar (14%, 323 )
- Sean Longstaff (4%, 82 )
- Jetro Willems (2%, 54 )
- Ciaran Clark (1%, 25 )
- Miguel Almiron (1%, 22 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 15 )
- Emil Krafth (0%, 7 )
- Joelinton (0%, 5 )
- Andy Carroll (0%, 5 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 2 )
- Martin Dubravka (0%, 2 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 1 )
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