We thought that Steve Bruce had to make some brave decisions for yesterday’s match against Manchester United. The performances over the past two weeks were dreadful. If there was ever a time to drop some players, it was after the 5-0 thrashing at Leicester.
We had hoped that Steve Bruce would bring in Matty Longstaff and Allan Saint-Maximin. The primary reason for this was to give the fans something to be excited about.
Allan Saint-Maximin exudes energy, and his explosive runs keep fans at the edge of their seats. We thought that including him from the start would give the game an impending air of excitement.
With Matty Longstaff being a local lad, we thought that his inclusion would give the fans another player they could really get behind. A 19-year-old Geordie making his Premier League debut at St James Park had the makings of an extraordinary story.
Steve Bruce gave the nod to both players, and it proved masterful in the end. Especially with Matty Longstaff, whose climactic game-winner provided a rare moment for some unbridled joy.
Many fans on Twitter are giving Bruce plaudits for his team selection yesterday. Here are some of those fans.
— Aaron (@AaronBates91) October 6, 2019
Absulutely brilliant, local lads,proud Geordies, Steve Bruce giving them them the chance, football wins. #NUFC
— David Rennie (@Daveyr007) October 6, 2019
Credit where credit is due to Bruce. Fair play for putting M Longstaff in there. Matty will rightly get the credit today but what a mature performance from @seanlongstaff97 who mopped up and kept the game ticking over. Both controlled the game @NUFC360 #NUFC
— SouthernMagpie (@magpie_southern) October 6, 2019
One swallow doesn’t make a summer and have criticised Bruce a lot but made a bold selection today, took out Dummett, played M Longstaff, gave ASM first go and selected Yedlin. Bold moves and paid off. Got it right. Well done #nufc
— Chris Morgan (@chrismorgan57) October 6, 2019
I've criticised Bruce at #NUFC this season on more than one occasion but i'll give credit where credit is due; he didn't take the easy option and play Shelvey he gave Matty Longstaff his debut and the gamble paid off
— David Ashley (@dayveea1) October 6, 2019
Today was all about Matty Longstaff and rightly so. However, Bruce has to take some credit. Shape was excellent, pace on the counter attack and defended well. The changes worked and that was down to the manager. #nufc
— Craig Forsyth (@CraigForsyth_) October 6, 2019
Superb result! Credit where it’s due Bruce got everything right today. Great shape, looked good possession and dangerous on the break. Massive result against a very poor Man United team. Longstaff’s full of energy. Saint-Maximin very positive and a real outlet. Schar superb #NUFC
— Jack Marley (@JackMarley91) October 6, 2019
Credit where it’s due, Steve Bruce made a big, brave call starting Matty Longstaff today and it’s paid off big time, both the Longstaff brothers were tremendous today. #NUFC
— Adam Beecroft (@ads586) October 6, 2019
Any praise for Steve Bruce out there today then?
Credit where credit is due, thought Clark played very well and very bold to hand an untested 19 year old his debut.
Well done Steve you kind looking man #nufc
— Neil Hall (@Neilyhall8) October 6, 2019
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 )
Total Voters: 2,257