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Our Player Ratings For The Crucial Win Against Manchester United

This was the team for the thrilling 1-0 win against Manchester United, including the three second-half substitutions.

These are our individual player ratings for yesterday’s performance.

Martin Dubravka – 6

  • This was a quiet game from the Slovakian international and that’s just fine with us.  A combination of superb defending in front of him and a woeful Manchester United, gave Dubravka little to contend with.  He didn’t have any big saves to make. The few shots Manchester United got on target were either straight at him or lacked any power.  Martin commanded his box with confidence and gathered any crosses that came his way. Had a moment of miscommunication with Andy Carroll as the striker bumped into him.  However, that was more the fault of big Andy.

Deandre Yedlin – 7

  • DeAndre put in the best performance by a right wing-back this season on Sunday.  He offers so much going forward with his pace and power.  He was committed in the tackle and kept possession well on the right flank.  Got a silly yellow card in the 14th minute that thankfully did not come back to haunt him.

Fabian Schar – 9

  • A masterful performance by the Swiss defender.  He made some crucial clearances and was always there to handle any threats.  Schar was able to bring the ball out on occasion to try and start some attacks.  He also did well to get onto a Sean Longstaff corner that he just glanced over the bar.  His last gasp clearance that  prevented Marcus Rashford from getting on the end of a Daniel James cross was one of the key moments of the game.  Matty Longstaff would score just a few minutes later.  He was spared some blushes late in the first half when he failed to mark Harry Maguire on a corner.  Maguire ended up with a free header that he pushed wide.  However, Schar has been Newcastle’s best player hands down this season and this was one of his better performances.

Jamaal Lascelles – 7

  • Jamaal put in a much improved performance on Sunday.  He was a commanding presence and leader of an unbreakable back line.  The positioning of the back three all game was stellar. Jamaal had a lot to do with that.  He helped to keep Marcus Rashford silent all game.

Ciaran Clark – 7

  • Clark was solid on the left side of the back three.  His positional sense was perfect.  He teamed up very well with Jetro Willems and it looked like they had played together for years.  Clark is always reliable and slotted in without any bother despite hardly featuring at all this year.  He provides an interesting option for Bruce as  he can score the odd goal every now and then.  While he is likely to miss out once Lejeune returns, he never lets Newcastle down when he gets a game.

Jetro Willems – 8

  • Willems was superb both in attack and defensively. He marked Daniel James almost entirely out of the game. Did extremely well to keep possession in the box before making the assist on the Matty Longstaff goal. He made a terrible pass just before the goal after a Saint-Maximin run. On the subsequent counter, he also couldn’t prevent a Daniel James cross that Schar was just able to clear. Other than that passage of play, Willems was one of the best players on the pitch. He showed his technical ability all afternoon and was full of confidence on the left flank. He also worked very well with Ciaran Clark and Allan Saint-Maximin.

Matty Longstaff – 9

  • What a Premier League debut for the 19-year-old. He was a dynamo in the midfield and never stopped running all game. Matty kept tormenting the opposition when out of possession. When in possession, he displayed both his passing and shooting range. He banged a shot of the bar in the first half from outside the box. Also whipped in a dangerous cross that Andy Carroll couldn’t get on target. His goal was just the climax of a legendary debut for the youngster.

Sean Longstaff – 7

  • By far his best performance of the year. Looked like his confident and composed self from last year. Ran all game long and worked so well with his younger brother in the midfield. His Shelvey-esque pass to a breaking Almiron in the first-half was inch perfect. He seemed to tire a bit towards the end. Though that may be just in comparison to his brother Matty who could have continued for another 90 minutes. Sean gave away a dangerous free late in the game just outside the box when he took down Ashley Young.  However, the free-kick by Pereira was straight into the wall.  This was a step in the right direction for Sean who showed signs that he may be back to his best.

Miguel Almiron – 6

  • Almiron was excellent in every aspect except in front of goal. He put in some great runs and was very committed defensively. Was through on goal from a beautiful Sean Longstaff pass but unwisely took an extra touch instead of firing a shot sooner. Received a yellow card for a ridiculous dive in the second half. He has to cut that nonsense out.  His lack of creativity is still a cause for concern.  Miguel is playing well but is not producing anything by way of goals or assists.  He was substituted for Emil Krafth in the 90th minute and received a well-deserved ovation from the crowd who are still rightly behind the Paraguayan.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 7

  • Allan was all out attack. As soon as he gathered the ball, he instantly drove at Manchester United players. Showed tremendous skill and trickery to constantly beat players and keep possession. However, he had too many wayward passes and his final ball was lacking. Saint-Maximin tired late and was substituted for Christian Atsu in the 82nd minute. He is definitely a thrill to watch and must keep his place as he adds another dimension to this team.

Joelinton – 6

  • The big Brazilian had another frustrating game. He was starved of service and only had one chance when he couldn’t quite get his head cleanly on a cross in the first half. Joelinton held the ball up well and played off a few nice passes. He seemed to get upset that the ball wasn’t played to his feet more often. Was substituted for Carroll after only 55 minutes but did suffer a back strain during training when attempting an overhead kick. Another learning experience for the big man but he is still showing the signs that he can handle this league.  He just needs more service which he didn’t get on Sunday.


Andy Carroll – 7

  • Carroll came on in the 55th minute and immediately won a free kick. He won a few more throughout the game as he was a handful for Manchester United. Andy threw himself about at both ends of the pitch. He had a golden chance when Matty Longstaff whipped in a perfect cross that was headed over the bar. He awkwardly collided with Dubravka at the back when Martin tried to gather a ball.  It was a little bit overzealous of the big man.  Carroll running in celebration with Matty Longstaff after this goal could become an iconic image.

Christian Atsu – 6

  • Christian only came on for the final ten minutes but defended very well. He had a few clearances as Manchester United pressed for a late goal.

Emil Krafth – n/a

  • Emil was not on long enough to get a rating. However, he did give away a silly free kick in the 93rd minute. He also almost suffocated Matty Longstaff when the whistle blew in celebration. You could see how happy he was for the 19-year-old.

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

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41 comments so far

  • posada

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s not a bot. At least not in the robot sense.
    Do sometimes think his log in details are shared by a group of persons with a particular agenda.
    His rhetoric and style tends to change.
    Sometimes it’s just 2 liners like Hiya Jib etc.
    Other times it’s a long comment about his campaign.

    Some of it is reminiscent of OLG when he was e mailing Chi’s secretary most days about land at the Strawberry car park.

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #2

    As always it’s the goal scorers and showy attackers that get the votes
    Without Fabian Schär’s heroics it would have all counted for nought

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #3

    A great debut and wonderful goal, a much better team performance and a very valuable and timely win. However, Man U were very ordinary. A much sterner test awaits the lads and young Matty Longstaff next up at Stamford Bridge.

  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s good to see a happier blog. The win was a good one and restores some lost confidence but we have 3 very tough matches coming up. Let’s see where we are after those three. I hope we take a few points and stay above the drop zone.

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #5

    I think the frog is more than one person
    However their lack of local knowledge
    and NUFC folklore marks them as being
    mischief makers from a club outside the area.

  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I would be polishing up my CV if I were Solskjaer….

  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #7

    As opposed to a mischief maker within the area Jib/Jane/Jeff?

  • Bambams

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Schàr for me would be the first name on the team sheet, absolutely excellent professional

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Solskjaer… comparing him now to last year – the bloke has aged tremendously – looks like an old codger.
    All these PL manager jobs are mega stress jobs.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #10

    G2 @7 hahahaha.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Ole reminds me of my old Gran, pinny n’ all.

  • geordietom

    Oct 7, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #12

    jib …

    chester -le street ???…

    9.9 mi (16 km)
    26 min
    From: Sunderland
    To: Chester-le-Street

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Have you ever watched the old Frankenstein movies? You know that freaky little sidekick Igor, I was just reminded of him.

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail for Ashley
    Have you ever watched the old Frankenstein movies? You know that freaky little sidekick Igor, I was just reminded of him.

    Well don’t look in mirrors

  • IrishRob

    Oct 7, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail, you’re probably better off taking down the mirrors in you’re house. There is far less chance of you bumping into Igor then!!

  • IrishRob

    Oct 7, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Omfg Jib got there before me, now it just looks like I copied him. Fml wish you could delete posts.

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 7, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s gonna be a topsy turvey season that’s for sure. Only Liverpool showing real consistency and as always in football we will need a sustained run of form to avoid the drop.
    Whether Brucey is capable of delivering it is another story.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 7, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #19

    You obviously didn’t copy Jib! It wasn’t that funny!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #20

    It also might be worth pointing out that there’s been only four worse in Ashley’s very dire reign. And it wouldn’t be like you to miss out the season before which was our third best now would it.

  • IrishRob

    Oct 7, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Funny is a individual feeling, but it wasmt meant to be that funny it was meant to be witty, Do you know what Witt is raker??

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Oh no! Catchy’s comparing SB with Rafa because we’ve got more points this season than at the same time last!
    May I remind you Catchy that Bruce reverted under pressure to Rafa’s proven system after disastrous results at Norwich and Leicester!

  • Paully

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #23

    “catchy in norway
    Jan 7, 2019 at 12:04 PM
    Comment #42

    i have said Ole Gunnar. he plays football right”

    Hiya Catchy!

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #24

    I assume you mean wit. (One T)

  • Paully

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Witt, what a twit, possibly not our intellectual superior (as we are often reminded).

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Bruce is such a step up on Rafa, so much so that Bruce has had to revert to his tactics after taking subtle digs at those very same tactics just a short while ago in a bid to curry favour with his paymasters.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #27

    In Ireland he’s a great scholar !

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib cheers for the geography clarification. I was going to ask Toon 22 but ….:)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #29

    catchy in norway

    Dec 26, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #29
    Ole Gunner seems to be doing ok dosnt he,

    2 games in, and looking very attack minded.

    Now catchy,
    How’s he looking after twenty odd games when he’s undone all Mourinho’s good work and is very much implementing his own ”style” of football on his team.I didn’t see too much of an attacking intent yesterday, in fact I didn’t even see any intent!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #30

    The trouble is with posters like Bills son is back and catchy from norway is that they can’t really be held accountable for the tripe they post. They’re in full flow when they think they have the evidence to support their rubbish but as soon as things aren’t quite what they’re claiming it to be they just disappear. I have slated Bruce since he got here, and haven’t disappeared because he got a great result yesterday.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #31

    So where does Bruce praise himself for the win as Mindshaft says? Also, does Solsjaer and man u have backward training methods seeing as they have lots of injuries. Or maybe none of us are in a position to make than judgement , but do it because we just hate SB the traitorous nufc hating mackem lover? And maybe there is a lot of arse being spouted? Not to worry, the blog can gets its nastiness back if we lose in london. Anyway, does he praise himself?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #32

    We’ve got eight points and are doing as well or better than expected, if we don’t go down we all know it’s going to be a long season, For the sake of balance and fairness let’s not take away from the fact the two teams we have beaten are in turmoil, before people start ramming Bruce stats vs last season down the blogs throats it’s games against those teams around us that will ultimately determine our fate.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #33

    Billson hasnt posted that much tripe Jail. Although you dont want to say it, he said ashley is crap and bruce needs to be given a go and we bought guys that fellas swore we wudnt in the summer like Joe, before we got them.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Jail, we aint doing great, no worries there.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Before the game kicked off I’d said (and I have witnesses) that Ciaran Clark would be a useful addition to the back five as he’s a no nonsense solid defender and not afraid to attach incoming balls with his head. Thought his presence alongside Schar and Lascalles worked very well. Would be good to see the same team start at Chelsea as we always talk about the need for consistency and players confidence in each other. Now we have the chance to do that.

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #36


    There’s no way I was comparing match goers to scabs. What I was doing was pointing out that those who seem to take great delight in seeing a big crowd are in effect having a pop at those who’ve chosen not to attend matches in protest against Ashley.

    There are many like you who go to SJP come hell or high water because NUFC is part of your life and I’ve said before, you are to be admired, given your circumstances. But Bobby, it’s clear from your comments that you’ve done your time at the front line and what you don’t do is issue comments that snipe at those who’ve chosen to give up their STs or boycott games by seemingly crowing about big crowds.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #37

    He also claimed it was a great idea to give Joelinton a six year deal.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #38


    If McGuire hadn’t fluffed the best chance of the game Matty would’ve been saving Scharrs blushes..

    Excellent debut, took his goal like a veteran and you’re pouring cold water on it..

    Nufc fan my arse

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Lesh, I just think it’s time we all called a truce tbh. Nobody is ever going to persuade me that boycotting will rid us of Ashley and I would never ask anybody to stop boycotting if that’s their choice. I think we’ve drained every drop from both sides on that. People have made their choices and if more stop going, they will and if people return, they will. There’s been some nasty and some silly comments – both sides – and it’s forwarded the situation not one inch. People have a difference of opinion, that’s all. And it’s football, it’s meant to be enjoyed. And sometimes the gallows humour is part of the fun.
    People who used to get on, at each others throats over the same old thing… Well, you get my point?
    Maybe now’s a good time for people to agree to disagree and try to stick to football matters, which is the purpose of the blog after all. Discussing plans for protests is fair comment, but this constant sniping – this isn’t aimed at you in particular – has kept me from posting recently tbh. It’s just all become very tedious.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 7, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Matty made his goal look easy! That’s because he’s confident in his ability and in the right place to accept the pass. I doubt if Almiron or Joelinton would’ve scored with that chance.
    I loved the way he was calling for the pass from the excellent Jetro! Pure Geordie quality! What a future he’s got; and his big brother!


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