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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

  • jasper

    Oct 7, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #41

    For what it’s worth there were many Man U supporters in the premier club openly wearing their colours, and I suspect a lot more who were sensible enough to not be so brazen.

    Good thing that we have a deserved reputation for being open and friendly to other clubs supporters in the ground or in the city centre pubs – well with one notable exception. But they haven’t had a game here for several years, can’t think why.


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