It was an unexpected and fabulous win on Sunday at St. James’ Park in front of what was close to a full house.
Before the game, we knew Manchester United were nothing like the Red Devils of old.
And so it proved to be the case with Newcastle being the better side and creating the better chances in the game.
But the other reason over and above the excellent, committed performance from our lads was the form of Sean and Matty Longstaff in central midfield.
They ran the show, and Sean looked back in form and Matty – well, he was simply amazing.
The teenager hit the crossbar in the first half and then scored a beauty after 72 minutes.
That allowed us to take all 3 points, and our first home win of the season – appropriately before over 51,000 fans
And we now have 8 points from 8 games, and that’s not too bad at all.
The game was beamed live around the world, and the spectacle of two local lads making good is a great story, and it puts Newcastle United in an excellent light.
That will do nothing to dampen any groups looking to buy Newcastle soon.
Longstaff brothers celebrate Matty’s great goal – sign them up to new deals – quickly
Steve Bruce made the right call on the team selection with DeAndre Yedlin, Ciaran Clark, Matty Longstaff, Saint-Maximilian, and Jetro Willems, all having good games.
Those were the five players brought in after the 5-0 disaster at Leicester City the previous weekend.
Bruce was brave enough to play the inexperienced but very talented 19-year-old Matty against the Red Devils.
But that decision was helped a lot by the three-game suspension of Isaac Hayden, who had formed an excellent playing duo with Sean Longstaff last season.
Matty’s contract runs out at the end of the season, so we need to get him signed to a new long term deal quickly.
That’s also true of his brother Sean who has a deal for the next three years, but he needs a new, improved deal because of his top form last season.
Sean also showed he’s getting back to his best on Sunday and remember Man United may come after him in January with a reported £40M bid.
Another player we need to give a new deal to quickly is star defender Fabian Schar who had another excellent game.
Isaac Hayden has agreed to stay at Newcastle in spite of his fiance and baby residing in the southwest.
Isaac has to get a new contract, given his excellent form since last December.
Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is another crucial player, and he is in the process of agreeing anew deal to stay on Tyneside.
Managing Director Lee Charnley needs to start doing his job and get these five players signed up to new deals as soon as he can.
It needs to be before January for Matty Longstaff.
That’s because if he hasn’t a new deal by then, other clubs can start negotiating with him in January – and there will be plenty of suitors.
We need to keep our players for the long term and stop being a selling club that’s going nowhere – except maybe back into the Championship again.
Mike Ashley needs to realize he will get a lot more money for Newcastle if only he would invest in the club.
And make the Magpies into a top-eight club instead of fighting relegation every season.
We’ve done that in the last five seasons we have been in the Premier League since the summer of 2014, and it gets really boring, annoying and frustrating.
We hope we have a new owner before the end of this year.
What do you think?