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Jetro Willems And The Longstaff Brothers Start At Manchester United

This is the team that Steve Bruce has chosen to take on Manchester United. It is a Christmas miracle as we got the team selection right for once. 🙂

As we had all been hoping, Jetro Willems is back in the team. Florian Lejeune gets his second straight start, but Bruce had limited options with the other three center-backs out injured.

The big surprise is that the Longstaff brothers get the nod in midfield for Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey. Though we had a feeling he would do just that.

It looks like the same formation as last weekend against Crystal Palace. However, it’s Joelinton and Dwight Gayle as the front two with Dwight getting his first start of the season.

This is who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has selected to face the Magpies. Paul Pogba just makes the bench, which is a welcome surprise.

This is a chance for Newcastle to continue their march up the Premier League table. With a win, we can leap Manchester United and get closer to a coveted top five place. But that may be putting the cart before the horse.

However, this is certainly a game we can get something from if the lads put in a performance. It won’t be easy as Man U will want to atone for the loss at Watford last weekend. But we’ve beaten them once already, and Bruce will have the team believing they can do it once again.

Howay The Lads!

128 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 26, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #121

    This is the results we will get when luck runs out. We’ve been lucky to fluke wins when opposition kept missing after dominating us.

    Better get used to it.

  • JohnReese

    Dec 26, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #122

    Absolute shambles. Lost any intensity after we scored the first. Say what you want about the mistakes and deflection leading to the goal but we looked like we thought it was won after the first goal. No urgency to do anything else.

    How Gayle didn’t even test De Gea, never mind score I don’t know. Clearly lacking any sort of leadership on the pitch. Lascelles on the pitch and I don’t believe we capitulate like that.

    Ref should have given Mctominnay a second yellow for the foul on Almiron, clear and cynical foul but of course he’s bottled it.

  • lukes26

    Dec 26, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #123

    how odd that the defense have been weak link. all three CB’s have been terrible. Lejeune looks off pace, Fernandez should have done better on the first, second was entirely his fault.

    Joelinton has been really good. Reminds me of Abraham.

    This would have been a game for Yedlin to start in place of Manquillo. Yedlin’s pace was needed for ManU’s counter.

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 26, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #124

    When our defence misfires we lose. It’s as simple as that. Our midfield and forwards misfire every week.

  • Pottsclock

    Dec 26, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #125

    Is Gayle on the pitch ?

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 26, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #126

    Our goal was a beauty, well crafted, then you see the states of the goals we conceded.

  • lukes26

    Dec 26, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #127

    I realize we’re losing…but I think Bruce should keep the midfield/forwards going forward. Gayle hasnt done much, but his pace creates space for Joelinton, Matty’s just magic…hope he can get more playing time, reads the game well, just a natural

  • Slatymag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #128

    Always a dangerous game inviting pressure in your own half/last third. Only a matter of time before an error or two crept in. Can’t rely on last ditch heroics every week.


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