Newcastle uncharacteristically have let Manchester United surge to a 3-1 halftime lead. After taking an early lead through Matty Longstaff, it was all Manchester United who scored three times to crush the Magpies after a promising start.
Newcastle came out in a similar formation to last weekend with a three-man midfield and two strikers. It was a familiar sight as we sat back and soaked up pressure and tried to hit the Red Devils on the counter.
It worked pretty well as the Magpies had a couple of good chances on the break. During the first one, the ball eventually found Miguel Almiron on the left, who blasted his shot into the stands.
An even better chance would soon follow as Joelinton and Dwight Gayle worked a decent move. Joelinton freed Gayle, who timed his run perfectly, but the 29-year-old lacked composure and skied the ball over the bar.
But Newcastle were not to be denied in the 17th minute as Matty Longstaff dinked a ball to Joelinton in the box. The big man did very well to hold the ball up and find Matty Longstaff. The 19-year-old was all composure as he put the ball tidily past David De Gea into the bottom corner.
What a superb bit of play and another excellent finish from Matty Longstaff. Newcastle finally took their chance and appeared to be growing into the games. However, it didn’t last long.
Manchester United answered just 7 minutes later through Anthony Martial. It was a soft goal to give away as Martial cut into the box from the left and received a pass from Andreas Pereira. He curled his shot to the near post, but Dubravka couldn’t parry it away. He should have done much better as he seemed to have had it covered.
Manchester United were pulling all the strings as they pushed for a second. Which would come through a gift from Fabian Schar. He received the ball from Dubravka at the back and then played a terrible ball straight to Mason Greenwood. The youngster obliged with a wonder goal that Dubravka had no chance on.
It was then Marcus Rashford’s turn. Aaron Wan-Bissaka beat Jetro Willems down the right and launched a cross into the box. Marcus Rashford got the best of Fabian Schar to head the ball into the net to make it 3-1.
Newcastle were lucky to escape the half as it was all Manchester United after they leveled the score. Bruce will be furious with the mental errors which we just cannot afford to make. We’ll see if we can turn the tide, but it’s looking dismal at the moment.