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Our Player Ratings For Loss At Old Trafford

This was the lineup from the Boxing Day loss to Manchester United, including the three substitutions

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 4

  • Martin made a few decent saves but it was an off day for the 30-year-old. We always praise him for making the saves to keep us in the game. Today his failure to keep out Anthony Martial’s shot on the first goal really hurt the team. He also could have done better on the fourth goal where he seemed to just drop in front of Martial who easily chipped it over him.

Javier Manquillo – 5

  • Javier Manquillo was decent at Old Trafford. He got forward a couple of times but nothing came of it. While he didn’t make any mistakes, he struggled to contain Manchester United’s attackers. Javier was again one of our better players, but well below the standard he set over the previous five games.

Fabian Schar – 3

  • The 28-year-old hasn’t been himself since returning from his knee injury. He had his worst half in a Newcastle shirt in the first half today. He played a lackadaisical pass straight to Mason Greenwood, who scored a thunderblast. Schar was then too easily beaten by Marcus Rashford from an Aaron Wan-Bissaka cross for their third. He improved a bit in the second half but was pulled late for Emil Krafth. We have to ask the question, is he on his way out? There’s been no talk of a new contract for him even though he’s got just 18-months left on his current deal.

Fede Fernandez – 5

  • Fede was the captain with both Jonjo Shelvey and Andy Carroll on the bench. He failed to provide the leadership necessary once the cracks started to show. It was not his best performance as he struggled with the Man United attack. Though the whole backline was left exposed by the midfield.

Florian Lejeune – 6

  • Lejeune was by far our best defender but that’s not saying much. His distribution was mixed though we often lacked outlets. Florian did well to help Jetro Willems, who struggled with Wan-Bissaka today. We’re not sure he can go against Everton as that would be three starts in a week after not featuring for over 8 months.

Jetro Willems – 5

  • Willems just didn’t have it. He was probably rushed back as Bruce had no other options. Left for dead a couple of times by Wan-Bissaka, including on the third goal. Didn’t provide much going forward after the opening 20 minutes.

Sean Longstaff – 3

  • Not sure what to say about Sean. We don’t want to be too harsh on the local lad, but this performance was just poor. Sean didn’t do enough in the midfield, where we were overrun. He also gifted Martial his second goal, and their fourth, with a weak back pass just five minutes into the second half. That killed any chance of a comeback. Sean’s just not the same player as last year.

Matty Longstaff – 6

  • Matty took his goal so well, and for a couple of minutes, we thought he could be the hero once again. However, he was part of a midfield that was overrun by Manchester United. Matty made some good tackles but was often caught out of position. However, he’s young and has a knack for the dramatic. This will be an invaluable learning experience for the youngster.

Miguel Almiron – 5

  • Miguel ran around but produced absolutely nothing. He was pulled with about thirty minutes left, but that was likely to save him for Saturday. Had one shot that sailed well into the stands. He came down a bit from last week’s dramatics but should be ready to go on Saturday.

Joelinton – 6

  • Joelinton did a decent job today, especially early on. He seemed to like having a quick runner alongside him. While he and Gayle got in each other’s way a couple of times, Joelinton worked a great one-two with Dwight, who couldn’t get his shot on target. The Brazilian did brilliantly to hold the ball and find Matty Longstaff on the goal. However, Joelinton still got no service and did very little in the second half but the game was gone by then.

Dwight Gayle – 3

  • Dwight Gayle is on the pitch to score goals. He offers little else. For the second time in two weeks, Joelinton’s created a clear chance for Gayle, who has failed to even force the keeper into a save. It’s time for Muto to get in the squad for Gayle who should be cashed in on next month.


Christian Atsu – 5

  • Atsu came on for Gayle in the 59th minute but the game was well and truly done. He did his best in a situation where he could do little else.

DeAndre Yedlin – 5

  • Yedlin came on in the 63rd minute to give Almiron a rest. Similarly to Atsu, he did his best but the game was gone.

Emil Krafth – n/a

  • Krath came on for Schar late. Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 4-1 Defeat At Old Trafford?

  • Matty Longstaff (33%, 274 )
  • Joelinton (31%, 257 )
  • Miguel Almiron (11%, 90 )
  • Florian Lejeune (9%, 73 )
  • Javier Manquillo (5%, 41 )
  • Martin Dubravka (3%, 27 )
  • Federico Fernandez (2%, 17 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (2%, 13 )
  • Jetro Willems (1%, 12 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 12 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 10 )
  • Fabian Schar (1%, 8 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 4 )

Total Voters: 838

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65 comments so far

  • kimbo

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #1

    What can I say, turned off at halftime, 4 goals gifted by our players. Looks like normality resumed after some lucky wins.

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #2

    It would be more relevant to ask who was the worst player! Difficult decision!

  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #3

    If you don’t have midfielders who know how
    to screen their defenders , days like today
    will happen.
    Isaac Hayden will be starting vs Everton

  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #4

    don’t know how

  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #5

    you get what I mean
    ha ha ha

  • dougie

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #6

    We all know where the team needs to be strengthened but nobody’s coming in January because the parasite figures we will have no problem staying up this season.The Longstaffs are nowhere near good enough for this level yet but we’ve got nobody else to come in and do a job.Gayle should have been away last summer as he’s Championship quality,Muto offers next to nothing as well.Joelinton and Almiron would struggle to get 5 goals each in the Championship.Sports Direct FC is run on a shoestring with the sole ambition to scrape survival so the parasite can advertise his tat shops.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Kimbo, your nufc support is too strong mate, honest

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Terrible performance from all the lads but I voted for Joelinton who seemed up for it and made some good moves and good hold up play bringing his teammates into the game. The rest were shocking! Almiron did okay with some clever nutmegs too but was too isolated and we hardly passed the ball to create any chances for him.

    Bruce was not to blame on this one, the players did not thank him after the off day he gave them. Hopefully this Saturday they make it up to is all.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Have Liverpool been beaten in the league? The new Invincibles.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Can we sign this Alexander Arnold kid from Liverpool ?
    No consolation but Leicester have conceded 4 at home

    Shelvey needs to boss Everton on Saturday

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Very hard to back up after only two days. The body hasn’t had the chance to recover.

    I’d expect Dubravka, Yedlin, Dummett, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu and Carroll and possibly Muto to start.

  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #12

    We will stay up and so keep the owner in place.
    But we are nearer bottom 6 than top 6. Any team which has less of the ball at home than any visitor is aware of its severe limitations.
    Every season there is a turning point. Todays may be that day. A run to the end of the season which sees us 5 or 6 points above the zone but always looking over our shoulder.
    God bless big Mike. Evertything turns to dust. The Toon is just a heap of dust. Its soul is long departed

  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Leicester City are getting humped at home off LPool
    I wonder if on Leicester blogs they are blaming the
    Srivaddhanaprabha family for it ?

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Fulcking Leicester have so much ambition and never sell their top boys Jib!!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Dummett didn’t make the bench, leaving us no CB cover, so must be a doubt v Everton.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Leicester and NUFC owners – one’s as bad as the other.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Amazing, we thought City wud rule for years to come, but Liverpool are trading so well

  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #18

    I could have sworn the Number 5 for Man U today was bought off Leicester for £80m

  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Big Mike reminds me of Richard Geere in Pretty Woman movie. He buys the business and sells off the parts for a profit eg Debenhams and House of Fraser and the Toon. He sells the best players and the land and you are left with nowt but a steel hulk.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #20

    We have 5 decent centre back and Willems and Yedlin. The squad when we finished 5th was much better. Ba, Cisse, Remy were class.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 26, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Matches like this happen, at least we are still 10th.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #22

    we are not going to win every match.

  • stan anderson

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #23

    I,ve just watched Liverpool play a game the way it should be played,accurate with their passes,lots of movement and no shortage of passion and skill to go with it.
    How nice to be able to watch games like they played it.
    We drool when we get a 1-0 win against anyone but deep down we know were gonna get beaten in most games over a season.
    It makes my P boil when i see what we have.
    2nd rate manager.
    AshLie who does not to do anymore than survive in the Premier league.
    And many fans who are happy with the situation we are in.
    We get what we deserve i suppose.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Leicester don’t sell jib. Honest.!

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Jmiley, but Mike Ashley doesn’t get his hhole 🙂

  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Bruce picked two midfielders (The Longstaffs) who have
    19 PL appearances between them to play at Old Trafford

    It’s understood why he did this with Everton at home on
    Saturday – but a scudding was always a possibility

  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Munster apologies
    Sometimes sarcasm goes right over my head

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Considering the likes of arsenal, Chelsea and spurs are having a nightmare of a season I think we are not doing that bad this season.

  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Big Mike is going nowhere and every year we are spinning around the plughole until we fall through it. This year or next year or whenever but we are just holding off time. Never get too excited about survival because its only temporary.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Happy enough with our signings, with the possible exception of Krafth, which seemed unnecessary, but we clearly should also have kept Rondon, Perez and probably Diame, and certainly could have, Perez aside perhaps, but even he might well have been encouraged to stay had we made the right moves. We don’t have much of a clue, and it’ll very likely show over the course of the season, and particularly over this hectic period.

  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #31

    “Stan Anderson
    deep down we know were gonna get beaten in most games”

    We’ve lost 7 out of 25 games

    Maths eh ?

    Dead easy maths is.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Oddly enough I predicted 5-1 as we have been riding our luck. What has happened to Lobby?

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Zombie club Jib, wake up.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Doesn’t have the attacking outlets to hit he had last term.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Nor has he always Hayden beside him.

  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #36

    He said over a season. Give it time.
    We have already lost more than won and it will get worse by May. Just let it play out.

  • toon22

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Its just an average season for us nowdays

    Get used to it

  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #38

    We get 42k for a home game when we were a few points off top 4 and Big Mike gives away 10K season tickets. The next gate is 45K so that means only 3k took up a free allocation. If that does not spell looming disaster then I do not know what does.
    We used to have a 30k waiting list for season tickets.
    Mike should be very worried if he cannot fill the ground with free tickets. Its just not very entertaining Mike get it?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s good for Matty to be in the squad, and occasionally playing, but at 19 he’s not ready to start against the senior clubs, or to figure prominently in the side, despite the two lovely strikes. Steve Bruce had little choice but to play him though, alongside his brother, with the Everton game less than 48 hours away. But it’s wishful thinking to imagine they’d have matched Man U’s midfield.

  • jimiley

    Dec 26, 2019 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Its not very entertaining Mike watching us defend at home against Palace and Burnley and the like. Letting them have the ball and trying to play on the break at home. No wonder the ground is a coffin. Thats it in a nutshell Mike.


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