It was a disappointing afternoon at Old Trafford on Boxing Day to be sure. There were few bright spots as we made far too many individuals errors that ended up gifting Manchester United goals.
We started brightly, however, and looked to have a decent plan to get a result. The counter-attack looked quite dangerous early but we again had trouble finishing our chances.
However, Matty Longstaff stepped up once again and took his chance very well, giving Newcastle a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. Unfortunately, Newcastle didn’t keep the same intensity while Manchester United kicked into another gear.
In addition to Matty’s goal, we thought Joelinton had one of his better games in a Newcastle shirt. He did brilliantly to hold the ball up and tap it to Matty for his goal. It was the 23-year-old’s second assist this season.
He also linked up well with Dwight Gayle early in the game. The Brazilian again created a chance for Dwight that the poacher just didn’t take.
These two players are the ones who dominate our best player poll. For the second time this season, Matty Longstaff comes out on top. The 19-year-old easily won the poll when we beat Man United at home in October. For that game, he collected 57% of the vote.
This one is a whole lot tighter as he narrowly edges out Joelinton by just 17 votes. We hope to see Matty get more games in the second half of the season. He’s got something about him and has two goals in just four appearances this season.
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
How Will Newcastle Do Against Everton On Saturday?
- Win (38%, 520 )
- Lose (37%, 517 )
- Draw (25%, 348 )
Total Voters: 1,385