Despite Newcastle holding on for a draw until the levy broke in the 86th minute, they were easily second best tonight. Newcastle grabbed a fortunate early lead through Luke Shaw’s own goal and that turned not to necessarily be a good thing.
After taking the lead, Newcastle sat back and let Manchester United dictate the match. It took them a good 20 minutes to get into a groove in the final third but eventually, they started forcing Karl Darlow into work resulting in the Harry Maguire equalizer and three second-half goals.
Darlow was outstanding once again and made some wonderful saves including a second-half penalty by Bruno Fernandes. But soon after that, Marcus Rashford was played through on goal forcing Darlow into a collision with the striker while making the save. It was ruled offside but Darlow was hobbled for the remainder of the game.
The question will be asked if Darlow should have been taken off as he was clearly struggling. While it’s hard to see him saving Manchester United’s second and third, the final goal did get under him.
Allan Saint-Maximin and Jonjo Shelvey had their moments with some good efforts on target. Callum Wilson also offered a threat on occasion. However, on a whole, we were poor in maintaining possession and the defense was torn apart late by the Red Devils.
Ultimately, Newcastle gave Manchester United too much respect after the early lead allowing them to grow into the match, which they ended up dominating for large swathes. David de Gea was outstanding for the visitors making some outstanding saves of his own.
It’s another poor home defeat that does nothing for our goal difference, which is in the red once again.