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Inspired Newcastle First-Half Performance Has Them Level 1-1 At Old Trafford



The Magpies have put in an admirable first-half performance at Old Trafford and find themselves level at 1-1 at the break. A brilliant goal from Allan Saint-Maximin erased a strike from Marcus Rashford as the lads put in a perfect reaction to going down.

Newcastle were back in the 4-3-3 one again with Almiron in the middle, Joelinton out to the right, and Saint-Maximin on the left. Isaac Hayden was tucked behind Willock and Shelvey with a backline of Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, and Lewis.

The Magpies started the match much more aggressively than last week. From an early corner routine, Joelinton got a shot away, despite a poor first touch, that was deflected forcing David de Gea into an acrobatic save.

Twenty-five minutes in and Newcastle continued to unsettle the Red Devils holding them to a couple of tame efforts despite them having 70% of the possession. Newcastle mustered four attempts in the early stages though only Joelinton’s and a long-range effort from Almiron required any action from de Gea.

Manchester United grabbed the lead with a goal from Marcus Rashford in the 30th minute. The forward nutmegged Krafth and burst into the box. Emil recovered but was dinked again by Rashford and couldn’t stop him from launching a low shot that beat Karl Darlow at his near post. Very disappointing goal to concede.

Newcastle won a corner in the 34th minute where Almiron played it short to Shelvey who launched it over everybody in the box. Saint-Maximin gathered the ball, drifted to his left, and launched a blistering shot that De Gea brilliantly saved.

On the subsequent corner, Newcastle tried the routine again but this time it was Willock with a delivery that was poorly cleared to Saint-Maximin in the box. The Frenchman rocketed the ball into the roof of the net to get Newcastle back on level terms. This was an excellent reaction from the lads after conceding.

This was an encouraging first half from Newcastle bar the goal from Rashford which Krafth and Darlow could have done better on. The lads have been aggressive, pressed high, and held the Red Devils in check for the most part.


261 comments so far

  • Reilly

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #41

    Ffs

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #42

    That was a sucker punch!

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  • manxpie

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #43

    OP closet man u fan!?? 🙂

    2
  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #44

    Atrocious defending from Lewis. The moment he missed the interception, James is free.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #45

    Honestly Man Utd have been terrible we should be winning this

    3
  • Romford mag

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #46

    Come on lads we can still do this !

    0
  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #47

    No one around

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #48

    For once Lewis flailed at that and darlow megged. All that hard work.

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  • toon22

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #49

    FFS

    0
  • FloridaToon

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #50

    Unlucky there

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #51

    Manx

    Timing is everything

    1
  • Toon67

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #52

    All of the time in the world.

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  • JohnReese

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #53

    We haven’t let that poor excuse of a footballer score have we?! He’s just a bloody sprinter.

    3
  • AncientC

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #54

    Said it after team selection. Dummett would have been the better option against Daniel James.

    2
  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #55

    Our defending is piss poor at times.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #56

    Even against crap teams like man u we gift too many opportunities.

    1
  • CJ

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #57

    Where the hell was Lewis and maxi didn’t track back

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  • mainemagpie

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #58

    So we stop pressing, allowed Man U to play the ball around and guess what happens.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #59

    Don’t know why Lewis is getting flack willock and hayden letting matic turn like that is criminal!

    1
  • sing in the corner

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #60

    Yeah shame for Lewis, having a decent confidence building game, but got drawn to the ball when he should have stayed on his man
    HTL

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #61

    I don’t rate Kraft and Lewis at all.

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #62

    No protection on flanks with this formation, no one near James

    1
  • jimiley

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #63

    We have nothing to worry about. Only two Fulham players would get into our team. We have an experienced manager and they have a novice. Not worried at all about relegation. Keep the faith

    2
  • Pottsclock

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #64

    That’s a gift…and Lewis not staying with his man again

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #65

    Aaah ffs

    0
  • Romford mag

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #66

    JR

    Unmarked at the back post !

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  • SiOliver

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #67

    Lewis looked at James at least twice and knew he was free – hopeless defending

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #68

    Jail, my spirits need lifting.

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  • JohnReese

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #69

    Is that another near post goal that Darlow has let in as well?

    1
  • CJ

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #70

    And lewis should stop taking throw ins

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  • FloridaToon

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #71

    Lewis was covering Fernandes, had he stayed on james and the ball went to Fernandes we would be complaining about that. He was unlucky the touch put the ball between his legs.

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #72

    JR

    Aye

    1
  • Pottsclock

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #73

    James just barged Maxi in the back on our break. Why not a booking? Ridiculous

    1
  • JohnReese

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #74

    OP,

    It’s almost like not playing your best goalkeeper will cost you goals and games.

    4
  • jimiley

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #75

    15 million for Lewis?????
    Anybody recall him doing anything this season?
    We need to get Wilson back asap and we will be fine. Big Joe is worst buy ever. 40 million is robbery. Maybe 4. Equally dad players like Guivarch but he cost 5m million. Pound for Sterling pound then Joe is streets ahead as the worst buy. Somebody at the club should be sacked for wasting 40 millionF

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #76

    We need more than the immobile hit and hope Shelvey offers, need more energy or bite in there, preferably both.

    3
  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #77

    Come on we can’t let them keep the ball and our play us. Get at them, we’re losing!

    1
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #78

    Not sure that was all Lewis fault, who was tracking Bruno?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #79

    I’m tired of saying it but Shelvey is shite! Offers nothing. Playing with 10 men when he’s on the pitch. We play with 9 when he’s paired up with Hendrick.

    1
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #80

    We don’t look the same without big Jo.

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