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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

  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #241

    Brucie can’t wait to get off – no commiserating the players, no pat on the back.

    Just walks off with Ole, smiling, drooling and no doubt asking “Where’s the bacon”

  • Tsunki

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #242

    Bruce isn’t doing as well as Bruce did last year. Last year’s Bruce was best.

  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 21, 2021 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #243

    Unless he’s sacked we’re down!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #244

    Wonder if Bowis is going to let some spectators into games soon?

    If nowt else we can let TFG know how we feel!

    Noticeable the Jones was the one talking to players who were subbed.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #245

    Decent first half performance. Dire second half performance. Just shows you how bad we are losing to them. They’re an average team and they were all over us second half. Willock looks useless. No wonder Arsenal let him go.

  • toon kk

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #246

    Another expected result.
    We’ll be relegated, can’t see us surviving tbh.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #247

    Since his premier League debut a year ago Bruno Fernandes has himself scored 11 goals from the Penalty spot than any other team in the League, more that Chelsea and Leicester each with 9 penalties.

    1. sack Bruce.
    2. bring in Tom Daley to teach diving practice
    3. pay our subs to the refs retirement fund
    4. demand a Fraud Squad investigation
    5. Copy what Man U do

  • only one bobby robson

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #248

    Sorry can someone please tell me apart from scoring the goal which he actually hit into the floor what did st Maximan do in the match was shocking

  • jimiley

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #249

    Odious owner, crap manager and sub standard players. Whats not to like at the Toon???
    Many more years to come.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #250

    Darlow should have saved the 2 goals at his near post.
    Bruce again making decisions too late.
    And that was a soft penalty! He hardly touched him and he dived. Was there no VAR?

  • coming home

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #251

    Rafa would save us with these players
    Get it done mikey

  • manxpie

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #252

    Australian pie when have we been in form tho?
    We had luck at the start of the season from then on we’ve been pretty much terrible plus now we haven’t got a striker
    There is no chance of us catching burnley or Southampton or Brighton

  • Online Guy

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #253

    Wondering now if Bruce has been released from his duties 2 weeks back

    Jones clearly told to stay in the background for fear of the press jumping on it .
    Whos the head coach ? Jones was bending a few players ears with instructions ..Bruce looking on strangely

    ..whats ganning on .

  • jezza442

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #254

    That photo will come back to haunt him when he’s sacked, hopefully soon

  • Pottsclock

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #255

    For all the limitations Lewis has, he gets absolutely no support from Maxi

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #256

    The last two matches against Fulham and Sheffield will tell the tale.

  • Zorro

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #257

    So Steve whats your take on tonight’s game
    Well we can take some positives out of it
    Whats those steve
    Well we were in it until they went ahead again
    Fulham Steve are now ony 3 points behind you
    Yeah but we are only one point behind Brighton and 3 points behind burnley
    But they are better teams Steve with better managers and play better football
    Yes but they are the negatives
    You mentioned Brighton Steve they could be 4 in front as they have a game in hand
    Yes thats a small negative
    Whats the biggest positive you can take from tonight’s game Steve
    Eh that I won’t be sacked in the morning as the owner is ecstatic that I have followed his remit down to a tee I told him when we were near the top half that it wouldn’t last and I would get us to 17th asap
    Thanks Steve
    No problem

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #258

    Bruce walks off with his arm round OGS! Wtf he should be angry not bloody chatting!

  • Online Guy

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #259

    Told you 20 months back , Bruce is anywhere for a little Apple ..

    Plastic Geordie . Man Utd Supporter through and through ..no affinity for Newcastle United at all..hes got history with statements pertaining to , to put it bluntly..taking the piss .

  • Ninjacent

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #260

    Out of Place and us to go down ? me thinks, can we find more goals in our team (can’t see it). We did play well against the team now 2nd in the league, but the lack of changes from the top earlier on in the season before Christmas my have cost us.

    Will Ashley sell us in the Championship for 350mil NOPE.

    Has he learnt his lessons, nope.

    Should we sack Bruce now, yep as he will not take responsibility for the results and was never good enough.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #261

    Bruce’s GD record is absolutely appalling.

    Credit to Jones for bringing in the press. Trouble is our players are obviously not fit enough to do a whole game with it. Only Almiron looks like he can keep running.

    Obvious things are:

    Dubs back in
    Any alternative for Kraft.
    Take Lewis out of the firing line.
    Shelvey out full stop. Maybe for Anderson. We need legs in the middle
    Maybe bring Toure in up front.

    Gayle, Carroll and Jo (as a striker) really not fit for purpose either at this level. .

    Dougie said he’d only want us to go down if we are guaranteed the removal of the fat man, not otherwise. Good to contextualize these things.

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