Ciaran Clark won a header in
midfield and played a forward pass to Dwight Gayle who in turn laid it off to the overlapping
DeAndre Yedlin down the right. He
surged past Chris Smalling before pulling the ball back for Gayle to side-foot the
ball in off the far post, Victor Lindelof's timely slip giving the Newcastle
man sight of goal in front of the Stretford End. 1-0
37 mins: Enner
Valencia played the ball back to
Paul Pogba on the right edge of the Newcastle box and he beat Isaac Hayden far too easily before standing the ball up to the far
post. Anthony Martial was on hand to out-jump Yedlin and nod home with
minimum effort 1-1
Ciaran Clark's ill-advised attempt to trick his
way out of trouble from the right back slot saw him lose possession and a
corner ultimately arrived via a blocked shot from Valencia.
was played short and then back to Ashley Young, who evaded Matt Ritchie before
crossing to the back post for Smalling to power a header past Elliot who got a
hand to it.
For some reason
Lukaku felt the need to celebrate with a gesture and a "f*** off"
aimed in the direction of the away end - we're struggling to recall any
"previous" with us from his Everton, West Brom or Chelsea days 1-2
Half time: Red Devils 2
54 mins: Gayle's ball across the home area was intercepted and the home side
broke at speed with Juan Mata and Lukaku down the right. A ball to Marcus Rashford was
nodded back to Pogba, who had the easiest of finishes from point-blank
Lukaku and Mata exchanged swapped passes down the right once again and
the former surged into the box. Lejeune missed his tackle leaving Lukaku
time and space to pick his spot and lash the ball past Elliot into the roof
of the net.
Full time: Red Devils 4
"For sure. This
time, you see the difference between money spent. It's not something we
didn't know, we knew it would make a massive difference between both teams.
"But I am really pleased with what I saw in the first 30 minutes.
"I think it's a quite simple analysis, a really good first half for 30
minutes, everything was right, we were working hard, we had a clear idea
what to do, we did well.
"And then we conceded a goal, then the second goal made a difference in
terms of the mentality. We had the chance of Hayden later on, but we
"The second half was more difficult because the belief that we had in the
first half, to keep this belief until the end, it depended on the goal. And
then when we conceded a third goal it was a different game.
"But I am really pleased and really proud of my players in their first 30
minutes. And after when you pay big money for players, they can make the
difference, so you make mistakes, you pay for that because you play against
"The goal was like a wake-up call and the team reacted very well,
very strong. In the second half I was seated and really enjoying the quality, and
many times the beauty, of our game."
About Paul Pogba:
"He was top. It looked like he had not been out. He came back with a
really great performance. He was a great influence in the game.
"He had to come out when he felt the first sign of fatigue, because we
don't want to go over the limits. So he played a little bit more than an
hour, and for that hour it looked like he wasn't for such a long time
not playing football.
"He affects our football. We all know, myself and the fellow players,
that certain players influence the levels of the team. With him we have
much more creation. I am so happy.
"Now let's see the best decision for Wednesday - if the best thing for
him is to play again, or for him to rest, because he is a player we need
"It was a very emotional scene for all of us that have stayed close to
such a professional with one of the biggest injuries in football.
"I think him coming back was a joy for everyone, but for us close to
him, it was more than that - it was big emotion to see the big guy
Dwight Gayle's 24th goal for the
club was his first in Premier League for us, making the striker our 131st scorer in that competition.
Mo Diame completed a half century of league and cup games in a Newcastle
shirt. However, he's
now lost all seven of his appearances at Old Trafford, today adding to previous
fruitless visits with Wigan
Athletic, West Ham and Hull City.
Ciaran Clark has also lost all seven of his games here for Aston Villa and Newcastle.
Newcastle conceded four goals for the first time since Rafa Benitez became
Magpies boss in March 2016. Their previous highest defeat to that was a
1-5 reverse at Chelsea in February 2016.
The only survivor from the Newcastle side that won 1-0 here in December
2013 was Rob Elliot, who was an unused substitute on the day Yohan
Cabaye's goal created a small piece of history.
For the home side, De Gea played the entirety of both games, while
Valencia was in the first XI today and appeared as a substitute four
years ago. Young meanwhile looked on from the bench last time round but
Newcastle became the first visiting team to score a goal in the
Premier League at Old Trafford this season, and the
first since Swansea City back in April, a combined run of 565 minutes.
Going 1-0 up at Old Trafford is a rare thing. It's only happened to us a handful
of times in the PL:
2017/18 Gayle (held for 23 mins) lost 1-4
2013/14 Cabaye (held for 29 mins) won 1-0
2012/13 Perch (held for 21 mins) lost 3-4
2008/09 Martins (held for 2 mins) drew 1-1
2004/05 Ambrose (held for 30 mins) lost 1-2
1997/98 Andersson (held for 27 mins) drew 1-1
Magpies v MUFC @ Old Trafford - PL era:
lost 1-4 Gayle
2015/16 drew 0-0
2014/15 lost 1-3 Cisse(pen)
2013/14 won 1-0 Cabaye
2012/13 lost 3-4 Perch, og(Evans), Cisse
2012/13 lost 1-2 Cisse (LC)
2011/12 drew 1-1 Ba(pen)
2010/11 lost 0-3
2008/09 drew 1-1 Martins
2007/08 lost 0-6
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-2 Ambrose
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 lost 3-5 Bernard, Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 lost 1-3 Shearer
2000/01 lost 0-2
1999/00 lost 1-5 og(Berg)
1998/99 drew 0-0
1997/98 drew 1-1 Andersson
1996/97 drew 0-0
1995/96 lost 0-2
1994/95 lost 0-2
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole
a quartet of Sunday afternoons and one Monday night shift, the latest date in
our 19 game perambulation of the nations saw us parading for the cameras on a
The home "support" within Old Trafford may have given a passable
impression of slumbering on the settee, but 3,100 black and whiters found their
voices to support their local team and were soon rewarded by what is a rare
beast indeed round these parts - an away goal.
Starting brightly and moving the ball around well, the Magpies struck through
Dwight Gayle in the 14th minute - his joyful dash away from a Stretford End net
containing the match ball bringing to mind efforts from his predecessors Andy
Cole and Obafemi Martins.
And it could have got even better; a side shorn of injured trio Jamaal Lascelles,
Mikel Morino and Christian Atsu coming mighty close to making it 2-0 five
minutes later, when Jacob Murphy's low shot flashed across the face of goal
before just clearing the far post.
A formation that was either 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2 depending on your perspective
caused Manchester United problems and threatened to expose them in the centre of
the park on occasion, a pleasing willingness to shift the ball quickly evident
in contrast to the "wait and see" ploy of previous away games. Shy
bairns get nowt, as was painfully proven when we timidly left Turf Moor
Sadly though, reality intervened and Jose Mourinho's side extended their
unbeaten run on this ground to 39 games in all competitions as their big guns
belatedly began to fire.
The quality of deliveries into the Newcastle area from either side ensured that
the Red Devils went in at the interval ahead through a pair of simple headers
from Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling.
The absence of Lascelles was a factor in conceding both; the equaliser
having its origins in some sharp practice from Valencia when play resumed after
a stoppage - the home player deliberately sending the ball out for a throw-in
rather than recycling the ball for Rob Elliot to restart play - Elliot was in
possession and had thrown the ball out.
The home side's second meanwhile came during time added on after an accidental collision
between Elliot and his colleague Javier Manquillo that left the 'keeper needing attention
and may have restricted his movement.
entertaining half though could still have ended level, had Isaac Hayden been
able to end his run into the box by placing his shot wide of De Gea - and
Gayle's contact on Matt Ritchie's follow-up effort diverted the ball inside the
post rather than narrowly wide of the target.
And that was sadly as good as it got for Rafa & Co: that encouraging first half
performance never matched in the second as the Salford Galacticos came to
life. A devastating counter-attack saw Pogba cap his return from injury with a
goal before Romelu Lukaku ended his own scoring drought.
Newcastle's lack of Premier League experience told as they were considerably outplayed, the
arrival of Mo Diame and Aleksandar Mitrovic never likely to make a dent in a
1-4 deficit - Diame in particular
wasting chances to mount some late counter-attacks.
By then though the emphasis had firmly switched to future games, Joselu and
Gayle withdrawn ahead of vital contests against Watford and West Bromwich
Albion - Ritchie's earlier replacement by Rolando Aarons more to do with
saving the former than reintegrating the latter.
That there was little for the away contingent to cheer mattered not;
rendition of the "we still follow United" chant for the final ten
minutes spine-tingling and rightly acknowledged by the team after full time.
That defiance was a product of what the team had at least tried to achieve -
effort appreciated and reciprocated even if the end result was
The defeat and other results saw Newcastle remain in 11th spot,
looking to end a run of three successive defeats by beating Watford at
Gallowgate on Saturday.
Despite today's eventual outcome and the loss of Hayden through suspension
(seeing yellow for the fifth time this season) when the Hornets come visiting,
positives could still be taken - not least the confidence boost Gayle
should get from finding the net once again.
Less visibly, a decent shift from Murphy will hopefully benefit his morale after
what has been a slow start to life as a Magpie.