Date: Wednesday 2nd January 2019, 8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
0 - 2
Half time: Magpies 0 Mancs 0
64 mins Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka spilt a dipping free kick by Marcus Rashford, allowing Romelu Lukaku
to knock the ball home with his
first touch seconds after arriving from the bench.
Hayden was dispossessed by Paul Pogba deep in the visitors' half; Lukaku and
fellow substitute Sanchez then combined for the unmarked
Rashford to beat Dubravka in the Leazes End goal, Fabian Schar dragged badly
out of position. 0-2
Full time: Magpies 0
"We started quite well, there were two or three situations where we
were quite close, and we also had some chances in the second half. We lost the
game 2-0 but we deserved more.
"To win the game? I don't know. But
to be there and be close and get a draw, I think so.
"If you analyse how we concede, they
didn't create many clear chances. At the end, when we were more open and
exposed, they were more dangerous, but for 80 minutes it was really close.
"We know that the final third is the key. When you pay big money for
players, offensive players, they can make the difference.
"You have to give credit to our
players because for 85 minutes they were in the game. In these kind of games,
one mistake and these players can make the difference.
we made a mistake, they punished us with the quality they have. When we were
reacting, the second goal was a counter attack that we could defend
"I think for 85 minutes, we deserve something more.
"Itís in the hip and the groin. He has had this problem before - we
hope it will not be serious. He couldnít continue in the game but, normally,
heís fine in a couple of days."
On other matters:
"I don't talk about the transfer window and I do not talk about the
takeover. I talk with Lee Charnley almost every day, but I will not talk about
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said
"The performance was really professional. We were very solid to
come here against a club like this, with the fans they've got, and I
thought it was excellent, how the boys dealt with it ó especially in the
"In the first half, we kept them at bay for about 15 minutes but then
made some mistakes and the crowd got going again. It's always harder for
you then. We never hit the heights that we can do, but still, I felt we
were in control, kept plugging away.
"The team talk was about game management, especially keeping the
crowd quiet. In the first 10-12 minutes we did that really well and kept
them at bay but then we made one or two mistakes and the crowd got
"Suddenly, youíre under pressure and (Christian) Atsu got
away down the left a couple of times. Phil (Jones) made a great
block and tackle but, again, those were the moments you donít want to
have in front of a crowd at a club like this. But I thought the lads
really got into the game again and the fans again were fantastic, as I
"Every time you win a game, itís time to celebrate and to pat
yourself on the back. Tomorrow morning, you get up and out of bed ready
for the next game. I've been here after the 5-0 defeat (in 1996) and
luckily today they can go home happily. It was fantastic.Ē
Asked whether he would want to leave in May (when his current deal
"Of course I won't, I don't want to. It's such a great bunch of players, a fantastic atmosphere, but it's
the next game, it's the next game, it's the next game. I'm doing my
job as long as I'm here."
About his four opening wins (emulating Sir Matt Busby in 1946):
"That will be in the books, but it's nothing that I'm thinking of.
I'm just thinking about the next game because if you win four, you can
win another four at this club.
"That's the challenge and that's the
standard that we're known for. The gaffer (Sir Alex Ferguson) used to challenge us on them and of course when we've won
four, you can go onto the next four and think about them."
Newcastle's eighth home defeat of the season
moved them to within one reverse of their highest number of PL losses at SJP
in a season: nine in 2012/13.
Also now in peril is the all-time highest number of losses; the eleven
that we recorded in both 1957/58 and 1977/78.
The drought in front of goal shows little sign of ending - Newcastle scoring just seven times in 11 matches at SJP so far. Their lowest seasonal tally in the PL was a measly 21 last season,
which already looks like an abundance of riches this time round with eight
Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:
2018/19 lost 0-2
2017/18 won 1-0 Ritchie
2015/16 drew 3-3 Wijnaldum, Mitrovic(pen), Dummett
2014/15 lost 0-1
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 lost 0-3
2011/12 won 3-0 Ba, Cabaye, og(Jones)
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, og(Brown)
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola, Ferdinand,
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole
may have ended the night goalless and pointless, but there was no disgrace in
defeat for Newcastle, who gave the revitalised Red Devils a run for their unlimited money at
a sold-out St. James' Park on Wednesday.
Just one victory in eight games though leaves the black and whites teetering
on the edge of the bottom three, ahead of a tortuous run of fixtures that
includes meetings with three of the current top four sides.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won his fourth successive league fixture since replacing Jose Mourinho, but the side prepared by Rafa
Benitez provided him with stern opposition for an hour.
And had the Magpies made the most of their chances it could have been a different
story - the lively
Christian Atsu twice squandering early shooting opportunities.
Sadly miracles weren't on the menu and the blows that ultimately consigned
Newcastle to their eighth defeat in eleven home games were both
64 minutes had elapsed when Martin
Dubravka spilt a dipping free kick by Marcus Rashford, allowing Romelu Lukaku
to knock the ball home with his
first touch seconds after arriving from the bench.
The destination of the points was confirmed with ten minutes remaining, when Isaac
Hayden was dispossessed by Paul Pogba deep in the visitors' half; Lukaku and fellow
substitute Sanchez then combining for the unmarked
Rashford to beat Dubravka in the Leazes goal.
It was tough on Rafa's hard-working side, who had enjoyed their best spell
of the game in the second half after
Jonjo Shelvey had replaced the injured Mo Diame.
It may have been a new year, but an all-too familiar Gallowgate fable of
effort but no potency in front of goal was unfolding for the long-suffering
Shelvey's passing had threatened to unlock the opposition defence;
notably one perfectly-weighted through ball that put in Ayoze Perez - only for
him to be forced wide and have his shot blocked.
That had given home fans renewed hope of a second successive home victory over
their foes and the noise levels rose until Lukaku's grand
entrance injected an unwelcome dose of reality.
Salomon Rondon led the line but was poorly served from the flanks and left
feeding on scraps, just failing to punish a Phil Jones backpass in the first half
and then twice unable to reach loose balls in the area later on.
However David de Gea was barely tested throughout the evening, Atsu's most
powerful effort whistling past the post in the second half when the game was
As well as a lack of points, Newcastle's squad looks to have shrunk further;
Fabian Schar replacing the injured Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark missing
again and Ki Sungyeung away with Korea until next month.
Yoshinori Muto will now join him on international duty, while Diame has a
recurrence of his groin problem. Also receiving medical attention during the
game was Schar and DeAndre Yedlin limped through the closing stages before
being treated on the pitch after full time.
On a night when Florian Lejeune made a welcome return to the bench though,
Newcastle enjoyed some good fortune courtesy of "marmite" referee
Andre Marriner, who showed leniency when dealing with dubious challenges made by
both Jamaal Lascelles and Shelvey.
The latter briefly became embroiled with renowned workie ticket Pogba during
the second half amid a suspicion that some verbals were traded, but
thankfully there seemed to be no post-match fallout.
Results elsewhere in the Premier League were unkind again; Burnley winning
at Huddersfield and Southampton drawing at Chelsea, leaving us a slim two points ahead of the 18th-placed Saints.
Our chronic lack of goals is as evident and worrying as the absence of activity to try
and resolve that issue. The transfer window may be open, but the cheque book
certainly isn't, regardless of what slack-jawed nonsense is appearing the
media. Funds may be there, but the manager isn't trusted to spend it;
something that will ultimately see him pack his bags and head elsewhere.
A new year then but no new owners and no new attitude from the owner, who
hasn't attended a game or bought anyone happy hour pizzas for over a month
How sick supporters really are remains to be seen, with the opportunity to
walk away from this phantom football club this month in the form of season
ticket direct debit cancellation.
Quite what value there is in our retaining top flight status this season is
unclear - given that our achieving that last season has done absolutely
nothing other than consign us to doing it all again, with not even a
suggestion of jam tomorrow. Same time in 2020 then?