Joao Cancelo found Phil Foden down the left and he played in Silva inside the box.
Valentino Lazaro failed to go with Silva and the Spaniard had plenty of time
to pull the ball back for Gabriel Jesus to side-foot past Martin Dubravka. In the absence
of any fans, Newcastle's defence played the role of spectators....0-1
Lazaro tried to keep the
ball in but simply presented it to the home side who took no time in
replicating the opening goal. This time it was Kevin De Bruyne who pulled
the ball back for Riyad Mahrez to sweep home.
Half time: Citizens 2 Magpies
Jesus jinked into the box
and just when he seemed certain to score, Matt Ritchie nipped the ball off
his toe only for it to deflect of Fernandez into the net. Ritchie's
clearance was going out for a corner so the own goal belongs to the
65 mins Joelinton fouled Raheem
Sterling on the edge of the area and David Silva slotted in a textbook free
kick, although the visirting and goalkeeper had seemingly lost their
textbook, giving Silva almost an open goal.
No wonder he was in a hurry to take it.
Bentaleb passed the ball
straight to Silva in central midfield and he sauntered into the United box before laying the ball to Raheem Sterling, who stroked it past Dubravka into the far corner.
Full time: Citizens 5 Magpies 0
"We've not got our flip flops on. We were down to the
bare bones, but despite that I expect us to be better and I demand
we are better for the remaining games.
"It was painful, I'm afraid, especially after where we have
been, but I think the whole thing has obviously caught up with us
and we haven't done enough.
"They're very, very good, we know that.
"Since the lockdown, they've turned the champions over and to play
them twice in a week has been difficult.
"They were, on the day, just too good for us. Unfortunately
today, we were nowhere near the level which we had to get to if you
are going to take anything from here.
"We are disappointed but I have to say they were far too good for
us. We have got to be brutally honest and say we did not do enough
to lay a glove on them.
"We knew we were up against it. We can’t be without six or
seven of our better players, especially when you come to a place
like this, but I don’t want to use that as the excuse.
"We have to be better than that. It was too easy for them from
the first whistle to the last. If we play like that here we are
going to get beaten and we were.
"They were far too good for us in all departments but the
manner of it upsets me greatly. I wanted us to put on more of a show
than we did.”
Pep Guardiola said:
"We played really good all the games but
unfortunately dropped points. In general the way we are playing and the
performances are really good.
"It was another good performance and today, we scored the goals that we
missed in the last game. We created more chances in the game against
Southampton, but we could not convert.
But the team is always there. At Southampton I had no doubts about the
way we played but this game is about winning.
“Now we have four weeks to finish second, score a lot of goals. We want
to score goals, respect the football and prepare well for Arsenal and
”We miss the fans a lot. It is not the same. When the virus is weaker
and it is safer to come back, we will see together.”
About David Silva:
“It is not the game today – which was incredible – but what he has done
over 10 years.
“When the people come back to the Etihad Stadium we will do a farewell
game for one of the legends of this club.
“He is maybe the best in the small spaces. Moving between the lines I
have never seen anyone like him.
“He has come back from lockdown in incredible form and rhythm. If he
decides to play on he can play anywhere – there is no doubt about this.”
Magpies @ Etihad:
2019/20 Lost 0-5
2018/19 Lost 1-2 Yedlin
2017/18 Lost 1-3 Murphy
2015/16 Lost 1-6 Mitrovic
2014/15 Lost 0-5
2014/15 Won 2-0 Aarons, Sissoko (LC)
2013/14 Lost 0-4
2012/13 Lost 0-4
2011/12 Lost 1-3 Gosling
2010/11 Lost 1-2 Gutierrez
2008/09 Lost 1-2 Carroll
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Martins
2006/07 Drew 0-0
2005/06 Lost 0-3
2004/05 Drew 1-1 Shearer
2003/04 Lost 0-1
Despite the gulf in quality between the two sides, this was City's
first PL victory over the Magpies in three attempts, following a 2-2
draw at SJP in November and a 2-1 home win to the black and whites
in January 2019.
Newcastle suffered their second 0-5 loss of the season following
similar punishment at Leicester City in September. United were 0-1
behind at the interval that day, but reduced to ten men from the
There was a first senior selection for 19 year-old midfielder Jack
Young, who wore the number 60 shirt but remained unused on the bench
alongside fellow U23 regular Tom Allan.
The latter made his senior bow in the FA Cup against Rochdale in
January and was among the unused subs at Everton in the PL later
Federico Fernandez registered United's second OG of the
season in the Premier League, following on from Paul Dummett away at
Wednesday saw Newcastle beaten for the first time in the league since football returned; although annihilated would probably
be more accurate.
United arrived unbeaten in six league outings, while City
had scored 14 times without reply in winning their previous
quartet of home games.
By the time of the first drinks break though, that goal tally
had reached 16 and another victory for the hosts was already
secured as our run lay in ruins.
The Magpies held out for less than ten minutes before Gabriel
Jesus fired home after Phil Foden pulled the ball back from the left
side of the area.
And when Riyad Mahrez supplied an identical finish 11 minutes
later from Kevin De Bruyne's threaded pass, a mauling started to
look on the cards.
Clad in their green change kit, the visitors survived until the 58th
minute before conceding a third; Matt Ritchie whipping the ball off
the toe of Jesus in the box - only for it to deflect off Federico
Fernandez and into the net.
Joelinton fouled Raheem Sterling on the edge of the area and
David Silva slotted in a textbook free kick on 65 minutes, before
the rout was completed in added time; Sterling tapping home to make
it 0-5 and equal the heaviest loss of Steve Bruce's St. James' Park managerial
The Magpies boss must have been relieved though to have escaped the
margin of defeat that his side's pathetic display deserved.
In the shadow of the National Velodrome, United back-pedalled their
way through the entire game - changing personnel and formation
managing to be even less of a threat than in the last meeting of the
sides ten days ago.
Bidding to avoid their eleventh successive league reverse on this
ground, United were without Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Florian
Lejeune, Ciaran Clark, Andy Carroll, Jamaal Lascelles and Allan
Other players were rotated, leaving just three of the starting XI
beaten by City in the FA Cup: Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar and
An apparent 4-4-2 formation saw Emil Krafth partner Fernandez in
central defence flanked by Rose and DeAndre Yedlin.
Matt Ritchie and Valentino Lazaro occupied the wide midfield areas
with Schar and Nabil Bentaleb inside - and Joelinton and Jonjo
Shelvey apparently in front.
To say it didn't work is hardly a shock given the outcome, but our
perpetual sloppiness and discomfort in possession meant we were were
barely chasing shadows.
On a night when nobody emerged with credit (although Danny Rose at
least tried to put his foot in), Bentaleb's contribution was
particularly skittish as his audition for Hayden's role went
disastrously wrong. Unable or unwilling to tackle, his distribution was
shocking, repeatedly initiated City attacks.
It's tempting to say that preventing Toon fans from attending was a
blessing, but the alternative sadly was enduring the sycophantic
garbage and rewriting of history from BT pundits - echoing their Sky and
Slackjaws may routinely spout twaddle in the away end, but
that's preferable to the pro-Bruce rhetoric now being peddled to the
nation via the airwaves.
He's doing a "fantastic" and "amazing" job apparently - despite the
complete mess the unfolded here. The ineptitude that has
characterised our season was apparently a mirage; it's all
great, Geordie boys etc.
In reality, for much of the season we've been looking over our
collective shoulders; the threat of relegation real, ahead of what
turned out to be our final pre-lockdown game at Southampton. Hardly
worthy of the sort of superlatives that are routinely chucked
We speculated afterwards whether Saint-Maximin's winner at St.
Mary's would be celebrated in the manner of David Kelly against
Pompey in 1992: the significance of the strike vastly outweighing
the actual quality of it.
From there to here we have improved: Bruce has done better than
anticipated with this side and it wasn't as bad as we'd feared when we
went week after week without ever looking like scoring a goal.
We fulfilled this fixture, but achieved absolutely nothing else.
Under-strength and under-par; we were a passive side tonight, not a
Different players, different formation, but the same outcome - an
inaction replay of the Cup defeat, during which we somehow did even
less in front of goal (one soft Fernandez header from a free kick at
Better Newcastle sides have been torn apart here in previous
seasons, but the quality of City is such that we didn't need to
contribute to our own downfall by the startling lack of care shown
on this occasion.
Injuries? Undoubtedly. Hectic schedule? Definitely. The seeds of
this defeat were sown before the first whistle though. Quite simply
anyone would have beaten us.
Our best guess is that having mathematically secured our status last
weekend, we're now collectively dreaming of air bridges and sunbeds.
That's surely illogical though given the uncertain futures that many
of those on show tonight face, regardless of who manages or owns us
This wasn't a match, it was a mismatch. There's nothing fantastic or
amazing about that. Avoiding relegation is acceptable, no more.
At any other club it would be seen as a stepping stone to something
more tangible, but here we're expected to be grateful and hope for
more of the same next time round.