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Season 2023-24
Manchester United (h) Premier League


Saturday 2nd December 2023, 8pm
Live on TNT Sports

St. James' Park

Conditions: Joyful and triumphant


Manchester United


1 - 0





Half time: Newcastle 0 Manchester United 0

55 mins Kieran Trippier anticipated Onana's kick out towards Alejandro Garnacho and intercepted it ahead of the visiting player just in the Manchester United half. His first time ball forwards reached Alexander Isak and he touched it infield to Bruno, who picked up Trippier's untracked run down the right and played it out to him despite the pleadings of Miggy Almiron who was nearer.

The boyhood Manchester City fan sent over a perfect first-time centre that Almiron unsuccessfully stretched for in the centre of the Leazes goal but was into the path of Anthony Gordon, who snuck in behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka and passed the ball into the net right footed from four yards out. 1-0

Full time: Newcastle 1 Manchester United 0

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"It was a brilliant performance from the players and up there with the best we've played for a long time. We were really dominant; we were really good with the ball, attacked really well and the only disappointment was that we didn't score earlier and didn't score again.

The players have responded again. What a response to that late goal in Paris. It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves.

"I couldn't be happier with the players tonight - the performances we put in against three top teams were brilliant, so that will give us confidence. Then, when we get some players back, we can push on even further.

"The players we have fit have really stood up and grown with the three games (in eight days). We've grown as a team - some of the relationships are starting to form and I thought the left side was really strong today.

On Gordon:

"From day one, when he arrived at the club, you could see the passion he had and his desire to achieve and be successful. He puts the work in every day and sometimes we have to go and get him off the training pitch.

"He was very good again up against a very good defender today in Wan-Bissaka. Physically he was so good today, it was a really good battle between the two of them. I am delighted he is scoring the goals now and getting the recognition he deserves."

On Livramento:

"He showed his technical quality, his athleticism, his ability to attack and although it's maybe not his favoured side you maybe wouldn't have known that from today. He and Anthony (Gordon) linked well and gave good balance to the team."

On Pope:

"It looks like hes dislocated his shoulder. Such a strange thing really because hed have made that dive thousands of times. It just looks like the arms kept going on the moist floor and his shoulder has come out of joint. Were going to have to seek a specialist opinion and see what happens but it doesn't look good for him.

"It will be a massive blow for us if he is ruled out for any length of time. It looked really innocuous, but that is usually the way and they are normally the more serious ones. 

"Martin Dubravka came on in a tricky situation with 10 minutes to go with a narrow lead, which is not nice for any goalkeeper, so I have to compliment him for doing so well.

"Positive signs from Martin are that he was outstanding on his last start in the cup
(a month ago at Old Trafford in the Carabai Cup) and has performed really well for his country as they qualified for the Euros. I think he's in a really good place."

On the latest effort from Wor Flags:

"I didn't even know they were my words you know?! That's nice! 

"I did see the flag before the game and that was much appreciated. This is the way we want to play the game. We want to make the game: today we did."

They Said


The Only Fools and Horses Christmas special doesn't look great


Erik ten Hag:

"When you have so many games in a short period you can have less good performances.

"We had a tough first half. We said at half-time, we are pleased to be at 0-0 and have to stay in the game.
We had a good comeback in the last part of the game, that's the fight we have to show.

We have to give credit to Newcastle. They played better than us tonight. We started well, we had a good chance by
(Alejandro) Garnacho but then, for a long period, Newcastle had the better performance than us. 

"We went down 1-0 but, to be fair, by the end of the game, we came back and had some good opportunities.
(Sergio) Reguilon had a good chance, then the offside goal, so we fought back but we have to do this for the whole game
. But, overall, Newcastle deserved to win.

"I think they put out a good team. Its probably one of the strongest teams they have, but, in the end, they didnt have the subs we have. We brought some energy in and that had a good effect on the game.

"We stick together, we keep to the plan. This team is resilient. We've seen it after
(Manchester) City, we had a bad defeat but then we kept together, stuck to the plan and kept going."


Newcastle won back to back games against Manchester United for the very first time in the Premier League - one has to go back to 1972 to find the last time they did so in the Football League, when a 2-0 success at Old Trafford was followed by a 2-1 victory on Tyneside the following season.

We were last able to celebrate three consecutive victories in all competitions against these lot in 1922; a 6-3 conquest at SJP on the first day of 1921, a 3-0 win there on the last day of that year and a single goal away success a fortnight after that - all three games in Division One.  

A third successive win and clean sheet against the Red Devils meanwhile is something Newcastle haven't achieved since 1897 (2-0 home in January, 2-0 home in October, 1-0 away in November). The opposition were still known as Newton Heath at that time.  

Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:

2023/24 won 1-0 Gordon
won 2-0 Willock, Wilson
2021/22 drew 1-1 Saint-Maximin
2020/21 lost 1-4 og(Shaw)
2019/20 won 1-0 M.Longstaff
2018/19 lost 0-2
2017/18 won 1-0 Ritchie
2015/16 drew 3-3 Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, 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, Shearer, Albert
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

Full record against Manchester United:

  P W D L F A
SJP 84 34 19 31 148 128
OT 83 10 22 51 88 188
League 167 44 41 82 236 316
SJP(FA) 1 0 0 1 2 3
OT/W/MS 3 0 0 3 1 7
SJP(LC) 1 1 0 0 2 0
OT/W 4 1 0 3 6 11
Cup 9 2 0 7 11 21
OT/W(CS) 2 0 0 2 2 8
Tot 176 46 41 89 247 337

Anthony Gordon netted his sixth Premier League goal of the season, moving to within one of joint top scorers Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson. His tally of seven PL goals takes him one ahead of Sean Longstaff and level with Matt Ritchie.

Gordon has now scored in each of his last four PL home games - the first Magpie to do so in that competition since Joe Willock in April/May 2021. That sequence encompassed five games as the scorer was absent for one: Yoan Gouffran was the most recent Newcastle player to net four times across four successive PL fixtures at SJP, back in November/December 2013 - he did it in five. The 2016/17 season meanwhile saw Matt Ritchie manage four in four at SJP in the Championship.    

21 points
from their opening eight home PL fixture is Newcastle's most productive start since the 2002/03 campaign. Their best start is 1995/96's full house of 24 points from eight games at SJP.

PL home wins so far already exceeds the total that the Magpies managed in four entire seasons; five in 2008/09; six in 2010/11, 2019/20 and 2020/21. 

The Magpies have now scored in each of their first seven PL home games, the first time they've managed that since the 2008/09 season.

Kieran Trippier and Jamaal Lascelles remain one PL booking away from an automatic one game ban.

A second successive win this season for Martin Dubravka in our colours, both coming against the team he spent part of last season on loan at.

Spider Cam update - at last an aye in the sky!: 

2019/20 Manchester United (a) lost 1-4
2020/21 Liverpool (h) drew 0-0
2022/23 Liverpool (h) lost 0-2
2022/23 Manchester United (n) lost 0-2
2022/23 Arsenal (h) lost 0-2
2023/24 Borussia Dortmund (a) lost 0-2
2023/24 Manchester United (h) won 1-0


A 55th minute effort from Anthony Gordon deservedly gave Newcastle their sixth successive Premier League home victory on Saturday night, ending an epic week on a high note.

An undiminished sick list saw the same line-up that disposed of Chelsea before being controversially held in Paris stylishly set about the Red Devils from the off, but they had only Gordon's finish from Kieran Trippier's cross to show for their dominance.

One fan labelled it a "1-0 annihilation" afterwards, while others mused over how awful the enforced coach trip over the M62 for the visiting side after their flight was cancelled must have been. Judging by the pedestrian showing of Marcus Rashford he must have walked here....

Trippier had come closest to opening the scoring late in the first half with a free kick from a similar distance to Raheem Sterling's effort for Chelsea in the last home game, but rattled the Gallowgate goal frame with comedic custodian Onana rooted to the spot.

Winning the toss, Erik ten Hag's side chose to attack the Leazes End in the first half but then barely bothered to do so - former Magpies boss Steve McClaren on the away bench perhaps gambling that Newcastle would tire later playing up the slope with a lack of game changers on the bench. 

It's fair to say that plan backfired entirely; at times the approach play from the hosts was a joy to watch against the gutless and uncommitted visitors. It's vital to stress the levels Newcastle found when playing here and credit them for it, rather than just highlighting the opposition's inadequacy.

The faintest sliver of doubt had begun to creep in by time we did go ahead though. Up until that point just three of our 16 shots were on target and for all our delightful work, Onana had been in greater peril from his team mates than the efforts of home players.

The meeting of these two sides were in March 1996 inevitably came to mind; Newcastle turned round by the coin toss as per today and unable to turn possession and threat into goals in the opening 45. 

There was even a blockbuster free kick  in the style of Philippe Albert's that night - although our thoughts were solidly on Yohan Cabaye's successful effort against these lot here at the same end when Trippier was lining up. 

Where Schmeichel was an imperious one man barrier to our ambitions that day though, his 2023 counterpart was nothing of the sort and mostly in the bystander category before conceding.

A straw poll revealed a clutch of worthy man of the match candidates; Bruno benefiting from a more advanced role and both full backs excelling - Trippier revitalised and Livramento superb despite making only his second PL start for us and playing on the "wrong" side.

And in addition to some glimpses of the unplayable Joelinton and logic-defyingly athletic shifts from the two centre halves, an excellent display from Lewis Miley that belied the fact that he'll only turn 18 in the final weeks of this season. Christ knows where they all got the energy from.  

It wasn't all plain sailing however; Newcastle's injury woes continued when goalkeeper Nick Pope was led from the field late on with a shoulder problem after landing awkwardly to block a shot that never actually reached him thanks to Fabian Schar's intervention.

That changed the mood inside the stadium and gave the visitors renewed hope of what would have been an unlikely smash and grab raid, thoughts inevitably turning to the farcical finale in Paris.

Pope's replacement Martin Dubravka was unable to prevent Antony from netting in the final seconds of normal time, but the away side's celebrations were instantly cut short by a raised flag - the substitute's goal bound effort hitting an offside Harry Maguire. 

That was the only real moment of peril in almost 10 minutes of time added on, before the final whistle confirmed a third successive win and clean sheet of 2023 over the Red Devils. After decades of being habitually turned over by this lot in our supporting lives, it's a red letter year never mind a day.... 

The Wor Flags banner unfurled referenced Eddie Howe's dressing room comment ahead of April's home win over this lot as relayed on the Amazon documentary - minus his profanity.

If the dividend from our cup final defeat at their hands in February was to motivate the manager and players to the levels shown again here when facing these lot, it was a price worth paying. 

Ending the day in fifth, Newcastle then dropped down to sixth on Sunday as a result of the point collected by Spurs from their 3-3 draw at Manchester City. 


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