Manchester City (h) Premier League
Half time: United 0 City 1
Full time: United 0 City 2
"I'm as pleased as I can be with a 2-0 defeat.
"It was frustrating for us because in the second half we really pushed on up and put some younger players on, who were a bit naive at times but who threatened with their pace.
"It was a shame we couldn't get the equaliser - I feel that if we could have got that then we could have gone on to win it because we looked like we had more legs in the team.
"We were brave, we went for it but we pushed and you know with their quality they can get that second goal. We have goals in the squad.
"We were a bit unfortunate today not to get something from the game but it was a real solid performance from the team against real quality. In the end, the quality just won.
"All the players were solid and Remy (Cabella) gave us some moments around the box that we haven't had for a long time. There were a couple of times when we broke down today and perhaps rushed it, with people not understanding Manu's (Riviere) runs, but that will come.
"We just didnít get a break, or a moment that goes in. Moussa (Sissoko) and (Ayoze) Perez there at the end at one nil, they were big moments.
It was a great bit of play from Cabella (for the Perez chance) and that is what he can do. He was a bit hit and miss at times today but when he has a hot day, he is going to create a lot of goals for us.
"I was pleased with a lot of the aspects of today's game - the defence was solid and the crowd were magnificent .....we've got a much bigger squad and we have some nice options.
"Thereís a lot of things about the players I donít know in terms of the new ones and what Iím going to get when we have a setback.
"I was pleased, when we conceded the first goal, our reaction after half-time was terrific. Those things, I have to learn about the new players, they have to learn about me and how I work, so all of that takes time.
"There are many, many quotes from many, many Premier League managers about players needing to settle a bit in the Premier League, and we have got to introduce a lot of new players. That has to be taken a little bit into consideration in these first 10 games.
"I still think we are going to be a good side this year - I donít think itís a setback. I honestly feel we have come up against individuals today who we are not going to see every week.
"There were a lot of things about our performance today which bode well for the other 37 games we have got coming up.Ē
ďItís aways important to start the season winning and we concentrated very well, we were well organised and we kept a clean sheet. I didnít feel Newcastle had clear chances to score until the last few minutes of the game. Our quality of concentration in defending was very high.
ďFor me Edin (Dzeko) was the best
player of the game. He won a lot of aerial duels, heís a very good team
player. Itís not strange for me to see him play like that. He finished last
season playing very well. He has grown. Iím very happy for him Ė and thatís
why heís renewing his contract.
ďI donít have any problem with Alan (Pardew). It was a mistake he made and he apologised (for swearing at him in the corresponding game here in January). He had a lot of problems last season Ė it wasnít just me.Ē
A new-look Newcastle side gave their all on Sunday, but lost out to the reigning Champions by a two goal margin for the sixth successive time on home territory.
The manner of this latest defeat by City however gave rise to some optimism, all six debutants making promising starts and contributing to a display several levels above the dross endured on Tyneside late last season.
While some plaudits came the way of Alan Pardew's team for their passing, movement and general approach work though, the visitors conjured up a clinical finish in each half to outwit Tim Krul and claim all three points.
Neither of the two World Cup 'keepers on show had a busy afternoon, but while the United stopper made two decent first half blocks, the shampoo-related insults hurled at Joe Hart by home fans hit their target with better accuracy than anyone clad in our new black and white kit.
An emotional day at SJP saw tributes paid to John Alder and Liam Sweeney before kick off, with both team captains joining members of the victims' families to lay wreaths in the centre circle.
Ex-Sunderland goalkeeper (and Magpies coach) Jimmy Montgomery was joined by fundraising founder Gary Ferguson to represent SAFC, with a minute's silence immaculately observed by all present.
Six of the side beaten at Anfield remained on the team sheet - messrs Krul, Coloccini, Williamson, Sissoko, Anita and Gouffran - Paul Dummett preferred at left back to Massadio Haidara and available for selection after his red card against Liverpool back in May was rescinded.
Vurnon Anita deputised for the unavailable Cheick Tiote in the holding role, Daryl Janmaat slotted in at right back and Remy Cabella and Jack Colback made their bows in a midfield four with Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran flanking them.
That left former Monaco player Emmanuel Riviere to lead the line and within six minutes he'd learnt his first lesson in English football, crumbling under an unflinching block from a defender but appealing in vain for a free kick.
Cabella then had his and United's first attempt on goal after 16 minutes, trying a cheeky lob from the edge of the box that dropped narrowly over the Leazes crossbar. That came shortly before applause rang out in tribute to the two fallen supporters - exactly a month after the MH17 air disaster.
The vital breakthrough for City came on 38 minutes, when Edin Dzeko brilliantly teed up David Silva to tuck the ball under Krul and into the Gallowgate End net.
Both home players and crowd redoubled their efforts following the break and
United began to build up some momentum, Colback's corner falling to Gouffran at
the back post but his attempted shot and pass both blocked.
Also appearing was Ayoze Perez and the Spanish forward almost conjured up a sensational start to his Newcastle career, dashing forward after Williamson's clearance was knocked on by Cabella and turning Demichelis on the edge of the six yard box to create a shooting chance.
Agonisingly for Ayoze though, as he looked to curl home a right footed shot, City debutant Fernando arrived to get a slight but vital touch on the ball, his outstretched leg sending it spinning beyond Hart and just past the far post.
One further chance was fashioned by the lively Cabella (who supplied the hoped-for creativity but was guilty of over-elaboration at times) when he played a neat 1-2 with Perez and pulled the ball back from the left byline.
Colback was initially closer to that pass but got out of the way as Sissoko took aim from the edge of the box. Sadly the French international failed to emulate his low, controlled conversion against Real Sociedad last week, blasting the ball over the crossbar.
There was to be a sting in the tale though, as Sergio Aguero replicated his opening day strike of last season against us, the substitute running on to Yaya Toure's through ball and shrugging off Coloccini before trying to beat Krul at his near post with a left-footed effort.
The Dutchman was equal to that strike, but could only parry the ball back to Aguero, who calmly scooped home the rebound with his right foot - a virtual re-run of Alvaro Negredo's goal here for City in added time last season.
Despite the pointless and goalless return though (it's now just one goal in 11 hours against this lot), the feelgood factor persisted after full time and the beaten Newcastle players were applauded off for their obvious efforts.
The contrast from the 3-0 home win over Cardiff three months ago was immense: the manager able to occupy his technical area without being shouted back into the dugout, the owner (present today) and his company escaping without abuse, and no mention of Ben Arfa.
The defeat leaves United as the only side to have lost by more than one goal
in the first round of fixtures with Burnley still to host Chelsea on Monday
Whether the introduction of De Jong improves that is a question yet to answered, while forgotten man Papiss Cisse could yet prosper from playing with a team who provide the service he has so often lacked.
The level of effort put into landing a so-called "marquee" striker in the next two weeks may give a measure of what genuine ambition lies in the club - and whether we're serious about a top six spot, or merely content to linger in mid-table, bank the cash and act as a lucrative launching pad for more ambitious players.