Date: Sunday 8th May 2022, 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: Etihad Stadium
5 - 0
19 mins Ilkay Gundogan floated a cross from the City left towards
the far post at the south end of the stadium, where Joao Cancelo headed it
back across the six-yard box. Dropping over the leaping Dan Burn, the ball
fell nicely for Raheem Sterling to nod in. 0-1
38 mins Kevin De Bruyne's corner fell
to Gundogan 18 yards out and he tested Martin Dubravka with a low drive. The
goalkeeper blocked that effort, but couldn't prevent Aymeric Laporte ramming
home the rebound. 0-2
Half time: Citizens
2 Magpies 0
61 mins Another flag kick from De
Bruyne was dropped into the near post area and Rodri found space to head in
unchallenged from close range.
90 mins Jack Grealish evaded Kieran
Trippier on the City right and his ball infield to Oleksandr Zinchenko
tempted the Ukrainian into an instant shot - Phil Foden intervening to
reroute the ball past Dubravka.
90+3 mins Grealish and Foden combined
for the former to tee up Sterling for a fine finish, firing into the far
side of the goal from the right of the box.
Full time: Citizens
5 Magpies 0
Eddie Howe - managerial stats v City = played 12, lost 12 - said:
"Whenever you come here you know you are going to concede
chances, you just hope they have an off day when it comes to their
"You hope you will get chances the other way and unfortunately we
have not taken them. So it is a mix of things that has gone against
"We had the first big chance in the game, we didnít take it and the
scoreline looks harsh, but Manchester City will probably have a
different view on it.
"City can do that to anybody, they're that good. The crowd were very
good for them as well, it was a good atmosphere.
"Individually we didn't get the details right today, we lost a runner
for the first goal and conceded from two set plays which, when you think of
all the ways they can score against you, that's a no-go.
"There's a huge gap between us and City or Liverpool, but I'd say
there's the same gap between most clubs in the Premier League.
"Whenever you come here, you know you are going to concede chances. We
had the first big chance of the game, unfortunately we did not take it.
"Joe (Willock) has had a knee problem for a couple of months. We felt
it was gone but it came back against Liverpool last week, so it looks like
his season is over.
"Jonjo (Shelvey) has a calf injury, which is quite similar to the one
he had at the start of this season, so it looks like both players are out
for the season.
"I think every summer Iíve been in management, Iíve had to make difficult
decisions at the end of the season. Players that you love and have a great
relationship with, sometimes have to leave for the benefit of the team.
"This season will be no different. Iím sure thereíll be players that
will move on, who have represented the club in a brilliant way. Those
decisions can wait until the end of the season. For me now, itís about
making judgements and assessments on everybody Iím working with.
"The training ground is a hugely important place for me, so Iím making
judgements there, and then of course on days like today, Iím making
judgements on playersí futures, based on what I see. I think thatís
On City's Cancelo:
"Heís one of the best full-backs in the world, playing in one of the best
teams in the world. City are always interchanging and giving you problems in
different areas, that happened all game and itís why they are what they are.
"First half we struggled in the wide areas, but Iím reluctant to be
too hard on my team at the moment."
On returning duo Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson:
"I thought they showed what they can give us when they came on. Kieran
immediately put two or three brilliant crosses into the box, real quality
from the wide areas, and Callum had his one v one and his chance from
Maxiís. I thought he looked bright as well.
"They actually contributed to probably our best spell in the game
immediately when they came onto the pitch. Massive boost for everyone
connected to Newcastle to see them back.
"They are two huge players for us and we have missed them, albeit the
players in their absence stepped up fantastically well and I have to
compliment the full squad in that. Yeah, great to have them both back."
Back in black....& white
"I am very pleased - perfect afternoon. Before the start of the game
I felt in our crowd that they were disappointed, but not sad about
who we are as a team and what we have done in the last five years
every three days.
"Three more points. Three games left and one competition to play and
big problems behind because we have just three defenders for these three
"We are going to try and do it. Now after what happened with Liverpool
and with us today, Wednesday became a final. It is an absolute final and I
am pretty sure we will prepare well to try and beat them.
"Sometimes I say to the players you have to play good to lift the fans to
let the opponent know here is not a nice place to come.
"Today we didnít need to do that. That means, because the people are
not stupid, they know these guys do it every three days for five years like
"They deserve it. They are one of the best groups I have ever had in
my life as a manager, even as a player.
"It is an important three points after Liverpool and Tottenham, but
anything can happen in football. If it can happen in 56 seconds in Madrid it
can happen in three games.
"Ruben (Dias), Kyle (Walker) and John (Stones) are out
until the end of the season. Next season they will be ready. In this
situation it is not a problem. If Rodri has to play in that position it is
not a problem, or if itís someone from the academy.
"We have 13 players available for these players, even with the
academy. When we do that everyone has to do more. It is not a problem.
Thatís what we did second half. Fernandinho played good against (Callum)
"Thatís what we have to do."
This was United's 17th Etihad PL visit and they have
lost 15 of them, with the other two ending in draws. Their sole success came
in a League Cup tie.
Eddie Howe's side failed to halt the sequence of 13 league losses
since a 0-0 draw here in November 2006, with the last Newcastle goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet
(Steve Harper) doing so that day.
City have netted at least once in all 27 subsequent home and away
meetings in this competition.
It's now 330 minutes since the Magpies last scored here, when
DeAndre Yedlin netted in September 2018. That's marginally longer than
our current 320 minute barren run at Stamford Bridge, but pales
into insignificance when compared to the 567 minutes and counting
that we've waited for an away goal at the Emirates.
The last time Newcastle lost by five goals was at Manchester City
in July 2020 - after the delayed 2019/20 season recommenced. Since then
they've conceded five goals in a game but scored themselves (2-5 at
Leeds in December 2020 and 1-5 at Spurs in April 2022) until today.
Manchester City became the fourth side to complete a PL double
over Newcastle this season, following on from Spurs, Chelsea and
Were Arsenal to join them next week, that would make a full house of the
current top five in the league not dropping points against us.
In 22 seasons of facing us in the Premier League, City have done
the double over Newcastle on nine occasions. Newcastle's last
maximum point season over them came in the Second Division in 1983/84
- one has to go back to 1955/56 to find the last top-flight
Magpie double over the Citizens.
Magpies @ Etihad:
2021/22 Lost 0-5,
who has trained alongside the seniors recently and netted for the
U23s last week with Eddie Howe looking on.
2020/21 Lost 0-2
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
Travelling with the matchday squad but not included on the bench was
18 year-old attacker Jay Turner-Cooke
Following defeat to second-placed Liverpool that was rather more emphatic
than a 0-1 scoreline may suggest, the margin of Newcastle's loss to a
Manchester City side closing in on the title slightly flattered the hosts.
We've been here before though of course - an entirely predictable Sunday
afternoon at the Etihad Stadium ended with Newcastle on the wrong end of
their heaviest defeat since visiting the same venue in 2020.
COVID-inspired ground closures meant that Toon followers endured that 0-5
loss via TV, but a sold-out 3,000 away section were here today as City took
up where they left off when winning 0-4 at Gallowgate six months ago.
The opening exchanges suggested that Pep Guardiola's side may just have a
hint of a hangover from their midweek Champions League semi-final loss to
Real Madrid - prompting something of a back-handed compliment from home fans
singing "where were you when you were sh*t?"
Newcastle made and missed the first clear chance on eight minutes, but Chris
Wood headed meekly into the arms of Ederson with the equally unmarked
Joelinton lurking behind, and possibly even better-placed.
Sadly City became more expansive and went ahead on 19 minutes when Raheem
Sterling headed in from close range and normal service unfortunately seemed
to be restored here.
That wasn't quite the end of it from a Magpie perspective though; the ball
ending up in the City net via Wood following a 24th minute corner, only for
Bruno to be correctly deemed offside.
City doubled their lead seven minutes before the interval when Martin
Dubravka was unable to gather Ilkay Gundogan's shot and Aymeric Laporte
smashed it into the net.
A 0-2 half time deficit made a comeback unlikely rather than impossible,
although a needless booking for Bruno diminished the effectiveness of a
midfield already shorn of injured duo Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Willock.
It was game over long before City made it three through Rodri
from Man of the match Kevin de Bruyne's corner
just after the hour though; extended sequences of keep ball
The home support upped the noise levels at that point; "championees" ringing
around the stadium as City took the chance offered to them by Liverpool
dropping points the night before to pull clear at the top of the table.
That was also the signal for Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier to appear
from the bench following their absences due to injury.
Still United's top scorer despite missing our last 16 Premier League games,
Wilson could have marked his return with a goal, but was unable to finish
either of two opportunities.
His arrival and Trippier's though almost immediately made the side look more
mobile and threatening than with Wood at the business end - and it's worth
mentioning that this was the first time Wilson has shared a pitch with any
of our mid-season acquisitions, having limped out of the action in December.
A consolation goal proved to be beyond us though and the relentless passing
game of City brought further late dividends.
Close range strikes from Phil Foden and Sterling added some gloss to the
final score as the hosts belatedly took the
opportunity to boost what could still be a vital goal
However this was as systematic a dismantling as you'll find: a genuine gulf
in class evident in the meeting of Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia-funded clubs.
As was the case against Liverpool a week earlier, there was no shock or
disgrace in losing to prestigious opposition - but again a feeling of
individual opportunities missed to put in real landmark displays. Despite
the lack of points-related pressure, we didn't quite put our best feet
forward - hopefully there's something left in the tank to have a good go at
Exiting the Gents in the away end post-match, a slightly inebriated chap
announced to nobody in particular that we were "a million miles away" from
competing with the team that had just crushed us.
That phrase had come to prominence about this time back in 2008, when an
exasperated Kevin Keegan responded to seeing his Newcastle side beaten 2-0
by Chelsea with that soundbite, challenging Mike Ashley to bankroll him if
he had realistic aspirations of improving on the twelfth spot they held
KK's comments that day would ultimately result in his exit from the club and
a later court action against them - but 14 years later, the current owner
and manager are united in their ambitions at taking the club forward.
That's reflected in social media content from the owners and highlighted in
post-match quotes from Howe here; underlining that significant and overdue
alterations to the squad are imminent. That may have been crystallised
today, with the cull extending far beyond the likes of Hendrick and Clark
following a first-hand reminder of what we are really up against at the
After the giddiness of recent weeks, successive defeats against the current
top two may have injected some reality to the situation we are in, trying to
right the sizeable wrongs of the previous regime.
Given the plight we were in at the turn of the year, a mid table finish this
season is a massive improvement, but pushing on to the summit without making
base camp in the top half is unrealistic.
Back to Keegan's comments in 2008, he also
spoke about trying to win what he called "the second league in the
Premiership" by finishing behind what at the time were the big four. For
2008 read 2023.