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Season 2022-23
Manchester United (h) Premier League


Sunday 2nd April 2023, 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park

Conditions: High



 Manchester United


2 - 0





Half time: Magpies 0 Red Devils 0

He stoops to conquer

65 mins Alexander Isak's pressure on David de Gea brought a throw in that was moved across the pitch by Jacob Murphy and Isak before Bruno Guimaraes centred from the right side of the box towards the back post. ASM acrobatically headed the ball back across goal and Joe Willock supplied the finish, stooping to nod home from a yard out in front of the Gallowgate End. 1-0

88 mins After Sean Longstaff was clumsily upended out by the right hand touchline, Kieran Trippier sent over a free kick from near the corner flag Callum Wilson to rise unchecked and bury a header into the Gallowgate goal and send SJP into orbit. 2-0

Full time: Magpies 2 Red Devils 0

We Said

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Eddie Howe said:

"Really good feeling -  I thought we fully deserved the win. Really good performance from the team.

"I felt we prepared really well. What I mean by that is how well the players have trained during the international break, been really pleased with what they’ve delivered.

"When you see that behind the scenes you hope for a performance that matches what the players have given and I thought we got that today.

"We had to be patient, we created a number of chances we didn’t take but delighted with the two we did get.

"I know a lot of people will make a lot out of (the final). It wasn’t on our mind today. It was about winning the game that we needed to win in the league.

The very short-term focus was on today. We’ve got three games in six days so the turnaround is very quick, and we wanted a positive start to that week.

"All credit to the players for what they’ve given because that was a high-energy game. The physical outputs will be huge, so we have to recover for another tough one at West Ham.

"There are still a lot of games to come even though it is April. We have three games in six days this coming week so we know we really have to focus on Wednesday

"It was an important win and mostly it was a really good performance from the players. It was really high-energy, high-quality and a lot of chances created.

"We kept knocking on the door. (That is a) tribute to our fitness levels today. In my opinion, we got stronger in the game, even though we were giving so much to it. Our substitutes made a big difference too."

On Erik ten Hag's accusations of time-wasting:

"I’m pleased you brought that up, actually. I want to make one thing very clear – we want the ball in play. We play a quick game.

"I don’t get where this time-wasting nonsense has come from. It’s not us. You saw today. We wanted the ball back in play as quickly as possible. High energy, high tempo. Ball in play.

"If something’s not accurate, naturally you want to put the right points across. As I said, we want the ball in play. That’s the type of team we are.”

On Allan Saint-Maximin: 

"I thought his performance was very good. He deserved to keep his place, in my opinion.

"He’d been struggling with a hamstring injury - during the Wolves and Nottingham Forest games I didn’t think he was at his physical best. 

"But in the way that he’d trained during the week, I thought he deserved to start, and he continued his work from the training pitch on the pitch today.

"He released the ball well, and I thought he made really good, intelligent decisions. He played very well and is in a good place mentally.”

On the injury situation after this game:

"I’m unsure at the moment: Joe Willock’s the obvious one. He was feeling his hamstring, but he wasn’t sure if it was cramp or something more sinister. So we’ll wait and see. 

"A couple more players
(are) just nursing little things because of the physical game that it was.”

Dan Burn:

"Really special. 

"For a long time we’ve always disliked Man United as Newcastle fans. We owed them one. It was good to get a win today.... over the seasons we’ve always wanted to beat Man United. 

"Great performance from the lads...delighted to get the win and clean sheet."

They Said

A wobbly-headed Erik ten Hag said:

"I hate to say it, they were better today. Especially in determination, passion and desire. They wanted to win more this week. So they won.

"I saw with them a desire, they wanted revenge and they got it. We have to leave it behind, it's a setback and
[we need to] learn from this lesson about passion and desire.

"We had our opportunities but then you have to go for goal with the determination they did. It wasn't good enough. We allowed them too many chances. In the past we were better. You have to be hungry, give everything, every game.

"We didn't break them. That is the conclusion, we didn't create good chances. Best chance is for Anthony Marital on the equaliser. Our attacking game wasn’t good enough. I don’t want to focus on one person. It was a team performance.

"I think it was deserving for Newcastle. They were more determined and had more passion and desire to score a goal. Also, to defend their box, which they did very well. We had the spaces and the opportunities but we did not use them.

"David (de Gea) made one great save. They had many shots from the edge and we put in blocks there. But we have to stop them before they come in to the final third. We didn't do that well. The blocks were good but better is to stop it at source.

"You have to see that every game is important, every league is important. We know how tough it is to come here and I know they want to take revenge. You have to show the same passion, desire and determination of the opponent. We didn't and we got killed."

On the substitutions: 

“We were not happy. We played too high in midfield and it was easy for their two centre-halves to go and attack. We had to play a little bit deeper. Therefore we made the sub. Then we made changes to bring more energy. 

"Then in the end we were losing so we decided to go with three at the back and play an extra offensive player and I decided to take both centre-backs off with Lindelof to defend the spaces.

“We have to deal with the setback and learn a lesson. So many times recently, we came back after Liverpool. I don’t have that concern. I believe in the team. I believe we’ll bounce back.”

A sour-faced Luke Shaw whined:

"Not what we wanted. Not what we were expecting. When you come here to a tough stadium and a very good side and you don’t come with the right attitude and hunger it will be a tough day. That showed today. We deserved to lose.

"I don't think they won the game on quality today, they won it on passion, desire, hunger, attitude, and they had higher motivation than us and that can't be possible."

We beat you on passion, desire, hunger, attitude and trounced you on quality, Luke.

"I feel I say the same things every time we lose. It's not acceptable. At Manchester United that can't be possible."

Erik ten Hag, Friday on NUFC: "We know they delay, yeah"

Jacob Murphy, Sunday:



NUFC PL points - last 11 seasons  (all full 38 game seasons except *27 games):

2011/12 65 points,
2012/13 41 points, 16th
2013/14 49 points, 10th
2014/15 39 points, 15th
2015/16 37 points, 18th
2017/18 44 points, 10th
2018/19 45 points, 13th
2019/20 44 points, 13th
2020/21 45 points, 12th
2021/22 49 points, 11th
2022/23 50 points*, 3rd

One needs to go back to the 2002/03 season to find the last occasion that Newcastle had reached 50 points or more after 27 games of a top flight season. Game number 27 that season was a 3-0 win at Leeds in February 2003 that took Bobby Robson's side to 52 points and third in the table.

Newcastle's 27th PL game this season saw their thirteenth victory, matching the total recorded over the whole of 2021/22. The split emulates last season, eight wins at SJP, five away from it.

With five matches to play at SJP, an eighth PL home victory equals last season's total in the full season. The last time Newcastle won more than eight home games in a top-flight campaign was 2012/13 (when they won nine).

Joe Willock
's third PL goal of the season saw him better his tally of two in 2021/22. The midfielder hit eight in 2020/21 and now has 13 PL strikes for United. He goes one up on current colleagues Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton, level with Hatem Ben Arfa and is now one shy of Loic Remy.

Callum Wilson
's eighth PL goal of the season saw him match his tally last season. The striker's best return as a Magpie is 12 in 2020/21 and he now has 28 PL goals to his name for the club - one ahead of Craig Bellamy, level with Obafemi Martins and one short of Demba Ba and Gary Speed.

For the second successive home game, a Newcastle substitute came off the bench to score. While Almiron took 11 minutes to net against Wolves though, Wilson did it in just eight today. All three Newcastle PL home wins in 2023 have featured goals by substitutes - Miggy and Wilson as mentioned above and Isak against Fulham.

Nick Pope kept a thirteenth PL clean sheet of the season, after failed in any of the last six games.

Jacob Murphy
extended his impressive record of not losing a PL game he's started in to nine, since a 0-1 loss at Chelsea back in March 2022. Since then he's been on the teamsheet for:  

Norwich City (a) won 3-0
Fulham (a) won 4-1
Brentford (h) won 5-1
Manchester United (a) drew 0-0
Everton (h) won 1-0
Southampton (a) won 4-1
Wolves (h) won 2-1
Nottingham Forest (a) won 2-1
Manchester United (h) won 2-0

(NB: this stat applies to PL games only, if one adds in cup starts Murphy was in the first XI for the FA Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday back in January).

There was a first Toon victory for Anthony Gordon at the fifth attempt. One has to go back to October 2022 for the last time he finished on the winning side, scoring at Everton beat Crystal Palace. For both Everton and Newcastle, this was his first success in 12 league and cup outings.

Following the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in October, this result saw Manchester United fail to score a league goal against Newcastle in a season when they met for the first time since 1996/97.

Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:

2022/23 won 2-0 Willock, Wilson
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(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, 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



A thoroughly deserved success on Sunday left Newcastle United sitting third in the Premier League table, having reached a half century of points for the first time in ten top-flight seasons. 

Second half headers from Joe Willock and Callum Wilson gave Eddie Howe's side their first victory over the Red Devils in eight attempts - and a measure of revenge for defeat by the same margin at Wembley in the Carabao Cup Final back in February. 

That scoreline barely tells the story though of the most decisive Magpies victory against these opponents for many years, as the black and whites set about their task with clear determination and could easily have emulated that 5-0 scoreline of 1996, given the quantity of chances created. 

Despite having both Joelinton and Anthony Gordon available, Howe resisted the temptation to alter a winning side, fielding the line-up that had beaten Wolves and Nottingham Forest
in succession games since returning empty-handed from the national stadium.

The visitors meanwhile fielded Marcus Rashford after another "will he/won't he" pre-NUFC pantomime, but in truth he barely provided nuisance value for his side. As one wag commented, his manager said he wouldn't play - and he was quite right....

More threatening (and irritating) was Brazilian winger Antony, whose runs in possession towards Newcastle left back Dan Burn looked a deliberate ploy. That he'd switched wings before the end of the opening period gives an indication of how that turned out....

Half time was reached with no score, due in part to an excellent double stop from David de Gea to deny Alexander Isak and Joe Willock in the 17th minute. The visiting goalkeeper also managed to ramp up an initially subdued atmosphere by time-wasting from the off, provoking audible unrest.

A trio of efforts from Sean Longstaff had raised hopes of a breakthrough, but the most glaring miss came four minutes before half time when great approach work from Allan Saint-Maximin laid on a golden chance for Willock. To his obvious anguish though, he drilled his shot into the Leazes End.

Into the second period and the black and whites maintained their attacking stance; Saint-Maximin continuing to be busy without supplying a killer pass. 

That all changed on 65 minutes, when Newcastle's willingness to chase lost causes finally bore fruit, just as Howe was readying a treble substitution.

Two (or perhaps three) of those about to be withdrawn then played key roles; Murphy combining with Isak for Bruno to cross from the right and ASM head back across goal to where Willock atoned for his earlier waywardness by finishing from almost on the goal line.

The relief in finally scoring against this lot was tangible on and off the field: the irritation at not sneaking a goal at Old Trafford giving way to the sheer frustration of Wembley  - all wiped out.

That assist was a reward for Maxi's most productive display since the visit of Manchester City here back in August, but he still made way for Joelinton moments later. Gordon meanwhile replaced Murphy, with the impending Isak/Wilson swap delayed for some time.

A raucous ground roared the hosts on as they went in search of a second goal; de Gea again earning his pay when diverting Joelinton's header on to the crossbar, before Fabian Schar's follow-up was scrambled clear by substitute Anthony Martial.

There was a collective intake of breath however in the 82nd minute, as Martial's shot was deflected wide with Nick Pope already committed to covering the other side of his goal. 

A baffling ploy by the away side to withdraw both central defenders was then punished within five minutes; Kieran Trippier sending over a free kick from near the corner flag on the Newcastle right for Wilson to bury his header into the Gallowgate goal and send SJP into orbit.

There was still time for Schar - who had twice gone down with head injuries earlier on - to swap passes with Bruno and fire agonisingly wide.  Whether it was 2-0 or 3-0 though, there was only one United on the field today - and it wasn't Erik's idle lot, who badly missed the suspended Casemiro. 

To a man, the Magpies chased, pressed and fought as if their lives depended on it. For a host of reasons that wasn't the case 35 days earlier at Wembley but here today on home soil, we just wanted it more. The outcome was a result and performance matched only by last season's home victory over Arsenal: both prompting that rare and joyous feeling of floating out of the ground.

Candidates for man of the match abounded - apart from our mostly unemployed goalkeeper - but in addition to a welcome return to the scoresheet for Wilson, the level of involvement and commitment that Gordon displayed when introduced on the right flank seemed significant. 

Ineligible to play at Wembley, the former Everton man demonstrated a combination of the skill and combativeness that stood out when scouted. Like the rest of his team mates today, you would hate to play against him - how many times has that applied to us in recent years? not many I'd wager.

Present today but facing an uncertain future as he returns from serious injury was the last player to score the winner for us against Manchester United. 

Matty Longstaff's memorable strike in 2019 beat de Gea at the Gallowgate End, but that win was on a par with a cup victory in terms of the wider context to that league season - taking us to sixteenth, three places below where we finished.

The challenge is to make days like these the norm, rather than an isolated high water mark. In terms of finance and harmony, we've never been in a better position to do just that since the "Howay 5-0" day of October 1996 - hopefully we'll not need a video release to recall a joyous one-off this time.    


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