After Newcastle United’s result against Manchester United, we break down the performance.
Despite being the first visiting side to score at Old Trafford this season, things did not go well for Newcastle United today. After Dwight Gayle’s opener, Manchester United responded with four unanswered goals to secure a big 4-1 victory.
DeAndre Yedlin: The speedster set up Newcastle’s goal with a blazing run down the right side and a perfect pull back for Gayle. He also made a few key clearances to prevent dangerous chances.
Dwight Gayle: He was the first visiting player to score a goal against Manchester United in this Premier League season. His finish was clinical and he was the most dangerous option for Newcastle all match.
Rob Elliot: Anytime you allow four goals, it was a bad outing. He suffered a slight injury in the first half and that may have affected his performance a bit, but Elliot disappointed today after a strong start to the season.
Isaac Hayden: His distribution was a let down in the midfield and he probably should have put away his chance on goal at the end of the first half. He also picked up another yellow card and will be suspended next match.
-After Rob Elliot stayed down briefly with an apparent left leg injury, Manchester scored two goals in nine minutes. I’m curious if the first goal could’ve been stopped if not for the knock he picked up minutes before.
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-Paul Pogba is a pleasure for any soccer fan to watch. He is incredibly smooth on the ball and is always thinking about the next move. I’m glad he’s healthy again, but I would’ve preferred he stayed out one more match to prevent him from playing so well against Newcastle.
-Expanding on that, this was one of those matches that reminds you how big the gap is between the top few clubs and the rest of the Premier League. Newcastle United played an inspired match, but just were outgunned and outmanned by a better team.
-Against an average side, Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark’s partnership would’ve been solid. They made some good plays, but couldn’t do enough to protect Rob Elliot.
-Jacob Murphy showcased some of the potential Newcastle United saw in him when they signed him this summer. In his first Magpies’ start, he was quick and creative on the ball. Unfortunately, he also made some careless giveaways. Overall, positive performance from the youngster.
Newcastle United will return home a week from today to face Watford. They sit 9th on the table ahead of their fixture tomorrow against West Ham United.