Toon Takeaways from Newcastle United’s 1-0 home win over Man. U

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United runs with the ball with pressure from Fred of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on October 06, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United runs with the ball with pressure from Fred of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on October 06, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) /
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Newcastle United bounced back with a big win today over Manchester United.

A week after being blown out by Leicester City, Newcastle United took all three points at home against Manchester United today. Matty Longstaff’s debut goal was the difference in the 1-0 win.

Top Toons

Matty Longstaff: Today was a dream come true for the Geordie youngster. In his Premier League debut, he started, scored the lone goal, and played really well. He didn’t look overmatched in the midfield and his energy was much-needed.

Allan Saint-Maximin: He can really change the game for the Magpies. ASM made countless solo runs, skillfully and quickly blowing by defenders, to put Newcastle United in dangerous positions.

Fabian Schar: His sliding clearance in the second half at the doorstep on Marcus Rashford was just another moment that we can all be thankful for the central defender.

Mediocre Magpies

Miguel Almiron: I understand those that will argue that “his impact goes so far beyond goals and assists”, but that’s not good enough anymore. He had one of the best chances of the first half and couldn’t pull the trigger and just needs to be better in the final moment. I like the work rate, but the production needs to be there, too.

Quick Kicks

  • The energy that Saint-Maximin creates on the pitch and in the stadium is palpable. He can turn a turnover in the defensive half into a chance at the other end in what seems like an instant. Like Almiron, he does need to produce more in the final third, but he’s had much less time to adjust to the Premier League.
  • Matty Longstaff’s impact on the match was not only his goal. His energy brought a sense of urgency to the midfield and made things uncomfortable for Manchester’s midfielders.
  • Going forward, Steve Bruce should continue to allow Matty to battle for his spot. When Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey are available, it should be an open competition and the best man should play.
  • Jetro Willems and DeAndre Yedlin both did well to balance out their defensive duties and getting forward. Willems assisted on Longstaff’s strike.
  • I know he will be happy with any win at this point, but Steve Bruce will be extra pleased to defeat Manchester United for the first time as a manager.

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What’s Next?

Newcastle United will have to try and keep this momentum going through an international break. Next time out, they will face Chelsea on 10/19.