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Match Report : 18/11/2017 v Manchester United
Manchester United   4 2

Scorer(s): Anthony Martial (37), Chris Smalling (45+1), Paul Pogba (54), Romelu Lukaku (70)

Newcastle United   1 1
Scorer(s): Dwight Gayle (14)
Date: Saturday, November 18th, 2017
Competition: Premiership
Season: 2017-18
Venue: Old Trafford
Kick Off: 5:30 pm
Attendance: 75,035
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Manchester United
Manager: Jose Mourinho
 David de Gea
  Antonio Valencia
  Victor Lindelöf
Cautioned  Chris Smalling
  Ashley Young
  Paul Pogba(On As A Substitute Marouane Fellaini, 70)
  Nemanja Matic
  Marcus Rashford
  Juan Mata(On As A Substitute Ander Herrera, 83)
  Anthony Martial(On As A Substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 77)
  Romelu Lukaku
Unused Subs: Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard
Newcastle United
Manager: Rafael Benitez
 Rob Elliot
 DeAndre Yedlin
 Florian Lejeune
 Ciaran Clark
 Javi Manquillo Gaitan
 Jacob Murphy
Cautioned Isaac Hayden
 Jonjo Shelvey
 Matt Ritchie(On As A Substitute Rolando Aarons, 66)
 Dwight Gayle(On As A Substitute Mohamed Diame, 77)
 Joselu Mato(On As A Substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic, 71)
Unused Subs: Karl Darlow, Chancel Mbemba Mangulu, Jesus Gamez Duarte, Ayoze Perez
A Note on Cards

First Half
12 mins
Isaac Hayden - foul on Mata
14 mins
0-1Dwight Gayle. Yedlin raced down the right wing and getting to the bye-line cut the ball into the centre of the box for Gayle who hit a right-footed shot across De Gea. It hit the inside of the foot of the left post and rebounded into the net.
37 mins
1-1Anthony Martial. Excellent bit of footwork by Pogba saw him dance his way into the box from the right channel and he chipped the ball up beautifully for Martial to climb above Yedlin and head home from the edge of the six-yard box.
45+1 mins
2-1Chris Smalling. Young sent a cross deep into the six-yard box from the left-wing. Smalling raced onto it and headed the ball down to beat Elliot at the right post.
Second Half
54 mins
3-1Paul Pogba. The ball was pinged across from the right-wing to the left of the box where Rashford headed it down towards the right post. Pogba rushed onto it and guided it right-footed into the net from two yards out.
66 mins
67 mins
Chris Smalling - foul
70 mins
4-1Romelu Lukaku. A quick one-two between Mata and Lukaku in the top right of the box saw the latter break with the ball. His control was loose but luck saw the ball rebounded to him and now in space he hit it left footed into the top right corner from seven yards.
70 mins
Marouane Fellaini on for Paul Pogba
71 mins
77 mins
77 mins
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on for Anthony Martial
83 mins
Ander Herrera on for Juan Mata

toon1892 comment...

Not Unexpected, But Still Very Disappointing!

There is no doubt that few Newcastle fans would have expected to get anything from this game - but to go to Old Trafford, take the lead, then lose four-one is disappointing to say the least!

When you take in the abysmal defending for three of Manchester's goals then that disappointment is just compounded. The quality of the balls into the box cannot be denied, but Newcastle's defending of them was pretty damn awful. Pogba's mastery to chip the ball into the box for Martial's equaliser probably could not have been prevented, but Yedlin allowed Martial to so easily beat him to the header that is was embarrasing. Young's cross came from so deep it also was probably never going to be prevented but again the way Smalling so easily got to it and beat Elliot at his near post was bad. So all of a sudden from being in front we are going into half-time two-one down!

Pogba's goal early in the second half should have really been cleared. Rashford's header was going nowhere and it seemed like our defence were content to see it fly past the far post - until Pogba rushed in between the defence to guide it home. Manchester's last goal had more than an element of luck as his one-two with Mata was badly controlled, though in reality should have easily been cut out and when he regained control he was standing free, in acres of space, seven yards out. One thinks this was a very preventable defeat indeed.

Newcastle had other chances of their own to score, so the "creation of opportunities" wasn't a concern at all, the finishing was a mixture of "hard lines" and simply bad efforts.

All-in-all, yes a defeat, but not too disastrous of one as the mistakes were clearly visible, and visible mistakes can be worked on. However, one of Rafa's comment after the match was quite indicitive of what is wrong - he said "You see the difference in terms of money spent but it is not something we didn't know.". It's not ALL about money Rafa! It's about coaching as well. Destroying the confidence of your squad by continually harping on about money, making it plain you have no confidence in the squad, does not fit into coaching in my world. Work with what you've got for goodnes sake.

If we fans on the terraces can see the errors being made then surely the manager and coaching staff can too. If you don't think the squad is good enough, and you don't think you can improve their individual and collective performances, then make way for someone who can please. Or do you actually believe that "man for man" Burnley, Watford, Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town, all above us in the league, are better than Newcastle!. Their managers seem to be doing something right, and I don't constantly hear them whingeing on about money. I'm becoming a very disgruntled fan indeed.