Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd: Matty Longstaff magic inspires NUFC to huge win

A huge win for Newcastle United and a dream Premier League debut for Matty Longstaff, who inspired us to our first three points of the season at St James’ Park with a second half winner in front of the Gallowgate!

It was an intriguing and fresh line up picked by Steve Bruce today, full of pace with Saint-Maximin and Yedlin returning, and of course Matty Longstaff making his debut alongside his brother in central midfield – and they were all brilliant.

I’ve knocked Bruce – and rightly so at times – but his tactics were much better today. We looked very hard to break down at the back (albeit against a VERY poor Man Utd side), competed much better in midfield and had more purpose about us on the counter-attack, with Saint-Maximin’s return playing a huge part in that.

It was nearly a blistering start, Saint Maximin put Almiron in but he couldn’t get the ball across onto his left foot and his right foot cross was intercepted. The energy and commitment levels from the players were a far cry from last week and Saint Maximin has the crowd on their feet every time he got the ball, despite a lack of end product at times.

There was also nearly a wonderful moment when Matty Longstaff hit the bar with a brilliant 25 yard half volley. Ultimately though the same problems in attack existed with clear cut chances few and far between and in truth, we never looked like creating anything against the poorest Manchester United team in my lifetime. Despite them having just over 70% of the ball in the first half we were the better team and were unlucky to not be winning at half time, despite Maguire missing an absolute sitter on the stroke of half time.

The second half started without quite the same gusto from us, with Manchester United seemingly having much more time on the ball. Carroll came on for Joelinton on 56 mins after another ineffective and frustrating appearance from the Brazilian, who in fairness was suffering from a back injury.

Then a moment that will live long in the memory…

Jetro Willems broke free down the left, and just when it looked like the attack would break down, he rolled the ball back to Matty Longstaff who struck a brilliant low drive into the bottom corner.

It lifted the roof off the stadium and injected energy and belief at a time when Man Utd were starting to get a grip on proceedings.

It was a relatively comfortable ending to the game in fairness, with Man Utd failing to break down our stubborn defence.

A brilliant win that takes us up into 16th. Bring on Chelsea!

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About Olly Hawkins

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148 thoughts on “Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd: Matty Longstaff magic inspires NUFC to huge win

  1. Going to Yellowstone National Park next week. If I don’t predict the team for Chelsea it means I have been eaten by a bear.

    Actually, I predict an unchanged team, So hopefully that means I will not be eaten by bears (or wolves) or trampled by buffalos.

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  2. Was checking out what I am going to see. There is a path I am walking on to see the Grand Prismatic Spring which is like the 8th wonder of the world. The guide book said it is closed each year from December to May 1 for “bear maintenance”. Oh fck. I don’t want to run into any bears. They hibernate though, so hopefully…

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  3. There was also a footnote in the guidebook for Yellowstone that said that I should make noise to warn off the bears. It specifically said that I should take a couple of those clapper things that Leicester fans take to matches as that would create an atmosphere and the bears would think there were people there rather than robots.

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  4. HIiColleen, its Rebekah. No, I don’t know how to spell my name either. Where did that “h” come from?

    Us footballer’s wives eh? My Jamie has skittles and vodka to calm his nerves like. But The Sun must be really hard up for stories if they think what I tell them about your facebook is interesting.

    Never mind.

    We didn’t marry Wayne and Jamie for looks. We married them for the money and publicity and the Louis Vuitton bags. Or the Colleen and REBEKAH bags as we would like the brands to be now.

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  5. Eric Sykes:
    HIiColleen, its Rebekah. No, I don’t know how to spell my name either. Where did that “h” come from?

    Us footballer’s wives eh? My Jamie has skittles and vodka to calm his nerves like. But The Sun must be really hard up for stories if they think what I tell them about your facebook is interesting.

    Never mind.

    We didn’t marry Wayne and Jamie for looks. We married them for the money and publicity and the Louis Vuitton bags. Or the Colleen and REBEKAH bags as we would like the brands to be now.

    Don’t forget the perfumes

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  6. The chances of me being eaten by a bear are the same as Matty Longstaff scoring from 24 yards on his debut.

    So, 100%.

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  7. I think I am going to kidnap Brad Pitt and buy a Sunderland shirt.

    That will be the most unlikely outcome –

    “Brad Pitt in Sunderland shirt mauled by bear in Yellowstone”.

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  8. “Fake Brad Pitt in RebeKeH Vardy Holloween mask gets eaten by bears and wolves” That wouldn’t happen?

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  10. There is a documentary by Werner Herzog called Grizzly Man who went to live with Brown Bears in Alaska. He took his girlfriend with him on his final trip. She was eaten by a bear as he listened to her scream. The filmmaker was good enough not to let us hear the screams. Grizzly Man was also eaten by the bears.

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  11. I think I might buy a gun. It would have to be a big gun to take out a bear. A bazooka! Amazon must sell them. I will check with United Airlines to see if I can take one on my flight.

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  12. Eric – when you go to Yellowstone National Park will it have both an old geyser and an old geezer at the same time ?

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  13. Well England were awful there!!.

    Southgate takes the blame imo. He picked Henderson, Keane, McGuire, Rose and Kane – all England first team regulars – but all in horrible form for struggling clubs side.

    That’s the 2nd game in a row where we’ve looked defensively very poor.

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  14. Too many England players believing their own publicity and simply not putting in the effort. Southgate’s no great tactician either.

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  15. Eric I was breathing so hard after climbing a steep hill that the bear probably thought I was twice the size I am.

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  16. I love the international break and listening to Man Utd fans claim things aren’t all that bad – we could fix our club with just a £700m investment – we only need 5 players.

    £700m on FIVE players. We can’t sell our entire club for HALF that amount!!!.

    This is why I hate Man Utd. They turned football into a business and were the first to start spending stupid money on players.
    I hope they never get back to glory days!!.

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  17. Players I’d like to see us get in

    Make Williems a permanent for LB

    Victor Wanyama as our midfield destroyer.

    Jarod Bowen on the wing.

    Loren Moron from Betis up front.

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  18. Loren Moron? I think I would be changing my name if I was playing at an English club.

    Elton John was Reg Dwight

    Cliff Richards – Harry Webb

    Cary Grant – Archibald Leach

    Michael Caine – Maurice Micklewhite

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  19. Eric Sykes:
    Loren Moron? I think I would be changing my name if I was playing at an English club.

    Elton John was Reg Dwight

    Cliff Richards – Harry Webb

    Cary Grant – Archibald Leach

    Michael Caine – Maurice Micklewhite

    😂 that’s why I’d buy him mate. I think it’s the only name you can print on the back of any Geordies shirt who’s lining Ashley’s pockets by buying a replica shirt.

    But, the player himself is goal scorer. Big strong player and could be a good partner for Joelinton. Moron is more of a no. 9 with Joe playing off him.

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  20. I didn’t watch the England game but I will tell you we will never win anything with Southgate. Danny Rose FFS. I have watched Sancho quite a bit and he blows very hot and cold but is a good player. I haven’t watched Mason Mount much because he has only played 5 PL games. Declan Rice is the most overrated player in the PL.

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  21. Sancho blows hot and cold in the same match. Sometimes he will disappear for half an hour. If any of you are old enough, it is like watching Stuart Barrowclough.

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  22. I don’t mind Henderson when he plays for Liverpool. He doesn’t seem to turn up for England though. A bit of a poor man’s Stephen Gerrard.

    And don’t get me started on the calamity waiting to happen giant arsed Mackem in goal.

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  23. So that’s at least 5 players who shouldn’t have been in the team. Mount and Sancho might be good enough but it is too early for them. Rice is a pile of shyte wrapped up in The Daily Mirror and The Mail because their hacks are all West Ham fans and say how great he is all of the time like they are Father Dougal McGuire taking about Eric Cantona.

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  24. I haven’t mentioned Rice before but I have thought he was sh!t for a while. The London hacks just love him though, like they did Wilshere before him. I am usually right about “emperor’s new clothes” players. Somehow the price of Rice keeps doubling every 6 months and is 80 million now – The Chinese must be
    p!ssed off (only Man U need apply, they need a replacement for the previous most overrated player in the league – Matic).

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  25. Eric how much will M/U pay Rice i wonder its reported that M/U have the highest ever recorded wage bill in PL,i thought M/C would have been but no M/U is way above it

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  26. Icedog: Rice will probably get Rashford type money. Rashford is supposedly on 250k a week but I have also seen 200k. The higher number probably includes a goals or games bonus.

    I think Man U will probably buy Rice as nobody else is stupid enough to pay 80 million. They already have the Scottish version – McTominay. So God knows why they would want Rice.

    Man U are said to be negotiating a new deal with JLingz. He is on 100k a week and you have to bet that will go up. Think about that, that goalshy waster gets 5 million a year and will soon get a pay raise.

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  27. Olly: when we first signed Willems I am sure I saw a report in The Chronic saying there was a buyout for 10 million. Then last week they said 6 mil as you have said today.

    Either way that seems OK if Rice is worth 70 million. That’s according to The Chronic today but I have seen other papers say 80 million and to Man U. Which is total madness.

    I never know what numbers to trust from The Chronic. Their reporters don’t seem to talk to each other or read each others stories. Jack Colback would be on 35k a week in one story and then 55k a week later.

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  28. The Chronic are seriously overhyping Matty Longstaff as well. It is one game fellas. We don’t need 3 fcking stories a day. Even though he did look very good.

    Can we get 80 million for him now? Maybe more, as he is a year younger than Rice. A goal against Chelsea might see his fee rise to 100 million as the London reporters would be able to see him.

    Maybe Southgate will pick him for England. Mason Mount played after 5 PL appearances.

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  29. Eric Sykes:
    Olly: when we first signed Willems I am sure I saw a report in The Chronic saying there was a buyout for 10 million. Then last week they said 6 mil as you have said today.

    Either way that seems OK if Rice is worth 70 million. That’s according to The Chronic today but I have seen other papers say 80 million and to Man U. Which is total madness.

    I never know what numbers to trust from The Chronic. Their reporters don’t seem to talk to each other or read each others stories. Jack Colback would be on 35k a week in one story and then 55k a week later.

    Aye, either way it’s a very reasonable fee in this day and age!

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  30. England have to move on from the giant arsed t-Rex armed Mackem. You won’t win anything with giant arsed t-rex armed mackems as Alan Hansen once said.

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  31. Pathetic!!!

    What’s the point in wearing these t-shirts, displaying these banners – apparently the attendance was reduced by 5k tonight for previous racism – and in that section of the stadium the Equality Game banner displayed …. that was worth it!!.

    We were 4-0 up at half time. Southgate should have refused to come back out for the 2nd half. Get showered lads, we’re off.

    Make a statement – challenge UEFA to properly address it.

    Ban us, or Ban them!!.

    We finished the game and the FA have asked for an urgent investigation…. URGENT INVESTIGATION!!! What’s to investigation – it was plain for all to hear FFS!!.

    We bottled it tonight and we let our black players down imo.

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  32. I read an article during the pre season friendlies that Huddersfield wore a shirt with the wrong advertisement on the strips.

    They were fined more that any Country has been fined for racism.

    That’s how serious it’s taken.

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  33. Fact is there are lots of peaceful non racist folk in Bulgaria and tonight a group of vile idiots have bought shame on an entire country.
    Have a feeling there will be fan trouble after the match .

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  34. They’re all following a Daily Fail report. Notorious rag who get nothing right. Even the Chron would be all over this if there was anything in it.

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  35. Man U beat them 4-0.

    They have the talented kids taking over from a few getting on a bit.

    Lampard is a novice who failed to get promoted last year.

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  36. Who have Chelsea beat to get their points?

    Southampton, Wolves, Brighton and Norwich.

    We lost to Norwich, but still. We beat Man U and they lost 4-0.

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  37. Normally you might worry about the weight of expectations affecting the Longstaffs. They have been the subject of many articles in national newspapers and I read an interview yesterday in The Guardian. Of course, part of it was the international break and them having nothing else to talk about (there is only so much you can say about racism in football before all the talk gets to be repeating and the hacks move on to Brexit comparison and you have to put an spike in your ear).

    Anyway, I reckon they may be OK. Cant be any more pressure than your debut against Man U on the featured game on TV.

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  38. One of the articles on here said they didn’t trust Charnley with any contract negotiations. He may be a yes-man kiss-arse to Fatso but he has proved to be very astute in contract negotiations. They have signed many players for relatively low wages and then when they turn out to be good, signed them to new improved deals.

    His track record shows he will get the players we want to keep signed up. He also has the books I good shape. He should be kept away from football decisions though as was shown when him and Carr were handed the keys and hired McClaren.

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  39. The video box that pops up on here has Clive Allen promoting his book. He was doing some World Cup stuff in the US and was excellent (as was Wrighty BTW). He also does some co-commentating and is about the best we get at that over here although I have no problem with Graeme Lesaux or Lee Dixon who get the big games. He is slightly biased in favour of his former teams which I don’t mind (Shearer). However, GNev should be banned from ever commentating on Man U. He is a fan boy and cant hide it. What’s the point in that, having someone who will make calls that are 99% in favour of his former team? I think the Waddler should be banned on commentating on NUFC as he goes in the opposite direction.

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  40. Unchanged team? As I said, Chelsea really haven’t beaten anybody so this SHOULD NOT be the “home banker” that most are predicting. They are playing a bunch of talented kids as I said earlier and that can be a roller coaster. The Hansen comment that keeps getting brought up about Man U was 27 years ago.

    Abraham has a goal a game and that cannot continue indefinitely unless he has a Mo Salah type season. Hopefully it ends with us.

    So, 1-2. NUFC to win.

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