Club legend Alan Shearer has laid into Newcastle following our shambolic showing against Man Utd last night.
Despite taking the lead after just two minutes, we sat back for the remainder of the game, invited a side stripped of confidence onto us, and ultimately ended up on the wrong side of a severe hiding.
Man Utd registered 28 shots on goal last night, missed a penalty and had a goal chalked off for VAR, so anyone – and that includes Bruce – who tries to say the score line was flattering needs a serious reality check.
Shearer obviously feels the same way as he described us as “poor” and that we got “absolutely battered” by Man Utd on Match of the Day last night.
Here is what he said in full:
“First of all with Newcastle, I was really disappointed. It was a poor performance.
“I thought the set-up to soak up the pressure, they got the goal and then just went back and sat back. They couldn’t get anywhere near them on the ball, (they) kept knocking it long, the ball kept coming back into them and I thought they were really, really poor.
“From a Manchester United point of view, I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for changing the team.
“That team had to be changed after the last performance that they had. They did that and they played very well and they absolutely battered Newcastle I thought.
“They dominated possession. Mata and Fernandes were so clever I thought, because they just went and stood in those little pockets in the holes in front of Newcastle’s back four and Newcastle couldn’t handle that.
“They were just too good on the ball, they showed a lot of creativity, everything Newcastle didn’t have.
“It was a brilliant ball in for Harry Maguire from Mata for Maguire to get his goal, but those two on the ball, if you give them the amount of time that Newcastle gave them then they are going to punish you and cause you problems all evening as they did.”
Last night seems like a real opportunity missed to go out against a poor Man Utd side and really put them to the sword.
We should’ve put pressure on them after our early goal, yet we sat off and gave them exactly what they wanted – time, space and so little to worry about in attack, leaving Wilson so isolated up top.
Wolves away next – which will no doubt consist of another “lay and pray” approach by Bruce’s Newcastle United.