Last night was a great performance, but it ended in disappointment, as we deserved more on the day. We’ll take the point and move on, hoping that the players have gained confidence from their display.
The injuries to Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are a worry. The January transfer window is the biggest the club has had in years.
Below we rate the performances on each player:
Martin Dubravka – 6 – It was a decent game from the keeper. His control of his area was excellent and he showed he can come from his line to defend dangerous situations. However, he needs to get better at directing saves away from goal and continues to look nervy when trying to play out from the back.
Emil Krafth – 8 – This was one of his better performances for us. He defended well and offered an attacking threat. On another day, he would have got an assist for Allan Saint-Maximin who missed a huge chance in the second half.
Fabian Schar – 6 – The Swiss international was better today. On the ball, he showed more confidence in his passing. Their equaliser was disappointing for both centre backs as one should have been closer to Cavani, but he helped keep Ronaldo quiet.
Jamaal Lascelles – 6 – Like Schar, it was better than we have seen in the last two games. He was more assured in his defensive work and the defence did limit Manchester United to few chances. The Cavani goal was a situation that he could have done more to stop.
Javier Manquillo – 7 – Every week, he is solid in what he does in both halves of the pitch. His attacking influence was limited as he was playing on the wrong side, but he defended well. Was booked for time-wasting, meaning he’ll be suspended for our next game.
Ryan Fraser – 7.5 – The Scottish international is starting to grow into his Newcastle career. He carried a threat all game with his pace and willingness to drive with the ball. He worked so hard for the team too, often leading the press.
Sean Longstaff – 8 – It was great to see him back in the team and he performed well. There was great intensity to his defensive work and his positive forward passing helped give us impetus.
Jonjo Shelvey – 7 – Another solid display from one of Eddie Howe’s favourites. He made three tackles and was always looking to play progressive passes. In the first half, he came close to scoring his second of the season.
Joelinton – 9* – This is becoming standard for Joelinton. He has been excellent against three of the best teams in the league and he is now the first name on the team sheet. Last night, he made four key passes, three interceptions and four tackles. Incredible. The only thing missing was a goal involvement.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 8 – A return to form for the Frenchman. The early goal did him the world of good as he terrorised Manchester United after that. He took his goal well and had four shots on target. His missed chance in the second half and his failure to make a key pass suggest his decision making was slightly off. A lot of positives can be taken though.
Callum Wilson – 6 – It looks like he has torn his calf, which is a huge blow. His movement caused problems in the time he was on the pitch, however he was forced off just before the break.
Jacob Murphy – 7 – This was a great performance from the bench from Murphy. His directness causes problems for teams, even if his end product is inconsistent. Hit the post and worked hard at both ends.
Miguel Almiron – 6 – He added energy late on to allow us to keep pushing for a winner. David de Gea prevented him with an incredible save.
Dwight Gayle – N/A – Came on as a late sub. Worked hard and was a nuisance.