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GUEST BLOG: Newcastle V Man United | 5 Things We Learned

  • Man United must attack with intent
  • We’ve seen glimpses of attacking football this season, notably against Newcastle, Chelsea and Wolfsburg. Not only does this invigorate the fans but it also gives the players a genuine reason to commit and show the fans that they care. The lackadaisical passing football we see week in week out often to fruitless, forgettable results… Even Louis Van Gaal is getting bored of it.

    Against Newcastle our best chances came when we distributed the ball quickly and charged into the oppositions half – not when we were trying to play tiki taka with Marouane Fellaini.

    The likes of Ander Herrera have the ability to spread Scholes-esque balls across the pitch, and the likes of Memphis Depay have the ability to make darting runs into the box. And arguably, Wayne Rooney still has the ability to put chances away… So what’s the problem?

  • Marouane Fellaini isn’t good enough
  • There was a brief period of time when Fellaini was our only real outlet, the go-to player that we knew would test other teams. That was last season. Since then, we’ve added players to ranks that can replace Fellaini as a barbaric midfielder (Bastian Schweinsteiger!) & also as an outlet up front (Tony Martial)

    Against Newcastle however, Fellaini’s incompetence was on display, he: Assisted the other team, missed a sitter, wasn’t strong in his tackles, constantly lost the ball and was a liability with his reckless challenges.

    Honestly. He is not good enough.

  • We should accept Rooney as a different footballer
  • Rooney is no longer the pitbull terrier that he once was; terrorising defences with his tenacity and running rampant around the pitch.

    He’s developed a sense of calamity in his football. He doesn’t scream, he dictates play. He doesn’t run rampant, he picks his position wisely. He doesn’t go at it himself, he brings other into play. In the fixture against Newcastle we saw Wayne’s ability to run the show, we saw the ‘new’ Wayne Rooney

  • Players should play in their natural positions
  • Too many times this season we’ve had started line ups with players playing in foreign positions. Positions they’ve had to grow into for the greater good of the team. But against Newcastle and many other teams this season there have been times when the Manchester United have lacked fluidity and instinct. Players often get caught out and or just don’t know what to do; often looking around… Searching for Eric. And this may largely be because we’re playing our players out of position. Players are in places they’re not accustomed to, places that they can’t play their natural football.

    Take for example, Anthony Martial. He’s played as a striker, left winger and right winger. Firstly, the amount of game time he gets is brilliant. However, the fact that he plays a different position almost every week will hinder his development and understanding of the game. Ander Herrera, is another. Arguably, Ander’s best performances have come when he’s played in a two man midfield role where he can dictate and have a real impact on play… Not when he’s playing a Luka Modric-type position behind the striker.

    And don’t even get me started on Mata

  • We might need to ride our luck
  • Many fans would’ve left the Newcastle match feeling disappointed that we didn’t grab the win. And there’ll also be some fans that will say we’re fortunate to concede a few more goals, either way, we rode our luck!

    Man United have shown that they can’t run rampant against anyone, even bottom league Newcastle. And that’s not what we want when we’re trying to secure our place in the top four. So we’ll have to hope we can rekindle the brief run of winning form we touched upon last season, or just grind out 1-0 wins 13/14 Chelsea style. Either way, with the lack of intent the squad currently has, we can only hope some good fortune comes our way.

    By Tyler Owusu

    Newcastle United 3-3 Man United | Match report

    Newcastle and Man United share the points as six-goal thriller ends 3-3 at the Sports Direct Arena.

    Most fans and pundits alike would have predicted this game to finish 0-0 but both teams showed great determination and fight to provide an entertaining goal feat.

    It was Man United who drew first blood when Wayne Rooney put away a penalty in the 9th minute after Newcastle’s Mbemba was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area by referee, Mike Dean.

    United doubled their lead in the 38th minute with a goal from Jesse Lingard. Rooney found himself of the edge of the Newcastle box with no other United player around him. He held the ball up well, awaiting the run of Lingard behind him down the left. Rooney slipped the ball through to the youngster who slotted the ball through the keepers legs.

    Newcastle fought back and a few minutes before half time managed to pull a goal back. Collocini played a looping ball over the top from deep, Mitrovic headed the ball down into Winjaldum’s path and he coolly volleyed the ball into the bottom right corner, giving de Gea no chance.

    The Magpies came out fighting in the second half and in the 67th minute were awarded a penalty when Chris Smalling bundled Mitrovic to the ground. Mitrovic stepped up to take the penalty and slotted it home into the bottom right, sending de Gea the other way.

    Now questions would be asked of Man United’s character and the questions were answered when in the 79th minute, Wayne Rooney scored a fantastic goal from outside the box. The move started with Memphis who ran at the Newcastle defence and cut in, bringing the ball onto his right foot. He found space to shoot but his shot was blocked and the loose ball rolled outside the box. Rooney was quickest to react hit a first time shot which curled up into the left hand corner.

    But the drama didn’t stop there and Newcastle were not ready to give up. In the 90th minute, left back Dummett rifled home a long range left footed shot into the top corner to bring Newcastle level and prevent Man United from taking the three points.

    Man United had chances earlier to see the game off. In the 56th minute, Martial played a square ball into the box from the right hand side finding Herrera on the penalty spot. Herrera, knowing Lingard was unmarked behind him, played the ball backwards. All Lingard had to do was beat the keeper but, instead he over hit his shot and put it over.

    Fellaini also had a chance to seal the victory in the 84th minute. Memphis took the ball down the wing beating his defender. Gaining a yard he put in a perfectly hit and placed crossed right on Fellaini’s head in the 6 yard box, but the Belgian could not direct his header either side of the keeper.

    The draw means that Man United again drop down to 6th in the league.

    United slip to 6th after draw at Newcastle (Picture: bbc.co.uk)
    United slip to 6th after draw at Newcastle (Picture: bbc.co.uk)

    What did you think about the game? Are you happy with the teams performance? We would love to know your thoughts. Please, feel free to leave a comment below.

    You can also watch the Newcastle V Man United match reaction on The United Stand’s YouTube channel by clicking here. Or by watching below.

    Newcastle United Team Sheet

    21 Elliot
    22 Janmaat
    18 Mbemba
    02 Coloccini
    03 Dummett
    24 Tioté (Toney – 85′)
    04 Colback (Gouffran – 81′)
    07 Sissoko
    05 Wijnaldum
    17 Pérez (de Jong – 92′)
    45 Mitrovic


    10 de Jong
    11 Gouffran
    15 Lascelles
    26 Darlow
    31 Marveaux
    36 Toney
    42 Sterry

    Man United Team Sheet

    01 de Gea
    18 Young
    12 Smalling
    17 Blind
    36 Darmian
    28 Schneiderlin
    27 Fellaini
    09 Martial
    21 Herrera (Mata – 75′)
    35 Lingard (Depay – 64′)
    10 Rooney


    07 Depay
    08 Mata
    20 Romero
    33 McNair
    43 Borthwick-Jackson
    44 Pereira
    47 Weir