Manchester United were eyeing Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff during English Premier League’s summer transfer window but they will be adding the name of the younger brother Matty Longstaff to their shortlist after the premier league debutant outshined and netted a thunderbolt giving Newcastle United a deserved win.
Matty Longstaff kisses the Newcastle United Crest after netting against Manchester United on his premier league debut.
Newcastle’s boss Steve Bruce needed a response from his players after their 5-0 defeat at King Power stadium by Leicester City and he got one.
The inclusion of debutant Longstaff helped ensure that, for no academy graduate on the biggest day of his career is going to give anything less than 100%
United’s boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will turn to a long injury list, missing six first team players, but the verdict of his own captain David De Gea was pretty brutal and unforgiving and should not be taken lightly. “It is not acceptable, not just this game but the whole season,” De Gea said. “It is the most difficult time since I have been here. I don’t know what is happening.” Asked what needed to improve he said: “everything.”
No Manchester United player had more touches in the opposition box (4 touches) or attempted more shots (3 shots) versus Newcastle than Harry Maguire.
But that was it from them apart from a couple of crosses that skimmed across the penalty area. Unsurprisingly, given the mood around both teams, there were few chances with Marcus Rashford an Isolated striker for United and Joelinton offering little for Newcastle who effectively lined up with a five-man defense but with the Longstaff brothers dominating midfield battle against Scottish and Brazilian Internationals Scott McTominay and Fred Rodriguez respectively.
Manchester United suffered yet another injury, losing Diogo Dalot and ended up with David De Gea going forward for a setpiece at death. Predictably it was over-hit and the game petered out with De Gea looking lost. Just like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Just like Manchester United
By Linda Amiani,