United headed to St James’ Park having failed to win any of their last 10 away fixtures. It’s a run they were be desperate to end against the Premier League’s crisis club and Solskjaer appeared confident that we were getting closer to those elusive three points. Any why not? Newcastle were in penultimate position in the table with just one win in their last 6 games and goal difference of minus 9. The Newcastle attack had scored just four times this year, the joint-lowest in the Premier League.
United had their own problems, being still without Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial , Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw or Paul Pogba, necessitating a greater involvement of our promising youngsters.
Alas it was not to be. Saint-Maximin and Jetro Willems led the charge, driving into the final third where the ball was rolled into the path of Longstaff, and he rifled a low shot beyond De Gea that sent St James’ Park into raptures. It was another negative result for the Reds that has left the Red Devils 12th in the Premier League table and just two points above the relegation zone – with our next fixture after the international break against table toppers Liverpool.
The facts are stark. Just two Premier League victories so far this season, 11 away fixtures without a win, one goal in the last three games and some 15 short of our next opponents.
My best United player was Ashley Young. One found Ashley always involved in defence, feeding the ball during dead ball situations, and when a rare attack was in progress, it is always Ashley who was found on that left touchline making himself available.
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