And two players in particular were singled out for special praise by Magpies boss Alan Pardew, who called Jack Colback’s performance "fantastic" and hailed Remy Cabella’s artistry.
The Premier League champions left Tyneside with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero, but were made to work for the three points by their hosts.
And at the heart of all that was good about the Magpies, Colback and Cabella made instant impacts on their debuts after their moves from Sunderland and Montpellier, respectively.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the Toons' first game of the new season, Pardew said: “There were some outstanding performances. I thought Jack Colback was fantastic.
“Remy gave us some moments around the box that we haven’t had for a long time, certainly since [Yohan] Cabaye left. That’ll be crucial against other Premiership opposition.”
The publicity surrounding Colback’s move from United’s local rivals failed to overwhelm the 24-year-old, who produced an energetic performance in the middle of the park.
His accuracy and expertise from set pieces caused real problems for City and could become an advantageous feature of Newcastle’s game plan as the season progresses.
The Geordie midfielder got forward to good effect without ever shying away from his defensive responsibilities, and his box-to-box approach went down extremely well with the fans.
In Cabella, Pardew now has someone who is not afraid to take on players and create—something that was sorely missing as last term’s campaign descended into chaos.
In what was his first competitive appearance in English football, the French international oozed confidence and brought the crowd to their feet with his trademark step-overs.
Flair players have always been warmly welcomed by the Geordie fans, and a new crowd favourite emerged this weekend in the shape of the Corsican-born playmaker.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!