Newcastle United Shock Manchester United as Red Devils' Early Woes Continue

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2019

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Scott McTominay of Manchester United and Andy Carroll of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on October 6, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United defeated Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday in the Premier League at St James' Park, condemning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to a fifth game without a win.

In a match of few chances, the hosts scored the only goal after 72 minutes when debutant Matthew Longstaff drove his effort past David De Gea.

The Red Devils' poor away form continued, and despite dominating the second half, United could not find the back of the Magpies' net.

Matthew Longstaff was starting next to brother Sean Longstaff, and the 19-year-old initially had the home crowd on their feet after 28 minutes, but his shot from distance hit the crossbar.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Matthew Longstaff of Newcastle United takes a shot which hits the crossbar during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on October 06, 2019 in Newcastle upon Ty
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The Red Devils struggled to create a consistent tempo, and the hosts sat behind the ball to deny Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team any chance of a counter-attack.

The Manchester giants were poor in possession, unable to create through their midfield, and the match was a tepid affair in the first half.

United finally had their first shot on target five minutes before half-time, but Andreas Pereira's long drive was saved by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Miguel Almiron should have given the Magpies a 39th-minute lead. However, Harry Maguire made a last-gasp block to deny the Paraguayan.

Solskjaer's men showed more ambition in the closing stages of the first half, and Maguire missed the best chance of the game with a poor header from six yards.

Marcus Rashford struggled throughout the first half, and Squawka Football highlighted the England international's lack of influence.

Squawka Football @Squawka

Marcus Rashford had nine touches in the first half vs. Newcastle, fewer than any other player on the pitch. Yes, that includes both goalkeepers. 😳 https://t.co/UtFmgTNsN5

The visitors slowly turned the screw in the second half, and Mason Greenwood replaced Juan Mata, with United in the ascendancy.

Newcastle appeared fatigued and struggled in possession, but just as the away side pushed forward, the hosts broke the deadlock.

A breakaway with 18 minutes remaining saw the ball arrive at Matthew Longstaff's feet on the edge of the box, and the teenager hit the target with an impressive drive after Maguire backed off him.

The goal came against the run of play, but Solskjaer's team have made a habit of disjointed away displays.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United  applauds fans after his sides defeat in the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on October 06, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne,
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United continued to play in Newcastle's half of the pitch, but the visitors failed to produce the quality needed to find an equaliser.

The Red Devils crashed to another defeat, and they have collected only nine points from their opening eight league games.


What's Next

Both clubs return to Premier League action after the international break. Newcastle travel to Chelsea on October 19, and Manchester United face Liverpool on October 20.