Manchester United fell to a terrible 1-0 loss to Newcastle United in the hunt to continue their horrible away winless streak. The Red Devils started as drably as they were in mid-week Europa League fixture against AZ Alkmaar, showing little inspiration going forward.
United had the lion’s share of possession(66%) in the first half, but Newcastle were much better in getting more chances. They were unlucky not to score, as Harry Maguire also scuffed a free header wide to rob his side of a fortunate lead.
Newcastle kept the visitors quiet and a thunderous counter-attack in the 72nd minute led to debutant Matthew Longstaff scoring a brilliant long-ranger to give his side the lead. United huffed and puffed, but were unable to create anything concrete, falling to another shameful away defeat. Liverpool next and things won’t get any better anytime soon. Here are the player ratings for the game.
Manchester United Player Ratings
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (4.0) –
For all his ramblings of promoting youth, Solskjaer is persistently trusting upon bygone oldies who offered no productivity. His United are shockingly tame going forward, look clueless creativity and even the good players are losing their touch. Unless he changes his tactics and mentality, things won’t get better any soon.
David de Gea (5.5) –
DDG’s distribution still isn’t the most convincing. Lucky to see Matty Longstaff’s long-range screamer hit the post in the 27th after he’d been beaten all ends up. However, he was unable to do anything when he struck a bullet into his bottom right corner in the 72nd to give Newcastle the lead.
Axel Tuanzebe (6.5) –
Tuanzebe’s second start in as many games, but he doesn’t seem fearful of the towering Joelinton’s threat. Kept the Brazilian quiet with persistent marking and tackling. Later moved to the right and retained his confident defensive solidity with timely challenges. A slight bright spark in United’s dark day.
Harry Maguire (6.0) –
Despite not having his regular partner, Maguire’s comfortable moving possession forward or clearing danger. Makes a brilliant block in the 38th to save a certain goal from Almiron. Heads a glorious scoring opportunity wide in the 45th. Should’ve scored that! Not doing so cost him, with Newcastle taking the win despite him being composed with defensive work.
Diogo Dalot (6.0)-
Getting his first Premier League start, Dalot looks ready for the challenge against the pacy Saint-Maxim. Gets one shot(read: attempted cross) on target in the 21st. Did a pretty good job keeping up with him and making timely challenges. Offered little going forward and worsened United’s situation by picking up an injury before the hour-mark.
Ashley Young (5.5) –
The nervy captain makes a promising start with an important block in the first minute. Regains his buffoon reputation with a botch minutes later. Was off and on with his delivery, but defensive frailty proved again tonight with another wonky showing.
Already looks all over the place. Made an unnecessary challenge to concede a free-kick in the early minutes and looks nervous with his distribution. Played it safe with predictable passes and overrun by Newcastle’s midfield. Scuffed a long-ranger over late on, summing up his evening.
Scott McTominay (5.0) –
Monday night’s hero looks a bit ruffled today. Lost the ball on different occasions in the first 15 minutes to allow Newcastle forward. However, he’s regained his urgent demeanor driving United forward. Frustrations led to a terrible challenge on Sean Longstaff to get booked at the half-hour mark.
Andreas Pereira (4.5) –
A fish out of water on the right-wing, the Brazilian is almost obsolete apart from a few recoveries. Moved towards the left later on and had an attempted curler saved in the 41st. Horribly played Williems onside leading up to the goal.
Marcus Rashford (3.0) –
Rashford’s showing signs of the known pace, but unable to get into any promising position behind Newcastle’s packed backline. Almost looked uninterested at points with shoddy movement and offered very little in terms of penetrativeness. He showed no signs of even being a centre-forward with another invisible showing.
Daniel James (4.5) –
Unusually weary in possession. James isn’t being able to find space to move forward and being countered by Newcastle’s deep defence. Kept mostly quiet, but had a promising cross in the 70th scraped clear by Schar. The bad form is starting to affect his game as well.
Juan Mata (4.0)–
Playing at his preferred #10 role, Mata hasn’t shown any signs of creativity in the early phase of the game. Moved into pockets of space throughout, but offered little in terms of killer-passes required. Another drab showing.
Marcos Rojo (5.5) –
The Argentine was unable to do anything for the goal, but had a header scrap over the bar in the 75th. Booked minutes later for a typically unnecessary aggressive challenge.
Mason Greenwood (6.0) –
The 17-year-old automatically lifted his side’s attack by displaying his natural striking attributes. Laid in a clever ball to send Young through in the 69th, but saw it horrible wasted. Tried powering a frail cross into goal in the 85th, only to see it collected.
Tahith Chong (N/A) –
Came on very late on and unable to do anything about the scoreline.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Tuanzebe was probably United’s best player with his defensive solidity, but nobody from the Red Devils really deserves MOTM today.