North East UK news National media pick out the positives despite Newcastle's 4-1 defeat to Man Utd MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Newcastle United suffered their second Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday night, losing 4-1 at home to Manchester United
Breaking News ! Newcastle United missed the chance to climb as high as second in the Premier League table as they fell to a 4-1 home defeat by Manchester United on Saturday night. Despite taking an early lead through Luke Shaw’s own goal, the Magpies were unable to contain an effervescent United attack as Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford all struck to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a much-needed three points. The result leaves Steve Bruce’s Newcastle in 11th place after a second defeat of the season. Here is a round-up of what the national media made of their loss to the Red Devils. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now The Guardian “With the visitors looking particularly strong down their left flank, [Emil] Krafth had begun to struggle at right-back and Federico Fernández made some important interceptions, while [Karl] Darlow did well to save the impressive Marcus Rashford’s 20-yard shot,” Louise Taylor wrote for The Guardian . “Not to be outdone, De Gea performed similar wonders to deny [Allan] Saint-Maximin, whose extravagantly fancy footwork subsequently succeeded in bamboozling Maguire and friends to the point where the Frenchman eventually crossed in Wilson’s direction. “The striker’s connection – via an extended boot – was true but De Gea responded with a world-class reflex save. Maybe Dean Henderson’s presence on the bench is sharpening his concentration. “The drama continued as VAR spotted a potential penalty and Craig Pawson agreed Jamal Lewis’s boot had made contact with Rashford’s shin. Up stepped Fernandes but Darlow threw out the strongest of diversionary hands.” Read More Related Articles 'Getting relegated' Manchester United fans verdict on Newcastle United after 4-1 victory Read More Related Articles Inside Steve Bruce's Press conference: Newcastle boss explains tactics against Man United BBC Sport “The scoreline reads 4-1, but against one of the 'big six', Magpies boss Steve Bruce's side fought fire with fire, particularly in the first half,” Saj Chowdhury wrote for BBC Sport . “French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who dazzled against Burnley in the 3-1 win, starred again - albeit in spurts - and was integral to the move that led to the opener. “He then provided the cross for striker Callum Wilson which should have resulted in Newcastle's second, but instead resulted in one of the saves of the season from De Gea. “Darlow, 30, made several good stops and continued until the end of the match despite appearing to be suffering from an injury in the final quarter of the game. Read More Related Articles 'Battered': Alan Shearer pulls no punches in Newcastle verdict Read More Related Articles Karl Darlow facing nervous wait after suffering injury in Manchester United loss “But even at full fitness the keeper could not have done much about the late goals though, as his team-mates in front of him tired, allowing their opponents to exploit the gaps in defence.” Daily Mail “He [Krafth] delivered low but Shaw’s unconvincing attempt to block the cross caused the ball to bounce off his out-stretched boot and sail between De Gea and his near post,” Craig Hope wrote for the Daily Mail . “The goalkeeper did his best impression of wrong-footing, but it looked more like a case of flat-footed on replay. “The concession could have marked the onset of another United collapse, but Newcastle are not Tottenham.
. “United should have led entering the break but Jamaal Lascelles denied Rashford, the home skipper clearing from the line. And it was the turn of goalkeeper Karl Darlow to thwart the England forward on the stroke of half-time when smuggling a low fizzer around the upright. “While that was a fine stop it did not compare to the goal-line claw of De Gea early in the second half. Allan Saint-Maximin dug out a cross from the left and Wilson extended a toe to turn on target from barely three yards out. Somehow, De Gea scooped clear. The Telegraph
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“At least Manchester United's first pay-per-view game offered some value for money as they came from behind to win with a flourish on Tyneside. It was a much-needed reminder of what this team is capable of,” Luke Edwards wrote for The Telegraph . “Both sides played their part in a thrilling contest, as did both goalkeepers, but the visitors deserved all three points and they had destroyed Newcastle by the end, the home team exhausted, crushed like a tin can under a boot in the second half. “And it was their second goal that showed us how classy Manchester United can be, the move starting deep inside their own half, Bruno Fernandes eventually finding the top corner after a sublime reverse pass from Marcus Rashford.”
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