Joe Willock put two obvious misses behind him to ship a dominant Newcastle on their approach to a deserved 2-0 win over a toothless Manchester United and third place within the desk.
Newcastle midfielder Willock noticed one big alternative saved by David de Gea on the ground earlier than blazing one other effort over earlier than half-time, however he responded with the opener on 65 minutes by heading in from shut vary after a slick transfer from the hosts.
Substitute Callum Wilson then put the icing on the cake, heading in a second from a set-piece with three minutes to go to deliver Champions League soccer subsequent season slightly nearer to St James’ Park.
In reality, the Magpies ought to have put extra previous Erik ten Hag’s facet, who began Marcus Rashford after he missed worldwide responsibility with England however solely managed one shot on course in a limp show.
The outcome additionally means Manchester United may slide right down to fifth within the Premier League desk ought to Tottenham keep away from defeat at Everton on Monday Evening Soccer, although Spurs would have performed two video games greater than their top-four rivals.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities after the sport, Ten Hag branded the guests’ efficiency as “not adequate” as they “created nothing”.
“I hate to say it, they had been higher at the moment,” he mentioned. “Particularly in willpower, ardour and need. They needed to win extra this week. In order that they received.
“We had our alternatives however then it’s a must to go for aim with the willpower they did. It wasn’t adequate. We allowed them too many possibilities. Previously we had been higher. You must be hungry, give every thing, each sport.
“We didn’t break them. That’s the conclusion, we didn’t create good possibilities. Finest probability is for Anthony Marital on the equaliser. Not adequate.”
Willock went from zero…
… to hero!
How the Magpies flew into third
How Newcastle failed to search out the web within the first half was anybody’s guess. Howe’s facet dominated proceedings as Manchester United didn’t document a shot on course earlier than half-time for the primary time this season.
Sean Longstaff had the primary probability of the afternoon as he took down Alexander Isak’s knockdown within the field properly however miskicked his effort from 12 yards out.
Newcastle: Pope (6); Trippier (7), Schar (7), Botman (8), Burn (7); Longstaff (7), Guimaraes (8), Willock (8); Murphy (6), Isak (7), Saint-Maximin (8)
Subs: Joelinton (7), Gordon (7), Wilson (n/a), Anderson (n/a)
Man Utd: De Gea (8); Dalot (5), Varane (6), Martinez (6), Shaw (5); McTominay (6), Sabitzer (6), Fernandes (5); Antony (5), Weghorst (4), Rashford (4)
Subs: Sancho, Martial, Fred (n/a), Pellistri (n/a), Lindelof (n/a)
Participant of the match: Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle)
However one of the best probability of the half got here on 16 minutes, when Isak headed Jacob Murphy’s cross goalwards from six yards out. De Gea parried the trouble solely so far as the onrushing Willock, whose rebounded effort bounced off the Man United goalkeeper and away.
Newcastle saved the strain on for many of the first half, seeing Murphy blaze over, whereas Isak was denied by a powerful block by the recovering Raphael Varane from contained in the field.
Longstaff tried his luck from 20 yards out, his fierce strike whistling simply over De Gea’s prime nook, and Willock then wasted a second gilt-edged probability of the sport.
Allan Saint-Maximin, who precipitated the precise hand facet of the visiting defence all types of issues all afternoon, went on a mazy run earlier than pulling the ball again to the Newcastle midfielder, who was leaning again as he fired over from an analogous place to his first probability.
In the meantime, Manchester United’s solely notable efforts from the primary half got here from Wout Weghorst hitting the facet netting early on and Antony acrobatically volleyed over from a nook when an easier end was on.
The guests lastly registered a shot on course as Antony curled an effort straight at Nick Pope – nevertheless it wasn’t lengthy till Newcastle discovered their deserved opener.
An excellent transfer noticed Isak feed Bruno Guimaraes on the precise wing, the Brazilian then clipping a ball to Saint-Maximin on the again submit.
The Frenchman nodded again for Willock to lastly break De Gea’s resistance, sending St James’ Park into raptures.
The Magpies got here near a second aim when substitute Joelinton compelled De Gea to tip onto the bar, with Fabien Schar heading the rebound onto the submit.
Then got here some kind of life from the guests. Fernandes’ lengthy ball forwards noticed Anthony Martial teed up within the field, however the substitute’s effort was deflected simply extensive with Pope wrong-footed.
One other substitute, Victor Lindelof, headed over the ensuing nook as United’s replacements supplied extra risk than their starters had all sport
However Newcastle ended up getting that result-sealing second, as Wilson nodded in Trippier’s supply late on.
Newcastle gamers get the revenge they needed
Chatting with Sky Sports activities after the match, a number of Newcastle gamers spoke concerning the reduction of getting revenge for dropping the Carabao Cup closing to Manchester United 35 days earlier.
“It’s actually particular,” mentioned defender Dan Burn concerning the win. “For a very long time, we’ve at all times disliked Manchester United. We’ve owed them one this season, so it was good to get the win at the moment.
“As a Newcastle fan we had been determined to get the win. Over the seasons this [fixture] has at all times been one the place we need to beat Manchester United.”
“I really feel like we owed them one after the cup closing,” added goalscorer Willock. “We didn’t take that frivolously so we got here out and caught to our sport plan. It’s a giant three factors.
“Shedding a cup closing hurts lots you recognize? So we took that anger into this sport. From the beginning, we dominated play. I may have even scored extra and was disillusioned to not are available with a aim or two.”
Even opposition supervisor Ten Hag may sense Newcastle’s need to get revenge.
“I noticed with them a need, they needed revenge they usually bought it,” mentioned the Manchester United supervisor. “We have now to go away it behind, it’s a setback and [we need to] be taught from this lesson about ardour and need.”
Participant of the match: Bruno Guimaraes
It was billed because the battle of the Brunos – and the Newcastle one got here out on prime.
Each Guimaraes and Fernandes ended up with precisely the identical quantity of touches within the sport – nevertheless it was what the gamers did with and with out the ball that mattered.
The Newcastle midfielder put within the excellent all-round show that earned him man-of-the-match. He received 4 occasions as many balls in the course of the park than Fernandes and accomplished extra closing third passes and take-ons than anybody on the pitch.
And the Brazilian’s involvement in Joe Willock’s first aim for Newcastle of their 2-0 win over Manchester United can’t be overstated.
Taking linking up properly with Alexander Isak earlier than placing in a pleasant second help, it summed up how Guimaraes is on the centre of every thing good that Newcastle do.
It was a second on Sunday that Fernandes may solely watch on and dream of. Manchester United lacked ardour and willpower at St James Park – that’s in response to their very own supervisor and left-back. A reminder that Fernandes was the one sporting the armband…
The stats that present the dominance
Newcastle had 22 photographs on the Manchester United aim in comparison with simply six in the other way.
Manchester United didn’t register a shot on course within the first half for the primary time this season.
Newcastle produced an anticipated objectives tally of three.57, the best xG tally towards Erik ten Hag’s facet this season, whereas Manchester United managed simply 0.43.
Manchester United produced simply 93 sprints, in comparison with Newcastle’s 136.
- Manchester United have failed to attain in three consecutive Premier League video games for a seventh time, and for the primary time since February 2020.
Newcastle now embark on a run of three difficult away days, beginning at West Ham on Wednesday evening, kick-off 8pm.
The Magpies then go to Brentford and Aston Villa on the next two Saturdays, earlier than internet hosting Tottenham on April 23, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
Manchester United, alternatively, have their subsequent three matches at dwelling.
Brentford are the guests to Outdated Trafford on Wednesday evening, kick-off 8pm, whereas Everton and Sevilla – the latter arriving for the Europa League quarter-final – can even go to the Theatre of Desires within the subsequent 10 days.