Joelinton of Newcastle United United

Mik Bowers. Dazn Bet’s very own football fanatic, and unashamed Man-U fan, brings us regular highlights of his favourite games. If you’ve missed the game, or just want a reminder, then Mik’s got you covered. Focusing mainly on FA Cup, The Premier League and occasional games from the major European tournaments, Mik gives us his thoughts on the matches.

A tale of two United’s

Newcastle take the spoils

Newcastle take 3 points at home to a very average Manchester United who could have, more or less, cemented their place in the top 3 for this season

Newcastle, who were sitting 5th in the premiership league table before the game, played host to Manchester, sitting 3rd and only 3 points clear (having played the same number of games) which made this for an exciting, yet important, Premiership fixture for both teams

Newcastle had the distinct advantage, playing in front of the very passionate North East home crowd and the crowd certainly played their part

Newcastle leap-frogged United with this win which now puts the North East outfit 3rd with United in 4th on goal difference

If Manchester Utd are going to finish in the top 3 of the league this year, then this isn’t the way to do it. United have failed to score or win in the last three premiership games since beating Leicester in February

Eric Ten Hag, the Manchester United manager, who took time to mold his current squad of players, made a couple of changes to the team who could only draw at home to Southampton last week but the incoming players didn’t really make that much difference. Scott McTominay, who scored a brace for Scotland last weekend, wasn’t really in this game and Marcel Sabitzer, failed to influence

Newcastle United's Kieran Trippier and Manchester United's Luke Shaw

Manchester not good enough

Luke Shaw commented on BBC Sport that the result was “unacceptable” and “nowhere near good enough” ( Newcastle United 2-0 Manchester United: Red Devils must qualify for Champions League, says Luke Shaw – BBC Sport)

Manchester are obviously missing a couple of key players in Casemiro and Erikson, but the team fielded should have been enough to see off Newcastle, who they beat in the EFL Cup final in February

Newcastle played the better football and had several chances in the first half but failed to get passed the in form David De Gea, who made several fine saves from Joe Willock and Alexander Isak

Wout Weghorst had United’s only real chance of the first half but put the ball wide of the net

Manchester were lucky to go into the half time break level but it was only a matter of time before Newcastle would break down the United defense

Newcastle United's Joe Willock

Newcastle style

United swapped a couple of players on the stroke of the hour and 3 minutes later Newcastle took the lead

A great cross from Man of the Match Bruno Guimaraes was headed back across goal at the far post from Allan Saint-Maximin. It was a simple nod in for Joe Willock, who was in the right place at the right time

Three wins from three and nine points puts Newcastle above Manchester and this could help secure Newcastle’s first top 4 finish and European qualification for the first time since 2002/03

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle could have won by a bigger margin if not for De Gea with Joelinton going close and Schar having a shot cleared off the line. Newcastle were definitely the classier team and played a lot more stylish football and created far more chances. The Newcastle goalkeeper, Nick Pope, not having much to do at all

United waited till the 82 minute to throw all their substitutes on but by this time it was too late. Five minutes later Newcastle secured the win with a goal from one of their subs, Callum Wilson, who had been on the pitch around 7 minutes

Some could argue ETH (Eric Ten Hag) got his team and substitutions wrong. Maybe Eddie Howe and Newcastle just got theirs right?

Verdict

Newcastle fully deserved this home win. They were the better team, played the better football and looked as though they wanted the win far more than the Manchester United team fielded. United need a captain who is going to drag his team by the scruff of the neck to win these important fixtures. I’m not sure the out of form Fernandes or the unused sub McGuire are United’s answer, but whatever it is, Ten Hag has to sort it quickly if Manchester are to play top class European football next season