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Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd: Matty Longstaff scores winner on debut

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Matty Longstaff
At 19 years and 199 days, Matty Longstaff is the youngest player to score on his Premier League debut for Newcastle

Steve Bruce hopes Newcastle's victory over Manchester United "is the turning point" as his side moved out of the Premier League relegation zone and continued his former club's troublesome season.

Matty Longstaff, 19, capped an impressive top-flight debut with the winning goal, drilling home a low finish from outside the box to leave the Red Devils just two points above the bottom three and with two wins this season.

Longstaff, playing in midfield alongside brother Sean, could have scored in the first half but rattled the crossbar with a thunderous 25-yard drive, while Fabian Schar flicked a header narrowly over from a corner.

On his 400th game in charge in the Premier League, the result ended Bruce's long wait for a win over Manchester United, with whom he won three top-flight titles as a player.

Bruce said: "All you can do is answer your critics by getting a result. We knew this run was going to be difficult. I hope this is the turning point.

"I have waited something like 20 years for a result against United.

"To beat a club of Manchester United's size is always a special thing. Considering the start we've had and the teams we've played, eight points - we'll accept it."

Bruce was unhappy that his team had been leaked in the newspapers before the game, adding: "I know I am not going to be everyone's cup of tea but the nonsense that flies around is insulting. Hopefully this helps the cause."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side looked bereft of ideas in front of goal: Andreas Pereira's curling strike was comfortable for Martin Dubravka, while Harry Maguire nodded a free header wide from four yards.

The visitors' tally of nine points after eight games is their lowest since the 1989-90 season, when they were a point worse off.

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These two Uniteds had some tremendous title tussles during the 1990s, but the situation is much different these days with both sets of fans deeply unhappy with their respective owners.

Though big money was spent in the summer - Newcastle signing striker Joelinton for a club record £40m and their opponents bringing in defender Maguire for £80m - both face the prospect of a difficult season.

The Magpies are fighting to remain in the top flight and while the Red Devils are attempting to claim a European place, they find themselves in 12th place in the table.

They last won away from home in the league in February and extended that run to eight games with another lifeless and uninspiring showing.

Their defence has improved from last term, conceding eight times so far which is the third-best record in the division, but it is in attack where the major problems lie.

Solskjaer's men failed to get a single shot on target against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday and again struggled to carve out clear-cut chances in the final third, the best opportunity falling to Maguire, who should have converted his close-range header in the first half.

Playmaker Juan Mata contributed little, while in attack Marcus Rashford received no service in a side that has not scored more than one goal in a game since hitting four against Chelsea on the opening weekend.

Magpies much improved

Beating Manchester United is special - Bruce

Newcastle boss Bruce had tried and failed to beat his old employers as a Premier League manager on 21 previous occasions… but that all changed with this result.

His job was under scrutiny after a 5-0 capitulation at Leicester in their previous game, but Newcastle's first home win of the campaign moves them up to 16th place.

Bruce gave a first top-flight start to Longstaff and his impressive showing was rewarded with a delightful goal.

Longstaff did not look out of place alongside his older brother, making more passes (39) than any team-mate and contributing in defence by winning the ball back four times.

He told BBC Sport: "I think getting to play with Sean was unbelievable. We used to kick each other in the garden growing up so to be on the same team, for our hometown club, and to win against Manchester United, who are a good side, is a bit surreal.

Solskjaer 'very disappointed' by loss

"I found out I was in the team after training yesterday. Your belly starts to turn a bit, you get a bit nervous and then you don't sleep much. I dreamed about it last night, this is kind how it of went."

Bruce said: "They [the Longstaffs] are a very proud family. For one of your sons to be playing, let alone the two - and 19 and 21 years old - it's something else.

"When it fell to him [Matty], I thought I've seen him drill them in in training but to do it on the big stage...

"He's been a breath of fresh air. He just wants to play football. I thought who's this ginger kid when we were in China. He's been good in training.

"It didn't faze him. He enjoyed it. He probably didn't sleep well last night. He won't get much sleep again tonight. It's quite a story. I've been going 20 odd years and not been able to beat Manchester United and he's done it straight away."

The lively Allan Saint-Maximin dragged a shot wide, Miguel Almiron continues to seek his first goal for the club as a low shot was brilliantly blocked by Maguire, and substitute Andy Carroll steered a diving header over the bar.

Man of the match - Matty Longstaff (Newcastle)

Matty Longstaff
A dream debut for Longstaff and could have had two goals

Bruce's milestone - the stats

  • Man Utd have won just nine points from their eight Premier League games this season - their lowest total after the first eight games of a league season since 1989-90 (8 pts).
  • Man Utd are winless in their last eight away league games (D3, L5) - their longest such run in the top-flight since September 1989 (11 games).
  • Steve Bruce took charge of his 400th Premier League game, the seventh manager to reach this milestone. He's only the fourth manager to win on his 400th game in the competition (also David Moyes, Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger).
  • Manchester United have won just two of their last 13 Premier League games (D5, L6).
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won his first nine away games in all competitions as Man Utd manager, since then he's won none of his last 11 (D4 L7).
  • Matty Longstaff became the youngest player to score on his Premier League debut for Newcastle United (19y 199d).
  • Matty Longstaff became the second youngest player to score a winning goal against Man U in the Premier League, after Jermain Defoe (19y 62d in December 2001 for West Ham).
  • No Man Utd player had more touches in the opposition box (4) or attempted more shots (3) versus Newcastle than defender Harry Maguire.

What next?

After the international break, Newcastle travel to Chelsea on 19 October (kick-off 15:00 BST), while it does not get any easier for Manchester United, who host unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool the following day (16:30).



Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Dubravka
  • 22YedlinBooked at 15mins
  • 5SchärBooked at 47mins
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 15Willems
  • 24AlmirónBooked at 65minsSubstituted forKrafthat 90'minutes
  • 43M Longstaff
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forAtsuat 83'minutes
  • 9JoelintonSubstituted forCarrollat 56'minutes


  • 3Dummett
  • 7Carroll
  • 8Shelvey
  • 12Gayle
  • 17Krafth
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 20DalotSubstituted forRojoat 60'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 5Maguire
  • 18YoungSubstituted forChongat 86'minutes
  • 39McTominayBooked at 30mins
  • 17FredBooked at 3mins
  • 15Pereira
  • 8MataSubstituted forGreenwoodat 66'minutes
  • 21James
  • 10Rashford


  • 16Rojo
  • 22Romero
  • 26Greenwood
  • 28Gomes
  • 31Matic
  • 44Chong
  • 53Williams
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Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamMan Utd
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Manchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Manchester United 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Emil Krafth (Newcastle United).

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Emil Krafth replaces Miguel Almirón.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tahith Chong (Manchester United).

  6. Post update

    Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tahith Chong (Manchester United).

  8. Post update

    Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Tahith Chong replaces Ashley Young.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Allan Saint-Maximin.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

  16. Booking

    Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jetro Willems.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United).


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