Newcastle United Player Ratings Vs Manchester United - Darlow the hero.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Karl Darlow of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at London Stadium on September 12, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Newcastle United slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in an eventful game at St.James’ Park that saw the Red Devils dominate the game for the most part. The Magpies played well, but a disastrous display during the final stage of the game allowed the visitors to seal a comfortable win, thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Newcastle United Player Ratings Vs Manchester United

Karl Darlow 10/10

Karl Darlow was by far the best player on the pitch, making numerous quality saves throughout the game, including the save from the penalty spot to deny Bruno Fernandes. Unfortunately, he had to soldier on during the final phase of the game after picking up a groin injury.

Emil Krafth 6.5/10

Emil Krafth did his job in the right-back position, providing passes out from the back. A fairly disciplined performance from the Swede. He might even make a strong case for being the most organised defender for Newcastle this evening. Poor marking for the fourth goal, though.

Jamaal Lascelles 4/10

Not the best of games for Jamaal Lascelles who struggled to lead his team by examples. He should have been much more competent in defending the threat of Man United attackers.

Federico Fernandez 6/10

Federico Fernandez did his job as much as he could, using his strong frame to provide solidity at the back. Lacked proper support from Lascelles.

Jamal Lewis 5/10

Jamal Lewis was a mixed bag this evening. His forays down the flanks were inspiring, but the ex-Norwich City star was shocking defensively. Completely failed to keep up with Wan-Bissaka for the third United goal while getting caught out of position more than once.

Isaac Hayden 7/10

Isaac Hayden was unfortunate to pick up an injury early in the second half as he was playing a key role for Newcastle United in breaking Manchester United’s plays from the middle. His energy was crucial in the middle third of the park.

Newcastle United Player Ratings Vs Manchester United - Hayden's injury was the turning point.
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Joelinton 5/10

Not a great game for Joelinton, who was barely involved in the proceedings. The Brazilian should have done much more to get involved and provide more work-ethic going forward.

Jonjo Shelvey 6.5/10

Jonjo Shelvey had a decent game as he worked hard to create turnovers in the middle of the park. He had to lead his team following the substitution of Hayden, and the ex-Liverpool starlet might have preferred a bit more support in midfield. Had a few efforts on goal.

Jeff Hendrick 5/10

Forming the midfield partnership alongside Shelvey, Jeff Hendrick wasn’t as effective as his teammates. One could argue that his substitution could have been made much earlier as the Irishman clearly lacked any sort of creativity.

Allan Saint-Maximin 7.5/10

Allan Saint-Maximin was a spark in the Newcastle United attack, as usual. He was untouchable at times, and had two efforts on goal. The Frenchman is one of the most inspiring attackers in the Premier League.

Callum Wilson 7/10

Callum Wilson wasn’t involved much for most part of the game. But, it was he who provided a physical presence in the final third and showcased excellent hold-up play.

SUBSTITUTES

Fabian Schar 5/10

Replaced the injured Hayden early in the second half, which was really the turning point of the game. The Swiss was not competent enough and lacked the mobility to deal with the Man United midfield.

Ryan Fraser 5/10

A second-half replacement for Joelinton as Steve Bruce opted for a bit more creative essence in the side. Not much success, though.

Miguel Almiron N/A

Replaced Hendrick late in the game but it was too little too late.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.