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Newcastle caused a huge upset by defeating Manchester United 1-0 at home on Super Sunday. A great goal from debutant Matty Longstaff was enough to hand Steve Bruce’s side a huge three points.

The Red Devils desperately needed three points but walk away with nothing but embarrassment as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men fail to resurrect their miserable form.

Despite their poor run of performances, Newcastle were underdogs and were 3/1 to win.

Both teams were slow out the box as they tried to gain some momentum and settle into the game. Manchester United controlled possession in the opening exchanges but it was the Magpies who had the opening chance of the game.

Summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin showcased his brilliant dribbling as he breezed past three United players but dragged his effort from 25 yards wide of the post.

Following on from that half chance, the fixture became a lethargic affair as the Red Devils dominated possession but struggled to create chances without star midfielder Paul Pogba. Steve Bruce’s side sat back and absorbed the pressure as they looked to hit United on the counter.

Their strategy was inches from working with Premier League debutant Matty Longstaff hitting the crossbar in the 27th minute. Having won the ball back, Newcastle launched a brilliant counter-attack via Miguel Almirón.  The ball eventually landed at Longstaff’s feet who struck a crisp effort from outside the box which hit the top of the crossbar.

Newcastle had another superb chance following on from Longstaff’s shot just two minutes later. Fabian Schär headed over from a Sean Longstaff corner that he should have put on target.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side continued to have the bigger share of possession but once again failed to create of note. And once again, Newcastle hit them on the counter. This time, Matty Longstaff played a brilliant over the top pass to Almirón but his effort was blocked by Harry Maguire.

United managed to muster up a late shot on target via Andreas Pereira’s effort from distance that landed straight into the keeper’s hands. However, they did have a guilt-edged opportunity to open the scoring in the final minute of the half.

Maguire, known for his sensational aerial threat, was left wide open in the box from a corner but mistimed his header from five yards out.

The second half began and nothing looked to have changed as Newcastle continued showing their attacking intent. Almirón dragged a shot well wide after a great counter-attack as the Red Devils continue to look susceptible to Newcastle’s pace up front.

Steve Bruce brought on Andy Caroll to a rousing reception and the towering attacker nearly made an instant impact. The striker headed just over midway through the second half having beaten Axel Tuanzabe to the ball.

Newcastle constant barrage of attacks paid off later in the half. In the 72nd minute, the Magpies launched another quick counter and after some brilliant footwork from Jetro Willems, the ball was played to Matty Longstaff. The debutant capped off a dream debut with a goal as he drove the ball home past a flailing de Gea.

Solskjær’s side mentality immediately shifted and started to show a sense of urgency. Marcos Rojo headed over an Ashley Young free-kick just two minutes after they conceded.

Substitute Mason Greenwood also had a header five minutes before the final whistle. He did manage to put on target, however, it was easily saved by Martin Dúbravka.

It ended up being the final decent chance United had and thus leave St. James’ Park with no points.

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