Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has reacted to the Magpies’ 4-1 loss to Manchester United on Twitter.
Despite a positive first half, Newcastle collapsed late on like they have so many times under Steve Bruce.
We actually could have gone ahead in the first half had we been a bit more clinical in the final third.
But the day was all about Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice on his Red Devils return. Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard both scored stunners as well to put the gloss on a fairly routine win for Manchester United.
Newcastle were encouraging at times though. They showed a willingness to get forward, with Miguel Almiron the star performer in black and white.
Sean Longstaff was also impressive in centre midfield.
‘Plenty of positives’ for Alan Shearer vs Manchester United
After the game, Shearer paid tribute to Ronaldo, but was also complimentary about his former club.
Regarding the Magpies he wrote: “Plenty of positives for NUFC to take from that.”
There certainly were positives, but it was still another appalling result. To crumble like we did late on was very poor. And it’s happened far too many times during Bruce’s tenure.
The result leaves us second bottom with just a single point on the board.
While there were positive moments, it is not enough to appease supporters. Once again there were chants of ‘we want Brucey out’ from the Toon Army.
Newcastle will now be under huge pressure to get a result against Leeds on Friday night. Underneath the lights at St James’ Park, it could be a toxic atmosphere if things go wrong.
There will be no distractions on Friday. It won’t be the Ronaldo show anymore. We can’t be talking about positives next week. We need to be talking about winning points.