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What Bruno Guimaraes did to Allan Saint-Maximin during Manchester City defeat

Bruno Guimaraes showed his incredible character during Newcastle’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The Magpies got battered at the Etihad. Absolutely battered. They barely got close to an angry Man City side that was looking to bounce back after their Champions League heartache.

They certainly did that, taking complete control of the Premier League title race.

Even with Bruno, Allan Saint-Maximin, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson on the pitch, Newcastle were unable impose themselves on Man City. There’s no shame in that – Pep Guardiola has produced a world class team.

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Newcastle are a long way away from their level, but are going in the right direction. And Bruno is proof of that.

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With Newcastle 3-0 down, Saint-Maximin hit the deck following a challenge from Joao Cancelo, who gave him a torrid time all afternoon. The referee gave nothing and waved play on. The Frenchman was left frustrated, bemoaning another decision going against him.

This wasn’t caught by the Sky Sports cameras, but the Athletic state that Bruno then picked Saint-Maximin up and put him back on his feet.

The message was simple – let’s get on with it and try and get back into this game.

They didn’t, but that’s not the point.

Newcastle United have acquired a born-winner in Bruno Guimaraes. He isn’t petulant or temperamental – he gets on with the game and does whatever he can to help the club and his teammates.

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Saint-Maximin can be the difference for Newcastle, but he wasn’t going to change anything on the floor. So Bruno reportedly dragged him up as the game carried on.

It’s a small moment like this that proves we’ve signed a player with the right mentality. The Brazilian was a bit of a coup in January when you consider his ability on the ball. He’s our best midfielder for a long time.

But he appears to be the right kind of character too. He has a winning mentality and puts the team first. He has high standards and expects the same from those around him.

Bruno is a special player, and it’s incredibly exciting to say he’s a Newcastle United player.

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