Newcastle United couldn’t contain Cristiano Ronaldo in a 4-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, but they couldn’t be accused of lying down and accepting defeat. At times the Magpies hurt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
There were concerns pre-match that Steve Bruce’s team would go into their shell and not show any attacking intent at the Theatre of Dreams.
But that was far from the case. Newcastle always posed a threat on the counter-attack and if the likes of Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff had shown more composure, then it could have been a different story.
Alan Shearer speaks his mind
After drawing level, Newcastle fans were hoping that their side could go on and spoil Ronaldo’s homecoming.
But the Red Devils’ returning number seven had different ideas. Only Norwich City sit below Newcastle in the table and the Magpies have conceded more Premier League goals than any other side.
Speaking on Match of the Day last night, Alan Shearer spoke openly and passionately about where he feels his old club is currently at.
Shearer said: “I hate what my club is or has become. It’s been a long time now. It’s a hollow and empty football club. There is no hope or ambition and I’m pretty sick of it to be honest, it’s just copy, paste and repeat every season.”
Fans deserve better
Like the entire fanbase, Shearer is frustrated by the continuous stagnation from which the club has suffered under the stewardship of Mike Ashley.
Fans wouldn’t have expected to come away from Old Trafford with any points, but with clashes against Leeds United, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers to follow, the longer it goes without securing the first three points of the season, the doom and gloom surrounding the club will deepen.
There were positives to take from yesterday’s performance, but like Shearer states the club is in a desperate need of an injection of ambition.