A match against a returning Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United was always going to be a daunting prospect for Newcastle United.

But the last thing they would have wanted to do was gift Ronaldo the opener, especially on the stroke of half-time.

Mason Greenwood’s strike took a slight deflection off Ciaran Clark, but Freddie Woodman failed to collect the shot cleanly and Ronaldo tapped home.

Tough on Freddie Woodman

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League
(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Woodman would have envisaged yesterday’s clash going differently. He would have probably been dreaming all week about the possibility of thwarting Ronaldo on his big day.

But instead it was the 24-year-old’s mistake which handed the 36-year-old one of the easiest goals of his career.

After Javier Manquillo made it 1-1, Ronaldo beat Woodman for the second time with a left-footed strike which went between the goalkeeper’s legs.


Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard completed the 4-1 rout, which meant that Woodman has now conceded the most goals in the Premier League so far (BBC Sport).

Taking ownership

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League
(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Woodman hasn’t shirked responsibility for yesterday’s error – he has accepted it, held his hands up and vowed to learn from it.

He posted on Instagram: “Tough day at the office yesterday. Never been one to avoid responsibility, hold my hands up, wasn’t good enough. Life of a goalkeeper. Important now to learn and react in the right way.”

It’s refreshing to see the goalkeeper take ownership and admit it was his fault.

Could Karl Darlow be reinstated?

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League
(Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

With Karl Darlow back on the bench yesterday after recovering from coronavirus, Woodman could find himself looking over his shoulder and out of the side if Steve Bruce decides to recall the more experienced Darlow.

But after vowing to learn from his mistake, it’s only fair that Bruce sticks by Woodman and gives him an opportunity to repay the faith shown in him.

Have something to tell us about this article?