Trying to explain Derby 4 Newcastle 1 was one of your greatest days following Newcastle United

It was 28 years ago today and how do you explain Derby 4 Newcastle 1 was one of your greatest days following Newcastle United…?

Trying to explain Derby 4 Newcastle 1 was one of your greatest days following Newcastle United

It is 28 years to the day since the final scoreline read Derby 4 Newcastle 1.

On 20 April 1992, the Baseball Ground witnessed defeat for Kevin Keegan and his team.

However, this was an absolutely magnificent day to have been a Newcastle fan and to be at the match.

The support for the team was incredible and so were the players, the ones still left on the pitch by the end anyway…

Kevin Keegan’s initial positive impact on results had lessened after taking over in February 1992 from Ardiles,

Newcastle travelled to Derby after four straight defeats (and 13 goals conceded in them) and with three games left, relegation to the third tier was looming.

Derby chasing promotion and by half-time Newcastle were 2-0 down and two men down, plus Terry McDermott sent from the bench.

Despite that, the superb away following never shut up and amazingly we still looked to have a chance.

Gavin Peacock and David Kelly (pictured above) were immense and Peacock pulled it back to 2-1 four minutes after the break. Newcastle threatened an equaliser for 20 minutes only for Liam O’Brien to also get sent off to reduce NUFC to eight mean and goals on 70 and 77 minutes eventually killing us off.

The reception from the fans for the players after the final whistle was something else, Kelly and Peacock so shattered they could hardly walk never mind jog off at the end.

You can see some of the massive away support when Gavin Peacock pulls it back to 2-1 in front of the Newcastle fans but would love to see more footage of the NUFC supporters that day. I am smiling just thinking about it, pride and support in the face of adversity.

David Kelly of course scored THAT goal late on to beat Portsmouth in the next game and then that mad day and 2-1 win at Leicester ensured survival. Kevin Keegan had performed a minor miracle but none of us could have guessed what was to come next…

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United’s Portuguese contingent was on fine form as the Reds downed Newcastle.

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United’s Portuguese contingent was on fine form as the Reds downed Newcastle.

Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to Premier League football with a brace as Manchester United downed Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Portuguese forward netted either side of a Magpies equaliser, before Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard sealed the win with goals late in the second half.

United dominated possession throughout the first half, but Newcastle’s deep, disciplined back five nullified the hosts’ abundant attacking threat. Neither side registered a shot on target in the game’s opening quarter, with United going closest when Raphaël Varane slipped his marker to glance a corner wide of the far post.

With Ronaldo struggling to find time on the ball, his compatriot Fernandes remained United’s greatest attacking threat. His audacious chip from just inside the Newcastle half narrowly cleared the Magpies’ crossbar, a few minutes before his one-two with Jadon Sancho culminated in the latter prodding just wide.

In the end, United’s opening goal required more than a slice of fortune. It came in stoppage time at the end of the first half, when Mason Greenwood skipped off the right to drive an innocuous-looking effort towards Freddie Woodman’s near post. The shot took a deflection on its way through, and the young keeper could only parry it straight to Ronaldo, who tapped in his first United goal in over 12 years.

United had shown occasional defensive frailties in the first half, but Newcastle had lacked the requisite precision to take advantage of them. Not so 10 minutes into the second period, when clumsy defending from Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire enabled the twinkle-toed Allan Saint-Maximin to send Javi Manquillo clean through on goal. From close range, the Spanish wing-back buried the ball inside David de Gea’s far post for 1-1.

Fortunately, it took little over five minutes for the hosts to restore their advantage, with Ronaldo sealing his brace. Some slick passing in United’s midfield bought Shaw the space to drive forward from left-back, before threading through to Ronaldo. It wasn’t the Portuguese forward’s cleanest hit, but the shot bobbled through the legs of Woodman and into the back of the net.

United wrapped up the win with 10 minutes left on the clock, and the third was the pick of the bunch. With the Newcastle defence tiring, Paul Pogba rolled the ball across to Fernandes in space just outside the area. He needed no second invitation to smack a characteristically special arcing shot into the top corner for 3-1. If Ronaldo’s brace had come with a helping hand from Woodman, there was nothing the Newcastle keeper could’ve done about United’s third.

There was still time for United to add a fourth, with Jesse Lingard getting in on the act with a fine finish in stoppage time. The hosts knocked the ball around on the edge of the Newcastle box, before Anthony Martial dummied a Pogba pass into Lingard’s path. The substitute forward curled a superb effort inside the far post, capping a fine win with his first United goal since July 2020.

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Six things we learned as Manchester United beat Newcastle

Six things we learned as Manchester United beat Newcastle

He’s back.

Manchester United have beaten Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace on his second United debut either side of Javier Manquillo’s goal.

Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard completed the scoring as United made it nine goals from two home games this season.

Here is a look at six things we learned from the game…

Looking at the situation through the week, there was no reason to suspect Ronaldo wouldn’t start this game.

But until it was confirmed, there was an element of doubt.

He started the game and had Old Trafford singing his name when he walked out of the tunnel.

The Portuguese superstar took just over 45 minutes to make his mark, scoring with his first clear chance of the game. It was the perfect way to kickstart his second United spell and he is already making a difference.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again went in with the 4-3-3 system he tried at Wolves last time out.

United dominated possession throughout and the formation helped keep the pressure on a Newcastle side who were determined to timewaste from the outset.

The next step for this setup will come when Scott McTominay is fully fit.

The Scotland international’s energy could really bring another dimension to the new plan, which allows Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to influence matters from central areas.

Edinson Cavani made his first appearance of the season at Wolves, but he was not in the squad here.

Solskjaer confirmed pre-match that Cavani has suffered a little knock, which has set his recovery back.

It would have been great for a full Old Trafford to have had the chance to show their appreciation for Cavani, not least for giving up his number seven shirt for Ronaldo.

As it is, he has to wait longer for his first start of the campaign.

There was almost a carbon copy of United’s first home game of the season against Leeds here.

United were in complete control, with the crowd bouncing but then concentration wavered and Newcastle got back into the game.

That’s something of a concern going forward and Solskjaer will want his side to learn how to keep their foot down when the game is going all their way.

That said, just as United did against Leeds, they swiftly responded to the wake-up call and got straight back onto the attack.

Ronaldo strode into space and smashed the ball between the legs of Freddie Woodman to send Old Trafford into raptures.

United were masters at coming from behind in empty stadiums last season.

This year, in front of their own fans, they’re getting second winds in home matches.

It would be better not to let opponents back into the game at all, but once that happened, United responded in perfect fashion.

A combination of Ronaldo being back and a season without fans has sent the atmosphere at Old Trafford to a different level.

The noise was amazing against Leeds but it was even louder here. It’s clear to see the impact it has on the players.

United simply cannot play at a slow tempo with the crowd urging them forward like this.

Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.

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Match report as Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford seal Manchester United victory at St. James Park after Luke Shaw own goal

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Bruno Fernandes made amends for a missed penalty with a spectacular late strike that inspired Manchester United to a 4-1 victory at Newcastle.

A stunning save from goalkeeper Karl Darlow saw Fernandes miss his first penalty in Manchester United colours at the 11th attempt, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looked destined for a draw after Harry Maguire’s header had cancelled out Luke Shaw’s second-minute own goal at St. James’ Park.

But a dominant Manchester United claimed an emphatic victory when Fernandes rifled into the top corner with five minutes remaining, Aaron Wan-Bissaka thumped in his first senior goal and Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time fourth sealed a deserved three points on Tyneside.

Manchester United climb to 14th in the Premier League on six points after their second victory of the season, a point and three places behind Newcastle in 11th.

Newcastle: Darlow (7), Krafth (5), Fernandez (5), Lascelles (5), Lewis (5), Hayden (5), Shelvey (6), Hendrick (5), Saint-Maximin (6), Joelinton (3), Wilson (5).Subs: Schar (6), Fraser (5), Almiron (n/a).Man Utd: De Gea (8), Wan-Bissaka (8), Lindelof (7), Maguire (8), Shaw (7), Fred (6), McTominay (6), Mata (8), Fernandes (7), James (6), Rashford (7).Subs: Matic (n/a), Pogba (6), Van de Beek (6).Man of the Match: Harry Maguire.

Solskjaer demanded a response from Manchester United in their first outing since the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham. What he got was a nightmare start, as Shaw deflected Emil Krafth’s cross past the wrong-footed David de Gea to hand Newcastle the lead inside two minutes.

Manchester United regrouped well after registering their fifth Premier League own goal against Newcastle, and the visitors looked to have restored parity on 19 minutes when Fernandes picked out the top corner following a neat exchange with Juan Mata.

A routine VAR review found Mata had strayed into an offside position in the build-up and the equaliser was chalked off, but Manchester United didn’t have to wait much longer to draw themselves level.

Mata was the architect again, this time picking out Maguire from a corner as the Manchester United captain hauled his side level and drew a line under a challenging week with a towering header into the bottom corner.

Allan Saint-Maximin drew De Gea into action with a near-post drive, and the Spaniard produced an even better stop early in the second half to deny Callum Wilson, clawing the forward’s effort off the line as he tried to turn Saint-Maximin’s cross home on the stretch.

VAR denied Manchester United an equaliser in the first period, but the technology handed them a chance to take the lead for the first time on 58 minutes, as Jamal Lewis was penalised for a challenge on Rashford after referee Craig Pawson consulted the pitchside monitor.

Up stepped Fernandes but, after an orthodox run-up, his firmly-hit spot-kick was brilliantly palmed away by Darlow.

Maguire had a header cleared off the line by Jonjo Shelvey from the resulting corner. With the exception of a Shelvey 20-yard drive, all that stood between the dominant visitors and the lead with the inspired Darlow, who produced a string of saves.

It looked only a matter of time before United made the breakthrough, and the pressure eventually told in a final five-minute flurry.

Fernandes rattled a stunning effort in off the post after linking up with Rashford in the final third, Wan-Bissaka rifled an emphatic drive home at the near post and Rashford wrapped things up with a fourth on the counter in stoppage-time.

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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce: “We were beaten by the better team. The disappointment was we were naïve in the end. Callum Wilson had a big chance, but De Gea pulls off a wonder save. It might have been a bit different.

“The disappointment was that we conceded four in the end, we left wide open spaces in behind us as we know that is you do that against top players it becomes very difficult.”

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Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Great result and great character to come back, led by a very inspirational captain.

“The boys came together really well. They are looking forward to every game. Today I rested a few and they have come on and done the business for us.

“Harry scored and led by example. He showed good character, I am happy for him. He had a couple of difficult weeks since he last played for us.

“The season started for us today. We have come up to the speed of the game and that showed today.”

Newcastle travel to Wolves at 4.30pm on Super Sunday – live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Manchester United head to Paris Saint-Germain for their first Champions League group stage game on Tuesday at 8pm, before hosting Chelsea at 5.30pm on Saturday Night Football – live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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Newcastle United Under-23s were beaten 4-1 against National League North outfit Gateshead in their latest pre-season fixture on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle United

Newcastle United Under-23s were beaten 4-1 against National League North outfit Gateshead in their latest pre-season fixture on Saturday afternoon.

The young Magpies fell behind in the opening stages through former United forward Adam Campbell before Greg Olley, who also began his career at Newcastle’s Academy, doubled the Heed’s advantage.

Chris Hogg’s side halved the deficit shortly after the restart through Dylan Stephenson’s neat finish before the Heed extended their lead through strikes from Cedwyn Scott and substitute Paul Blackett.

Following a 3-1 win at Darlington last week, United’s second-string headed into the friendly contest and faced a Gateshead side containing former Magpies defender Mike Williamson, who spent six years on Tyneside, as well as former Academy players Owen Bailey, Jack Hunter and Louis Storey.

After an even opening, the visitors trailed inside 12 minutes at the Gateshead International Stadium courtesy of Campbell’s clinical finish.

As Charlie Wiggett, who joined the Magpies from Chelsea in June, was dispossessed on the edge of his own penalty area by Olley, the Durham-born forward found Campbell who drilled a fierce, low effort into the bottom right-hand corner.

In the 28th minute, Gateshead extended their lead as Olley turned from provider to goalscorer, racing onto Cedwyn Scott’s through ball, calmly rounding United goalkeeper Will Brown and slotting the ball home despite Wiggett’s attempt to clear off the line.

Newcastle had the ball in the net shortly before the half-time whistle as Stephenson got onto the end of Adam Wilson’s teasing cross into the box but the goal was disallowed as the Blyth-born forward, who netted a brace against Darlington, had strayed into an offside position. 

However, in the 48th minute, Stephenson would not be denied a second time as the teenage striker got his name on the scoresheet, controlling Stan Flaherty’s pass before firing a low, powerful strike past Heed keeper Jacob Chapman into the far right-hand corner.

Gateshead regain their two-goal cushion three minutes later as Scott, a trialist for United’s second-string last term, sprinted onto Olley’s through ball before calmly placing the ball past 16-year-old goalkeeper Max Thompson.

In the 64th minute, the Tynesiders grabbed their fourth goal of the afternoon as Blackett made an instant impact from the bench, racing in behind the United defence before netting with his first touch.

The young Magpies face an away trip to Blyth Spartans on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.30pm BST) in their next pre-season friendly.

Newcastle United Under-23s: Will Brown (Max Thompson 46), Ryan Barrett (Joe Oliver 60), Charlie Wiggett (Oisín McEntee 60), Remi Savage (Brad Cross 73), Matt Bondswell (Josh Scott 73), Lucas De Bolle (Reagan Thomson 73), Jack Young (c) (Rodrigo Vilca 60), Joe White (Stan Flaherty 46), Tom Allan (Niall Brookwell 60), Adam Wilson (Rosaire Longelo 73), Dylan Stephenson (Cameron Ferguson 73).

Photograph courtesy of Jack McGraghan (@GatesheadFC)


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