NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1):

9 DUBRAVKA: Enjoyed a dream debut as he made three crucial saves to ensure Newcastle finished with a clean sheet

8 Yedlin: Performed superbly to keep Sanchez quiet and made a number of crucial blocks and tackles

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9 Lejeune: Had a hand in Newcastle’s goal, and produced a dramatic sliding block from Sanchez to cap a superb defensive display

8 Lascelles: Excellent throughout as he won the physical battle against Lukaku and repelled a series of balls into the box

8 Dummett: Did well against the lively Martial and was nearly always in the right place to get a tackle or block in

8 Shelvey: Produced his best performance for quite a while as he outplayed both Pogba and Matic at the heart of midfield

8 Diame: Has improved markedly in the last few weeks and delivered his best display of the season as he shut down the Man United midfield

7 Ritchie: Held his nerve to slot home his first goal of the season and settle things with a clinical low finish

7 Perez: Ran himself into the ground as he pressed from the front and closed down Man United’s defenders whenever they had the ball

6 Kenedy: Wasn’t a major influence on the game, but used the ball well and tried to run at the visiting defence whenever possible

8 Gayle: Held the ball up excellently and linked effectively with the players around – delivered a crucial touch to set up Ritchie


Subs:

Joselu (for Gayle, 79)

Atsu (for Kenedy, 83)

Hayden (for Perez, 90)

(not used): Darlow (gk), Manquillo, Merino, Murphy.


MAN UNITED (4-2-3-1):

De Gea 6; Valencia 6, Smalling 4, Jones 5, YOUNG 7; Matic 5 (McTominay 77), Pogba 4 (Carrick 66, 6); Martial 5, Lingard 5 (Mata 66, 6), Sanchez 6; Lukaku 5.

Subs (not used): Romero (gk), Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw.


Man Of The Match: MARTIN DUBRAVKA – The Slovakia international was making his first appearance since joining Newcastle from Sparta Prague, and it is hard to imagine how it could have gone any better.