Twitter trolls Manchester United as they lose to Newcastle

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2018

Manchester United will be looking to cement their position in second place with another win when they take on Newcastle United at St James' Park on Sunday.

Newcastle had fallen into the bottom three before kickoff after Huddersfield Town's earlier win over Bournemouth, but they responded with a vibrant display capped by Ritchie's 65th minute effort.

It hasn't been plain sailing, and there has been a lot of distraction at boardroom level with the supposed takeover from Amanda Staveley and PCP Capital Partners blowing hot and cold.

Jose Mourinho is convinced he should win an award this season for being the best-behaved manager in the Premier League this season. Manchester United's manager attempted to divert attention from the deficiencies of his team - and in particular those showcased in central midfield by Paul Pogba - with some extravagant, if fully -warranted, praise of Rafael Benítez and his -relegation threatened squad.

As far as the injury news goes, the United boss confirmed that he will be without defender Daley Blind and Eric Bailly for the trip to Newcastle.

Matt Ritchie's 65th-minute goal consigned the Red Devils to their fifth league defeat of the season.

The result fired Newcastle to the top of the Premiership, three points clear of Liverpool in second.

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Newcastle could hand Islam Slimani his debut if the striker is passed fit having recovered from a thigh injury following his move from Leicester last month.

The incident happened under Mourinho's nose on the touchline and the United manager insisted he had no problem with Pawson's decision.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame; Ritchie, Perez (Hayden, 90), Kenedy (Atsu, 84); Gayle (Joselu, 79).

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Matic (McTominay, 77), Pogba (Carrick, 66), Martial, Lingard (Mata, 66), Sanchez, Lukaku.

The Magpies have won just twice in 2018 and are seriously struggling the build up any kind of momentum.

Without a win in five games, they have twice led only to concede second half goals against both Burnley and Crystal Palace, each game resulting in a disappointing 1-1 draw. Paul Pogba is nearly certain to be restored to the starting lineup after being dropped last weekend, while it remains to be seen which of the available central defenders are now first choice.

United suffered a 2-1 defeat but Chong once again showed why Man Utd fans are excited about his potential.

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