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Newcastle vs Man United: Longstaff’s lone strike sinks Red Devils at St. James Park

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– Newcastle vs Man United EPL clash ended in disappointment for Red Devils

– Matthew Longstaff scored the only goal to hand the home team second Premier League win

– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are now 12th on the table with nine points after eight matches

Matthew Longstaff’s solitary goal was the difference as struggling Newcastle stunned Man United 1-0 in a tough Premier League clash at St. James Park to win.

United went into the encounter in search of a win to boost their already slim-looking hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

The Red Devils got their campaign off a flying start, but a string of unconvincing results have left some fans questioning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s suitability for the managerial role.

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Ahead of the Newcastle trip, Solskjaer had a raft of injury concerns to contend with, as Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly all missed the tie.

T.he Norwegian nonetheless paraded a strong side, with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James all starting upfront.

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However, the attackline could not break the Magpies’ defence that held on to claim maximum points to ease pressure on Steve Bruce.

United came closest to scoring the opener in the 41st minute through Harry Maguire, but the Englishman missed a sitter after shooting wide.

The second half of the match saw both sides start aggressively, with James coming close to breaking the deadlock in the 58th minute.

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Longstaff went on to bag the opener on his Premier League debut in the 72nd minute, firing past a helpless David De Gea.

The visitors were unable to find an equaliser, as the home side held on to cart away all the three points.

The Brazilian scored the only goal of the game through a superb header in the ninth minute after connecting with a Nicolas Pepe’s precise corner from the right flank.

His goal came barely two months after joining the Europa league finalists from Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

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