At the moment, this is probably Newcastle’s type of game. It’s sloppy, a little stop-start, and the last third isn’t really good. When attacking, United has had low precision. There is occasionally some room to play in midfield, but not very frequently. You think Newcastle will benefit from this at the moment because they want to slow down the game and make it more of a tussle.
That is a terrific opportunity for any striker, but Weghorst again missed the target. Although it is a win for Karius, it won’t exactly inspire him on the day of his quest for atonement.
Newcastle has occasionally played more while United has been more reserved. Bruno Guimaraes has already had a significant impact, and as soon as United put their own Brazilian midfielder in possession of the ball, Newcastle’s chances vanished. Although Dalot and Antony haven’t exactly clicked as a right-sided pairing, they have so far shown promise.
Newcastle is off to a relatively assured start. Almiron and Wilson were in a nice spot, with Saint-Maximin looking up and already running at Dalot and Varane, with Joelinton doing well with the ball in midfield. They were always going to get out to a fast start, so United probably simply needs to hang in there, get their footing, and try to take the initiative.
There were no unexpected positional alterations for United today. They have occasionally made Newcastle’s defence nervous, and Weghorst’s first pass was one of his sharpest passes while wearing a United jersey. They were alarmingly exposed for Newcastle’s breakaway, and it has occurred before this year.
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