Andy Carroll came on in the 55th minute and made an immediate difference in the Newcastle side. Manchester United had started to come into the game and were the more threatening side in the early stages of the second half.
However, Andy’s physical presence was a problem Manchester United had to contend with. He flung himself about and put in a passionate performance.
Joelinton had suffered a knock during practice on Friday and may have been feeling the effects of that. He again was isolated and didn’t get much to work with. Besides a few nice touches and passes, he didn’t threaten Manchester United much at all.
When Allan Saint-Maximin made his run for the Matty Longstaff goal, Andy drifted wide to the right. Then Allan found Jetro Willems in the box, and he kept possession brilliantly before laying a perfectly weighted ball for Matty to put past the outstretched hand of David De Gea.
The first player to get to Matty was fellow Geordie Andy Carroll, and the two of them jogged in celebration together. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Of course, Matty’s brother Sean was not far behind screaming away with his arms flailing in unrestrained joy
Andy spoke to nufc.co.uk. after the game, and as you would expect, he is thrilled with Matty’s goal and the win:
“We’re buzzing. I think we deserved it – we were the better team throughout. You couldn’t write Matty’s goal. It’s his first Premier League game alongside his brother against Man United at home, and he’s scored the winner.
“You can’t ask for any better and I’m absolutely delighted for him along with the rest of the lads.
“The lads are buzzing for him. Matty’s a great lad who has worked hard. He’s deserved his start today and kept his head down. He’s grafted since I’ve been here and he deserved his chance and taken it with both hands.”
It was a tough week for everyone associated with the club. While Andy came on late against Leicester when the game was already lost, he still stood up and spoke about how unacceptable of a performance it was for everyone.
We heard a lot from the players about putting it right against Manchester United. It was hard to know what to expect from this Jekyll and Hyde team.
Andy went on to speak about the week leading to this game and how the mood has drastically changed after this big win:
“I think it just shows what we have got in the squad. It was terrible last week and we’ve bounced straight back. We’ve worked very hard all week in training, and it has shown today as we dominated the game.
“It’s important to show what we are about after last week.
“When you play a top team like (Manchester) United, it’s always going to be a tough game but when you haven’t won at home and you’re struggling, like last week, I think it’s a great win all round.
“The morale in the dressing room right now is great and we are buzzing heading into the international break. It’s nice that we can celebrate for a couple of weeks and it eases the pressure on us.
“It’s good going into the international break with a win rather than a defeat.”
Andy is doing exactly what he had hoped when he was brought back to Newcastle. He’s coming on late in games and causing the fatigued defenders a problem with his physicality.
However, Andy has another role to play at this club. It could be one of the most critical roles for this club’s future. Andy should be talking to both Sean and Matty about his career.
He should let them know that leaving Newcastle, even when times are rough at the club, may not be in their best interest. Matty will never feel how he felt today at any other club. Big Andy can let him know all about that.
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