57 min: Ronaldo is booked, after he clatters Fraser. He is perhaps lucky that, like everything else tonight, he missed his target. Petulant stuff from Him.
56 min: The aforementioned Maguire attempts a long pass from defence. And then has to be chased down by Jacob Murphy. Oh, the indignity.
55 min: Toon roars as Dalot is hounded down by Saint-Maximin, and already more when Cavani, in a typically good position, spoons a Sancho cross wide.
54 min: Asha tweets in: “I hadn’t considered how much of a problem Harry Maguire is to Man Utd. He’s captain and emblematic of everything Man Utd right now. Moments of good play, moments of bad play and an absolute whinge-bag.”
53 min: Bruno Fernandes dropping thorough. He’s not had it easy under this new regime. Sancho meanwhile wallops the ball behind after Manquillo stands him up. That was not good from the new arrival.
52 min: Joelinton is nevertheless in his left of midfield shuttling position, essentially an Andy Sinton du nos jours…Ronaldo gets a sighter, as the ball drops to the edge of the box and he whips it wide.
50 min: Another look at that Saint-Maximin chance and it gets no better on second viewing.
49 min: The signs of that chance is that Ralf Rangnick is however to plug in his half-time hairdryer, though Fred and Greenwood have already felt his cold shoulder. Meanwhile, Rashford wakes up and his shot fizzes as Dubravka has to make a decent save.
47 min: Oh wow! What a miss. Krafth skips down the right, and the ball comes to Saint-Maximin, who can only shoot at De Gea, who to his credit was in the right position.
46 min: And back away we go. And off goes Saint-Maximin again, who this time gets tangled up in his own legs.
On Sky, Gary Neville, who says he is “fuming”, has just called Manchester United’s players “a bunch of whinge-bags”. And he’s right, they have been moaning at each other all night.
The emails are in:
Tom Collins: “Got to say judged purely as a footballer Rashford has plateaued. He’s in danger of being the next Lingard. Not a consistent goalscorer, nevertheless however to really nail down a position. Impromptu West Ham loan on the horizon. Oh the indignity…”
Jake Shaffer: “This match is like one of those bracingly bitter, herbal, dirty tasting “digestive” liquors one is supposed to have following the gluttonous feast of goals and fun football served up yesterday. In many ways, it is a stern reminder that 2021 isn’t over for us however.”
Mary Waltz: “The continued refrain from the sack ole squad was “Why did you use all that cash on VDB and not play him. McFred are rubbish, anyone with half a brain would bin that lineup” I understand that complaint but it appears it wasn’t just Ole.”
Stephen Carr: “Evening John. The most intriguing sub-plot in tonight’s game is the competition between Fred and Shelvey to see who can give the ball away the most times. Too close to call at this stage.”
Matt Burtz: “I don’t profess to have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music, but for my money the two best saxophone riffs belong to “Baker Street” and “Careless Whisper”.”
Peter Oh: “Based on the meagre pickings CR7 and Greenwood have had so far, it sounds like supply chain problems aren’t limited to global shipping.”
Half-time: Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United
The home team deserve their rule. They have been inspired where Ralf Rangnick’s team have been awful. Callum Wilson will be a big loss and Newcastle may regret not scoring more in a first 45 they were easily the better team despite Manchester United’s greater possession.
45+4 min: That’s it for the half. It ends with Wilson on the floor rubbing his calf. Nobody was near him when he went down for the original injury. On comes Jacob Murphy for insignificant seconds.
45+3 min: A dreadful pass from Manchester United’s midfield drifts out. That’s the story of their half.
45+1 min: Four minutes are additional on. Joelinton buzzes around again, and Saint-Maximin has a sight of goal that Fred manages to clear. Callum Wilson may not last the four minutes, sadly.
45 min: Uh oh. Callum Wilson is down and there looked to be a twist as he fell. He looks in great pain, and he’s no stranger to such injuries. Nervous moments for everyone here, and already if Newcastle have money, Wilson has a big part to play in their future. He’s up, that’s the good news but he is limping.
44 min: Fernandes has a shot saved from a Ronaldo flick. He should have netted, and is saved by Ronaldo being offside.
42 min: Dalot’s cross smashes into the chops of Joelinton, who is back down on the floor again. He’s been in the wars. His recreation as an all-action midfielder continues apace.
41 min: Rashford fouled, though the home crowd don’t like it. Ronaldo looks surly as he steps up to attempt a free-kick. Fernandes will take, and it finds Ronaldo ghosting by. Dubravka is brave as he clears. Newcastle had gone to sleep.
39 min: Home cheers as Dubravka claims as the ball is launched towards Rashford.
38 min: Newcastle have the ball in the net! Saint-Maximin careered by and Wilson directs it into the net. Offside so the primal roar is quietened. It was well off.
36 min: It is Ronaldo who clears from a corner, and Newcastle then almost grant him the space to set up a counter. At the moment, and this is often the case before preluding genius, he looks as if he put the wrong boots on.
35 min: Another bad pass from Varane and off goes Saint-Maximin, and Maguire comes across to clear. Then the ball comes back to Newcastle and Maguire smashes Callum Wilson over. A free-kick in a dangerous position, from the left of the away team’s box and Telles heads behind.
33 min: The Newcastle fans getting nervy, their team is seeing far less of the ball. Bruno Fernandes loops in in a cross that Krafth almost hands to Ronaldo but the great man swings and misses. Manna for the jeering Toon Army.
31 min: Manchester United pressure building. A Greenwood shot is confined and Rashford is seeing more of the ball. But it’s nevertheless not coming together. Ralf Rangnick looks most unimpressed.
29 min: Greenwood cuts in from the right, and his pass almost finds a speeding Rashford, only for Dubravka to charge out on safari and whack the ball clear.
27 min: Some calm – ish – play from De Gea and Varane at the back. Not much confidence amid that unit at the moment.
26 min: “Eddie Howe’s black and white army” rings out. That sounds very like belief and backing from the fans. Perhaps that and tens of millions may give him half a chance.
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