Thu 2 Nov 2023, 13:46 · Ash Harrison

Manchester United (A) player ratings: Nobody lower than 7 on a fantastic night at Old Trafford

Manchester United (A) player ratings: Nobody lower than 7 on a fantastic night at Old Trafford
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Newcastle United recorded only their second win at Old Trafford in over 40 years last night.

Eddie Howe masterminded a superb 3-0 win over Manchester United in last night’s Carabao Cup tie, making eight changes to the side that faced Wolves at the weekend.

On paper it looked like a strange side with players playing out of position, players making returns after a long layoff, and a very second-string look. Fans were getting a bit nervous.

Nobody needed worry though, as every player whose studs touched that grass played their game brilliantly which resulted in a famous win for the Magpies.

A much-changed starting lineup did the club proud

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There wasn't a poor performance in black and white

Martin Dúbravka – 8

We were a bit nervous when we saw the Slovakian's name on the teamsheet, but we needn't have been. He was solid throughout, saving both of the hosts' efforts on targets and playing out from the back very well with his feet.

Tino Livramento – 9

Dear me, what a player we have on our hands here. He was imperious on his first start against Manchester City in Round Three, and he maintained that level here. The run for the first goal was genuinely world-class. A thing of beauty.

Emil Krafth – 8

On his first start in 15 months, the Swede kept a clean sheet and defended like a lion. Seemed to be there every time the home side had a shooting chance and was rarely troubled by the amusingly lethargic Anthony Martial.

Paul Dummett – 8

It's two starts and two clean sheets for Dummett this season, against both Manchester clubs no less. We joked about an eight-hour round trip to watch Dummett for 90 minutes, but he made us look silly with another tidy display.

Lewis Hall – 8

What a hit for the second and what a way to score a first senior goal. He stood up well to the fidget spinner (Antony) throughout and always tried to progress the ball when in possession. Had some slack moments, but that's to be expected.

Joe Willock – 9

This was Willock's first start of the season, but aside from a few loose touches, it was hard to tell. Scored a brilliant third goal and was a constant threat in his hour on the pitch. When he's fully sharp he's going to be incredible for us.

Sean Longstaff (c) – 8

The boyhood Toon fan being given the captain's armband for such a big game was a lovely touch and he didn't shirk the responsibility. He put in what we'd consider a classic Longy display and almost scored a howitzer of a half-volley late on.

Matt Targett – 6

Poor Matt only lasted a few minutes in an unusual role on the left side of the central midfield trio. Howe had been hoping to see what Targett could do in that position with the intention of using him there in the future.

Matt Ritchie – 7

It was great to see Ritchie back on the pitch again, as he's such a huge figure for the team behind the scenes. He was constantly encouraging and cajoling his teammates here, put in some great deliveries, and was tidy in possession.

Anthony Gordon – 8

This was the Scouser's first start in a striking role as a Magpie and he showed that he can be a useful option there if we're ever without Isak and Wilson (heaven forbid). Looked so sharp throughout and played a part in all three goals.

Joelinton – 9 ⭐️

Started on the left wing and ended up playing as the holding midfielder after Targett's early withdrawal. This was the big Brazilian back to his very best and relished taking up Bruno's usual role. He just pipped Livramento for POTM for us.

The substitutes all contributed to the victory

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Almirón made a massive impact playing out of position on the left

Miguel Almirón – 9

What a finish for the first goal and what a busy display out of position on the left of the attacking trio. We'd kill to have even 25% of Miggy's energy and spirit, he was tremendous.

Callum Wilson – 7

Provided a focal point for the final third of the contest, helping his teammates to see out the game very comfortably. Seemed to relish the battle with Lindelof and Maguire.

Bruno Guimarães – 8

He's not a bad substitute to have, is he? Clearly loved being able to come into a game that was won where he could bait the opposition into silly fouls to take time off the clock.

Dan Burn – 7

Did exactly what he needed to do to help us see out the result, completing 100% of his passes and winning both of the duels he contested. You'll never, ever beat Dan Burn.

Kieran Trippier – 7

After a couple of really disappointing displays, Tripps seemed back to normal in this cameo. He might be fearing for his place after that Livramento showing, mind!

Next up for the Magpies

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We owe Mikel Arteta and his Gunners one after last season

It doesn't get any easier, with Arsenal coming to Tyneside for a 5.30 p.m. kick-off on Saturday. That's also live on Sky Sports because why wouldn't it be? It's a massive game.

Howay Eddie's four competition Mags!