Newcastle moved up to 16th in the Premier League table on Sunday as they beat Manchester United 1-0.
Steve Bruce’s side went into the game in the bottom three and with one win in seven games, but were able to come away with the three points from St. James’ Park.
Bruce handed a Premier League debut to teenage midfielder Matty Longstaff, who repaid his faith with a superb goal in the 72nd minute to seal the win.
Jetro Willems did well on the left before cutting the ball back to Longstaff on the edge of the box, who then drilled the ball into the bottom corner from 22-yards.
It was also Newcastle’s third clean sheet of the league season, with some excellent defending from the likes of Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles keeping United at bay.
But, what did we learn from the game? Here are four things Newcastle could learn from the result…
Saint-Maximin is the answer
Newcastle’s goalscoring woes may have just been solved. The club have struggled in the final third this season and Saint-Maximin’s performance against Manchester United is evidence that he could provide the spark they need to be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Almiron needs to be dropped
Almiron works hard for the team, but yet again his end product let him down. He missed two excellent chances and produced an embarrassing dive which led to him being booked for simulation. Bruce should drop him for the next game and give him a rest.
Ciaran Clark has shown that he has what it takes to step back up into the starting XI. It was his first league appearance since January, but you couldn’t have known from his performance. He has now made a strong claim to become a regular in Bruce’s side.
Youth is the way forward
Enough of the experienced professionals who continue to undeperform. Giving young players, like Matty Longstaff, chances going forward is the way Newcastle need to operate if they want to progress and push on this season.