Former Manchester United midfielder Robbie Savage has stood up for Newcastle manager Steve Bruce.

Savage has defended Bruce amid claims that Newcastle’s win over Manchester United was down to Rafa Benitez’s tactics.

These Newcastle fans reacted to his comments…

Completely right!



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Bruce himself did admit that he needed to go back to Benitez’s style of football at Newcastle, but that does not mean he should be absolved of any credit from the result.

As much as he may have gone back to a similar style, Bruce still had to implement it his way with a slightly different set of players at his disposal. Also, Benitez is not the first manager in Premier League history to adopt a defensive style of sitting behind the ball and countering with pace, so to claim that Benitez had more to do with the win than Bruce would be ill-considered. 

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