Steve Bruce identifies Newcastle United's failing against Manchester United

Steve Bruce says Newcastle United were found wanting without the ball against Manchester United.

Sunday, 18th October 2020, 12:00 pm
Steve Bruce and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Steve Bruce and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The game was level until Bruno Fernandes netted in the 86th minute – and two more goals followed to give the visitors a deserved victory.

Bruce felt that his team was a threat – David de Gea made a superb save to deny Callum Wilson in the second half – and Newcastle’s head coach was unhappy with the defensive work of his team, especially in the final few minutes.

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"For me, our problems were without the ball,” said Bruce. “I thought we could have done a bit more defensively, if I’m being brutally honest. I always thought we were a threat on some of the occasions we got (forward), and I remember the great save. When you play against great teams like that, who knows if you take one of them?”