'Enough of the negativity'  – Newcastle United fans react to Steve Bruce's team v Arsenal

Steve Bruce has named his first Newcastle United Premier League starting XI – and it’s got mixed reviews on social media for the Magpies’ faithful.

By Liam Kennedy
Sunday, 11 August, 2019, 13:23
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Javier Manquillo and Joelinton of Newcastle United arrive at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

While £35million man Joelinton starts and Paul Dummett gets the nod as well as Matt Ritchie, three of United’s other four summer additions are on a bench, heavily weighted with defenders.

And looking across social media, here’s how YOU reacted to Bruce’s first XI.

@ToonyAlex – “four defenders on bench?”

@DazWilliams – “Here we go...let another season of probable madness begin!”

@sw1a0aa – “Really keen to see how Almiron, Joelinton and Saint-Maximin play together today.”

@TaylorandBesty – “The midfield 3 is interesting. I’d like to see Shelvey playing a bit further forward that he has in the past with Hayden and Longstaff sitting. Get him in those areas where he can thread balls through for the strikers.”

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@nettlewarrior72 – “That midfield three!”

@Coryjgraham – “So is Bruce actually playing with no wingers? Looked at the arsenal set up and thought we might actually have a chance on the counter... then saw our setup and the mind boggles.”

@PrimeDiame – “Lineups been out for 7 minutes and our fans are already complaining that Maximin isn’t starting.. It’s his first season in a new league. Calm down, he’ll come on and show us what he’s all about. Enough of the negativity.”

@chrisfrazer88 – “Wing backs and Alimiron through the middle or 4-5-1?”

@EthanBirnie1 – “ASM on the bench?!”

@bxrkos – “Good lineup LETS GET IT.”