Miles Starforth's Newcastle United player ratings: Two star men earn 8s after stunning Sheffield United display

Newcastle United enjoyed a dream return to Premier League action with victory over Sheffield United – but how did their players perform in the triumph?

Sunday, 21st June 2020, 4:00 pm
Miles Starforth's player ratings from Newcastle United v Sheffield United

Allan Saint-Maximin’s tidy far post finish, Matt Ritchie’s stunning drive and a rare Joelinton strike from close range sealed a vital victory for Steve Bruce’s men.

But who were the star men at St James’s Park?

Scroll down and click through the pages to see how Miles Starforth rated the displays on show against the Blades:

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Didn’t have too much to do on his return to St James’s Park, had been injured on his last competitive appearance. 6
Got forward a lot before the break, preferred to Yedlin. 7
Led the team well, largely untroubled at the heart of United’s defence. 6
Solid and dependable, some no-nonsense defending alongside Lascelles. 7
Competed well when United were without the ball, could’ve done better in possession. 6
Wasn’t able to play a telling final ball, but got around the pitch and kept United ticking over. 6
Started well in midfield, quietly effective with and without the ball. 7
Was a threat with his place and movement, and picked up where he left off with a goal. 8
Got off the mark for the season with a fierce strike, covered a lot of ground and was the loudest player on the pitch. 8
United’s biggest threat before the break along with Saint-Maximin, caused problems in the final third with his pace and persistence. 7
Scuffed an early chance after being played in by Almiron, but made amends with United's third goal. 7
(for Joelinton, 79) - N/A
(for Saint-Maximin, 79) - N/A
(for Almiron, 85) - N/A
(for Shelvey, 85) - N/A
(for Ritchie, 90) - N/A