Newcastle United 'gift-wrapped' Manchester United's festive victory – Steve Bruce

Newcastle United ‘gift-wrapped’ Manchester United three points at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, according to Magpies boss Steve Bruce.

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 8:18 pm
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United reacts as he walks off the pitch at full-time after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United reacts as he walks off the pitch at full-time after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Having taken the lead courtesy of recalled kid Matty Longstaff, United capitulated – and defensive errors was the issue for Bruce’s usually well-drilled troops.

"We had a horrible 20 minutes before half-time and just after. We made too many mistakes. You can't account for individual errors,” said Bruce.

“I know it is Christmas but we gave away more goals today than in three months. You get punished for those kind of mistakes."

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He continued: “They have quality at the top end but for two or three goals we've got to do better. We stuck at it but it was a tough afternoon. We could not chase it – they would tear us apart.

On facing Everton in less than 48 hours, Bruce said: "It’s a ridiculous schedule. You get injuries. We will have to see how we are." #NUFC