Manchester United ran out 4-1 winners this evening after coming from behind at Old Trafford.
Matty Longstaff – who scored the winner in the October meeting between the two sides at St James’s Park – opened the scoring, but Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s team hit back and took advantage of a series of individual errors from visiting players.
“We managed to keep it respectable, and with that, I thought they showed a bit of resilience in the last half hour,” said head coach Bruce told BBC Radio Newcastle. “But, that 15 minutes before half time was bizarre. I know it’s Christmas, but we’ve gifted Man United the victory.”
Newcastle take on Everton at a sold-out St James’s Park on Saturday. Bruce said: “We’ll have to get ready and prepared for Saturday, which is a big game again.”