'What a joke' – Newcastle United fans react to Steve Bruce's defensive-looking starting XI v winless Sheffield United

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has named his Magpies XI for this evening’s trip to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 5:10 pm
Newcastle United's English head coach Steve Bruce (C) and Assistant Coaches Stephen Clemence (L) and Steve Agnew (R) walk on the pitch ahead of the English Premier League football match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on January 12, 2021.

And here’s how #NUFC reacted to a defensive-looking Newcastle side against the winless Blades…

@tomNUFC4LIFE – “5 at the back you having a laugh bottom of the league we're playing not Liverpool.”

@NUFCblogcouk – “Man, I don't like that team one bit. 5 man defence with Dummett at LWB?! Hendrick, S Longstaff & Hayden all playing (creativity?!) Matty Longstaff dropped (Why?!). Only one attacking midfielder / winger in Fraser. Who is going to support & supply Wilson up top?”

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@AddingRandomWit – “Five at the back and only two attackers on the pitch against a team on course to be the worst the PL has EVER seen. Sheffield Utd will be quaking in their boots.”

@kestrel1971 – “What a joke. Eight defensive players vs a team who hasn’t won a league game in years.”