'WHAT A LINE-UP!': Newcastle United fans rejoice as Steve Bruce handed last minute injury boost ahead of Sheffield United clash

Steve Bruce has named his side to face Sheffield United – and Newcastle United fans have been quick to react.

Sunday, 21st June 2020, 1:18 pm

After three months without competitive action, the Magpies return to action this afternoon (2pm kick-off) as they welcome the Blades to St James’s Park.

And Bruce has named an unsurprising starting line-up given the club’s injury woes – which see both Longstaff brothers and Florian Lejeune ruled-out.

There is a boost for Newcastle, though, as Matt Ritchie returns from injury having been rated as a doubt in midweek. His last-minute returns is a timely boost, and was a big talking point for fans on social media.

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Newcastle United fans have reacted to Steve Bruce's team selection against Sheffield United

But what did fans make of the team selection as a whole?

Here’s what supporters have been saying on social media:

@slimshadyAFK joked: “Can't wait to hear matt Richie scream at players in a empty stadium gonna be amazing”


@K_Wennington argued: “I would of preferred Lazaro to start for Ritchie but apart from that, strong line-up.”

@agbnufc posted: “Really hope Joelinton gets a reboot from this break.”

@LockdownHater58 tweeted: ”Brucey giving us the good good, hope to see lazaro in the second half”

@VFLMelvini said: “Watch for Lazaro & Muto today off the bench. With lack of fitness, speed will be key the last 25 minutes”

@thomas_millman added: “Same story as normal will be giving Joelinton the support he needs. Happy to see Ritchie playing - not entirely sold on Rose yet though. Looks like a solid lineup overall! Howay the Lads”

@Laurence_1999 commented: “Didn't think Ritchie would make the XI or that Gayle would make the bench but pretty happy with our team”

@J4ke04 posted: “3 strikers on the bench? At least we have options. HTW”

Here’s the team news in full:

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Rose, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Newcastle United subs: Darlow, Schar, Carroll, Gayle, Muto, Krafth, Yedlin, Lazaro, Bentaleb

Sheffield United XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Baldock, Stevens, Norwood, Fleck, Burge, Sharp, McBurnie

Sheffield United subs: Jagielka, Moore, K Freeman, Osborn, Rodwell, Lundstram, L Freeman, Zivkovic, Mousset