Steve Bruce responds to 'biggest insult' after Newcastle United win

Steve Bruce responded to his critics after guiding Newcastle United to a remarkable win.

Monday, 7th October 2019, 12:07 pm

The club moved off the bottom of the Premier League yesterday after a goal from Matty Longstaff gave the team a 1-0 win over Manchester United.

Bruce had made a tactical change before his 400th game as a manager and set his team up to play on the counter-attack – just as it had done under Rafa Benitez, his predecessor.

United's head coach had had his tactical acumen questioned following the previous weekend’s 5-0 defeat to Leicester City.

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“It’s the biggest insult of the lot,” said Bruce. “I don’t think you can manage 400 games in the Premier League, 550 in the Championship, play 980 times and not be a little bit organised. If people just say ‘he’s not good enough’, then fine, I understand that. When there’s criticism of tactics or whatever, it’s always the thing that bears with me more than anything.”

Steve Bruce and Matty Longstaff.