Newcastle United looked to be on the verge of a great result against Manchester United yesterday. The Toon were 2-0 up in the 69th minute after a devastating opening ten minutes at Old Trafford. However, a Juan Mata free-kick started a comeback which eventually led to a 3-2 Red Devils win.
Newcastle can take plenty of positives away from the game. There were some brilliant individual displays throughout the game, including that of Yoshinori Muto.
The Japanese international scored his first goal since making a £9.5 million move from Bundesliga side Mainz.
It was also his first Premier League start, something Newcastle fans have been wanting for some time.
The 26-year-old worked tirelessly throughout the game chasing balls into channels and harassing a fragile looking Manchester United defence.
But unlike the near-equally as industrious Joselu, the Japanese star looks far more of a goal threat and Newcastle certainly missed him when he left the field nursing a minor ankle injury.
Newcastle fans were certainly won over. After the international break, there is no doubt who the Toon Army want to see leading the line for the club.
Here is some of the best reaction to his display…
— NUFC_UPDATE (@NUFC_UPDATE) 7 October 2018
Muto is key , we’ve found a player to pressure from the front ,thought he had a cracking game .
— ⬛⬜Swampy⚽NUFC⬜⬛ (@swampthing_71) 7 October 2018
If we set up like we did yesterday then we’ll be fine, look really good going forward. 442 looked much more balanced and Muto is a must start. Unlucky on the result but plenty of positives #NUFC
— MichaelC180 (@ClellandMichael) 7 October 2018
Green sho(o)ts of hope for @NUFC after a barren start to the season. Refreshingly, we attacked, lo & behold, scored making @PremierLeague history in the process. Dropping Joselu, who hasn’t started in a win in 2018, for Muto the difference as he stretched Man U & the play. #NUFC https://t.co/QGCgiKH6yT
— Stuart Latimer Esq. (@UltraStarTime) 7 October 2018
Muto to start going forwards – to be fair he should have been starting in earlier games
— Gareth Johns (@garethjohns28) 7 October 2018
Thought Muto was class mind yesterday 👏👏👏 #nufc
— Paul Kershaw (@PaulKershaw79) 7 October 2018
Muto was excellent last night, the lad doesnt give up on anything, totally deserves to have a good run in the team now and could well turn out to be a fantastic signing. #NUFC
— Paul (@TheToonReview) 7 October 2018
Don’t mind me, just rewatching Muto’s goal to remind me the devastatingly brief sensation of hope. #NUFC
— Khoi The Konniving (@Nguyen5) 6 October 2018