Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff was understandably buzzing after his first goal for his hometown club gave The Magpies a crucial three points against Manchester United at St James’ Park.
Steve Bruce’s side were coming off the back of a disappointing 5-0 defeat to Leicester City last weekend and the Newcastle boss opted to draft the 19-year-old into the starting XI to accompany his brother Sean in the middle of the park.
Longstaff looked incredibly comfortable on his first Premier League start as Newcastle contained United brilliantly throughout the game before his wonderful strike late in the second half gave them a deserved three points.
Newcastle born and bred, Longstaff could not have dreamed of a more perfect league debut, despite believing his chance to find the net for his hometown club against The Red Devils was gone when he cannoned a strike off the bar in the first half.
After the game, Longstaff and his brother spoke to Sky Sports with the younger of the two beaming as he described a moment in his career he will no doubt never forget.
“Last night you go to bed dreaming of this and you never think it’s going to happen. For it to happen, I’m over the moon, I’m a bit speechless.”
“To be honest, I just thought ‘hit and hope’ and luckily it found the back of the net and I ran away celebrating. It was more of a hit and hope than a placement.”
Longstaff was handed the man of the match award after a tremendous all-round display and outlined that he found out on Saturday he would be in the Premier League starting XI for the first time.
“I found out yesterday after training. He (Steve Bruce) got the eleven together and he read the team out. I was ready to go away and do some shooting thinking I wasn’t going to be a part of it and then he read my name out.
“The butterflies started yesterday and I’d been looking forward to it ever since and to do it here (at St James’ Park) is even better.”
It was a brilliant day for Longstaff and Newcastle but for Man United, it’s another disappointing result as they now sit 12th in the Premier League table and just two points off the relegation zone.
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