Saturday afternoon saw United play their second friendly of the season. However, the familiar trip to Deepdale ended in a draw in a forgettable affair.
Preston 1-1 Newcastle
For the fourth time in a year, Newcastle faced Preston on Saturday. However, United couldn’t claim their fourth victory against North End.
A dull affair saw Aleksandar Mitrovic open the scoring in the eighth minute. Mitrovic pouncing once again against Alex Neil’s side.
Preston, who are a few weeks ahead of United in terms of preparation, challenged the Magpies. Tom Barkhuizen slamming the ball home at the back-post.
However, Preston’s man of the match would surely go to keeper Chris Maxwell. The stopper pulling off a number of impressive saves to keep the likes of De Jong, Gayle and Murphy out.
New signing Javier Manquillo made him debut despite it only being somewhat of a cameo role. With the full back only playing for 14 minutes.
Ex=Norwich man Jacob Murphy looked sharp on his debut for the Magpies. Murphy regularly challenging the Maxwell as well as demonstrating his pace.
Saturday further saw the debut of United’s new blue away kit. The light blue effort celebrates United’s co-founders Newcastle East End with this kit for the 125th anniversary of the merger.
Little can be learnt from Saturday’s affair. A friendly against a Championship side can tell us very much especially with the side looking very different to the finished article.
Furthermore, Alex Neil’s side have been training for longer than United with the Championship season starting before the Premier League does.
Considering this, this is a good result for United. Not gaining any injuries and allowing precious game time to some in the squad is a positive.
Especially against a capable team like Preston. Who enjoyed a great season last year seeing their manager snapped up by our neighbours.
A good afternoon for United however not quite great yet.
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