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7.30am Man Utd news LIVE: Dismal Newcastle defeat reaction, De Gea slams team-mates, Solskjaer admits ‘uphill battle’ for top four – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED'S dismal week concluded with a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.

Goalkeeper David De Gea slammed his team-mates after the loss – saying it was "unacceptable".

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  • STEVE BRUCE has spoken of his joy that he finally got his first win over Man Utd in management.

    He said: “I've waited something like 20 years for a result against Man Utd. I'm delighted for everybody. What we needed was a response after last week and that was there for everyone to see.

    “This just shows you that football management is up and down. You can never write the script. When that's the case you need your team to rally around.

    “When you lose badly everyone comes under the pump. Thankfully we responded and for a young kid to make his debut and blast one in from 20 yards is something else.

    “Since pre-season in China I've said 'who's this kid?' He stands out with his ginger hair. He has wonderful enthusiasm and he lights up your day. He's 19? So what. I'm delighted for him.

    “All you can do is answer your critics by getting a result. We knew this run was going to be difficult. I hope this is the turning point. I know I'm not going to be everyone's cup of tea but the nonsense that flies around is insulting. Hopefully this helps the cause.”

  • OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has admitted that sealing a place in the top four will be an “uphill challenge” for his under-performing Manchester United stars.

    The Norwegian saw his side slump to a dismal 1-0 defeat at strugglers Newcastle United that leaves the Red Devils just one point above their lowly conquerors.

    But after the game Solskjaer urged for togetherness as he told Sky Sports: “It will take however long it will have to take. It's a journey we've started on and the culture is getting there.

    “I can't give you any time but we're getting there.

    “We've given ourselves a big, big uphill challenge to get among the top four but it's tight and we need to get a run together.

    “We've come together and discussed the direction we're going. If you only work on sunny days you'll never get to your destination. We'll have these days but we know where we want to get to.”

  • MANCHESTER UNITED have sunk down to 12th in the Premier League as we head into the international week.

    A 1-0 defeat at Newcastle ended a torrid week in which they were pegged back by Arsenal and held at AZ Alkmaar.

    Goalkeeper David De Gea labelled the loss at Newcastle as “unacceptable” and admitted they team-mates must “improve everything”.

    De Gea said: “We are Manchester United, we need to keep training hard, fighting and winning games.”

    Asked what needs improving, the Spaniard said: “Everything. A lot of things to improve.

    “I don’t know what to say. Keep trying, fighting, improving every day. It’s a hard moment for us.

    “The most difficult time since I’ve been here. I don’t know why, what is happening. Sorry to the fans. We will keep fighting.

    “Come on, we conceded a goal from a corner. That cannot happen. It’s unacceptable.”

    And manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that sealing a place in the top four will be an “uphill challenge” for his under-performing United stars.

    The Norwegian said: “It will take however long it will have to take. It's a journey we've started on and the culture is getting there. I can't give you any time but we're getting there.

    “We've given ourselves a big, big uphill challenge to get among the top four but it's tight and we need to get a run together.

    “We've come together and discussed the direction we're going. If you only work on sunny days you'll never get to your destination. We'll have these days but we know where we want to get to.”

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