Newcastle United Under-23s 0 Manchester United Under-23s 5
- Joe Hull
Newcastle United Under-23s' hopes of automatic promotion were dealt a significant blow after a 5-0 defeat to Manchester United at St. James' Park on Monday night.
The young Magpies were left shocked as the Red Devils took a three-goal lead before half-time, courtesy of Nishan Burkart's brace and Tahith Chong's strike.
Mason Greenwood's second-half brace added towards a heavy defeat for the young Magpies, who were dealt a difficult blow after eight wins in their last ten fixtures on home soil.
Beforehand, Newcastle knew a victory would potentially elevate the young Magpies into top spot of Division Two and they almost got off to the perfect start.
Barely one minute had passed before the first clear cut opportunity in front of goal, with Rosaire Longelo's low strike stopped by Paul Woolston - with the former Newcastle goalkeeper saving with his left leg to deny the teenager.
The Red Devils' first attacking chance resulted in the opening goal as Mason Greenwood fed a through ball into the path of Burkart, who calmly placed his low effort beyond Nathan Harker and into the far corner.
Newcastle's Jamie Sterry was on hand to produce an important block from Angel Gomes to stop the Red Devils captain from getting a shot away at goal inside the penalty area.
However, the away side doubled their advantage shortly after, with Burkart adding his second of the evening, cutting inside from the right wing before unleashing a low drive which crept into the right hand corner.
Man United's Angel Gomes saw his fierce attempt crash off the crossbar after working his way into a shooting opportunity but it wasn't long before the away side added a third before the half-time break.
Chong, who was a used substitute in Manchester United's Champions League victory at Paris Saint-Germain, raced clear of the Newcastle defence before slotting his low effort into the far corner, leaving the home supporters stunned.
As Newcastle went in search of a way back into the game, they were almost punished on the counter-attack, with Kelland Watts tracking the run of Chong before blocking the forward's intended cross into the six-yard area.
Newcastle were limited to slim pickings in front of goal throughout the league clash, as Lewis Cass' audacious long range effort flying wide of the target.
Greenwood added to the scoreline late on, with the 17-year-old grabbing United's fourth after scoring a fine long range free kick, with Harker unable to keep the set piece out as the attempt sailed into the top corner.
With the game reaching its conclusion, Greenwood added his second and Man United's fifth of the evening. After Dylan Levitt picked up the ball inside the box, the substitute found Greenwood inside the six-yard area who beat Oliver Walters to the ball before firing home from close range to inflict a disappointing defeat on Ben Dawson's side.
Newcastle United Under-23s: Nathan Harker, Jamie Sterry, Oliver Walters, Owen Bailey (c), Lewis Cass, Kelland Watts, Tom Allan, Matthew Longstaff, Elias Sørensen (Tyrique Bartlett 62), Mo Sangare (Cal Roberts 58), Rosaire Longelo.
Subs not used: Oisin McEntee, Otto Huuhtanen, Jack Young.