Newcastle United fans had a glorious Sunday in the English Premier League after defeating top-four contenders Manchester United at St James’ Park.
It promised to be a tough 90 minutes against Jose Mourinho’s side and while they had to battle hard, the Magpies deserved their 1-0 victory.
Supporters had plenty of heroes to choose from, including goalscorer Matt Ritchie, but defender Florian Lejeune drew many of the plaudits for a committed display up against United’s formidable attacking line.
It was the French centre-back’s first match since 16th December but he looked like he hadn’t missed a minute, coping expertly with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, putting in a couple of goal saving challenges and even helping contribute to Ritchie’s goal with an imperious header from a set-piece.
Fans are now calling for him to get an extended run in the team ahead of Ciaran Clark, convinced by his defensive skills and ability on the ball.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Florian Lejeune also showed exactly why he was Rafa Benitez’s first choice CB in the summer transfer market. Calm, positionally aware and can pass the ball. Hopefully we get to see a lot more of it now he’s fully fit #NUFC
— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) February 11, 2018
Dubravka, Lascelles and Shelvey get the plaudits today, rightly so, but Lejeune back from 3 months injured, Dummett who gets a load of stick every week, Diame who I said would never cut it at this level, all played blinders today.
Gareth, get them on the plane #NUFC ✈️🇷🇺
— Liam McRoy (@liam_mcroy) February 11, 2018
Lejeune is head and shoulders above Clark like. So good on the ball #nufc
— Josh Gordon (@JoshGordon8) February 11, 2018
— Dan Holmes (@DanToon4Life) February 11, 2018
Glad to see Lejeune back and play the 90 mins. The lad has class to him. Still need to adjust, but he was as integral today as anyone else. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) February 11, 2018
Had reservations about bringing Lejeune back in at the same time as giving Dubravka his debut. Shows what I know. #NUFC
— Allied 3iscuit (@P3rown) February 11, 2018
— Aaron (@BouncingClown) February 11, 2018
Have to say that Dubravka and Lejeune made such a big difference in defense, look confident in everything that they do #NUFC
— Sean Pigott (@mrtinhly) February 11, 2018
Lejeune put in a shift today let's not forget his contribution #NUFC
— Jaymo Muriuki (@jemomuriuki) February 11, 2018
Lejeune was unbelievable. Like a new signing. #nufc
— Newyorkmagpie (@newyorkmagpie) February 11, 2018
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