Newcastle fans loved Florian Lejeune’s exceptional defensive performance on Sunday

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…

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