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Bruce: Manchester United ripped Newcastle ‘to bits’

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United reacts as he walks off at half-time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce had plenty of time to cook up a season quote after his Magpies were stomped by Manchester United on Thursday.

[ RECAP: Man Utd 4-1 Newcastle ]

A former Red Devil himself, Bruce saw his men go up 1-0 early through Matty Longstaff before getting cooked for three goals in 17 minutes en route to a 4-1 final score.

The Boxing Day loss saw Bruce reflecting on the giving part of the holiday season.

“When you come here the one thing you can’t do is gift Manchester United. I know it’s Christmas but we gave away more goals in half an hour than we have in three months. It’s a harsh lesson for us that you cannot make the mistakes we have just made.

The Magpies had done enough in recent weeks to have their players dreaming of a Top Seven run, but the absence of a game-running midfielder was keenly felt on Thursday.

“If you chase it they will rip you to bits,” Bruce added. “We stuck at it but it was a tough afternoon for us.”

Bruce rested Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden in favor of the Longstaff brothers, and the truth is that the club needs a player better than any of the four.

Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles were also missing, and Newcastle will hope for better against Everton on Saturday at St. James’ Park.