Back at the end of December few would have believed that Manchester City would be the only team to beat Newcastle in the Premier League across the proceeding six weeks. That is the reality Magpies supporters are currently living.
Newcastle’s solitary league defeat in 2018 came at the hands of City, the current league leaders, at the Etihad Stadium and has been followed by a three-match unbeaten run that has seen Rafa Benitez’s side claim five points from a possible nine to move up to 13th in the table and two points above the relegation zone.
Although safety is a long way from being assured, Newcastle have lost just once in six matches and consolidated that improvement in form by beating Manchester United at St James’ Park in a display that illustrated what United can achieve when they play as a team.
And yet, whilst United’s togetherness and team ethic has engineered a drastic change in fortunes and given them a good chance of survival, there are certain individuals who have have taken massive performance-related strides in recent weeks and altered perceptions for the better.
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