Fabian Schar says he is “proud” of the journey Newcastle United have been on over the past year.
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The Swiss international has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Eddie Howe’s appointment little under a year ago now, establishing himself as a key player and signing a new contract after previously looking as if he’d leave pre-takeover.
Like the entire club around him, Schar appears to be playing with a new lease of life and was once again on top form as Newcastle left Manchester United with a point, although it could have well been more.
As Newcastle StatZone point out, the 30-year-old made seven clearances, won three duels, made three interceptions and reclaimed possession eight times. WhoScored data, meanwhile, notes only Jadon Sancho on Sunday’s pitch boasted better passing accuracy (91.5% to 91.2%) while no one made as many blocks or won as many aerial duels (2 each).
While Newcastle were lucky Marcus Rashford did not take a late chance to win the game for the home side, to come away from Old Trafford – a ground where Arsenal and Liverpool have both been beaten this season – feeling slightly disappointed is another huge show of progress.
What did Schar say of the game?
Speaking to the club’s in-house media channel, Schar said: “To come here and take a point is a good result. Obviously, a clean sheet away from home at Old Trafford, I think is a big achievement.
“On the other side, it feels a little bit like we could have won the game. Especially in the first-half, we had a couple of chances so a bit of both to be fair. But we’re still on the right way, if you see the performance today and where we came from and everything, so really proud of the team.”