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Matty Longstaff's debut for Newcastle was 'even better than a dream'

Matty Longstaff celebrated the only goal of the game Credit: PA

Steve Bruce saluted Matty Longstaff's impressive debut after seeing him fire Newcastle to their first home victory of the season against struggling Manchester United.

The 19-year-old, who lined up alongside older brother Sean in the Magpies' midfield, smashed home a 73rd-minute winner to cap a perfect day at St James' Park on Sunday.

In the process, he handed Bruce his first win over the club for which he played with such distinction as a manager and extended the Red Devils' run without an away victory to 11 games in all competitions.

"It's quite ironic. Matty Longstaff's beaten them in his first game and I've been going 20-odd years. I'm delighted for everyone concerned, and of course the response was the great thing.

He trains every day with a big, beaming smile on his face, he's refreshing, wants to play, he's a great kid and I'm delighted. Typical of him, the first thing he said to me coming off was 'Thank you'.

It's ridiculous after what he's just done.

– Steve Bruce
The Longstaff brothers both played for the Magpies against Man U Credit: PA

The Longstaff family were in attendance for Matty's sterling debut performance, where he also took the Man of the Match title.

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Praise rolled in for Longstaff long after the game, after he admitted his Premier League debut was 'even better than a dream'.

Congratulations were also shared online by NUFC legend Alan Shearer.

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The Magpies next fixture is against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - kicking off at 3 pm on Saturday 19 October.