Matty Longstaff was “buzzing” after capping a dream debut for the club with the winning goal as Newcastle beat Manchester United 1-0 at St James’ Park.
The 19-year-old became the youngest debutant ever to score for Newcastle United in the Premier League when he fired home the only goal of the game, victory moving Steve Bruce’s side out of the division’s bottom three and easing the pressure on the struggling Magpies.
Partnering older brother Sean in midfield, Longstaff scooped the Man of the Match award following an impressive debut for his boyhood club, with the midfielder expressing his delight at a dream come true.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Longstaff said: “Last night you go to bed dreaming of it but you never think it will happen. I’m over the moon, speechless.
“I found out I was in the team yesterday after training, the butterflies started going and I looked forward to it ever since, I was buzzing.”
Longstaff broke the deadlock with a superbly hit strike from distance in the second half, firing low past David de Gea following a cut-back from full-back Jetro Willems.
On his winner, Longstaff added: “It was hit and hope and rather than a placed shot but it’s in the back of the net. You can’t describe the feeling, running away to the fans, it was surreal.
“I thought my first half shot was in but it hit the bar. That was a bit disappointing but to get the goal in front of the Gallowgate, it’s that little bit special.”
Brother Sean was full of praise for his teammate and sibling’s impact following an impressive win, the 21-year-old expressing his delight after seeing his younger sibling handed a deserved opportunity in the Newcastle first-team.
“I’m over the moon. I know how hard he’s worked. He’s been the best player in training. He was a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t be prouder of him.
“It was great. Look how lively he was, he made my job a lot easier. He was really quiet last night, he’s usually bouncing around the house shouting. I’ve never heard him so quiet.”
— Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) October 6, 2019