Dan Burn delivers ‘desperate’ assessment Newcastle United supporters will love after win over Man Utd

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The Magpies full-back was in fine form as his side claimed a big win in their pursuit of Champions League football.

Newcastle United star Dan Burn stopped narrowly short of evoking memories of Kevin Keegan’s infamous ‘love it’ rant following the Magpies 2-0 home win against Manchester United.

The Blyth-born defender put in a diligent display at left-back as he nullified the threat of the likes of Antony and Marcus Rashford to help lay the foundations of what was a highly impressive and dominant display from Eddie Howe’s side.

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The Magpies always looked on top against one of their main rivals for a place in next season’s Champions League and wasted a number of opportunities to open the scoring during an action-packed first-half display. Joe Willock had wasted two fine chances to edge his side in front but he made sure it was third-time lucky when he converted from an Allan Saint-Maximin header across goal midway through the second-half.

Howe’s side made sure of what could be a crucial three points when the Magpies boss received rich reward for a number of forward-thinking substitutes as Callum Wilson rose highest to head home at the Gallowgate End eight minutes after replacing Alexander Isak.

The win lifted the Magpies above their visitors and into third place in the Premier League table - but Burn revealed just why the result felt a bit more special with an opinion that will resonate with the St James Park faithful.

He told Sky Sports: “(It was) really special. I think for a long time we have always disliked Manchester United as Newcastle fans and we owed them one this season so it was good to get a win today. (I was) desperate (to win). I think over the seasons it’s always been like that. We’ve always wanted to beat Man United so it’s a great performance from the lads. We had a few chances that we didn’t take but we are just glad to get the win and the clean sheet.”

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Not for the first time this season, Burn stood firm against a tricky opponents as his physical approach went a long way to ensuring former Ajax winger Antony and England star Rashford had little impact on the game.

The former United season ticket holder admitted he relished the battle with the duo and joked playing at St James Park brings out ‘that extra emotion’ in his performances before conceding he can play on the edge at times.

He said: “They’re tough players, world class players and I think Antony has given me a few good games, he’s very skilful, so it was nice to have that extra emotion in me when I play at home. So I think that comes out in me sometimes and maybe goes too far.”

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