By Richard Parks
Newcastle United fans have reacted on Twitter with humour and delight after Mohamed Diame played a key role in the team’s shock 1-0 Premier League win against Manchester United on Sunday.
The midfielder has been a regular scapegoat for frustrated Toon supporters in recent seasons who complain he is not as influential as he should be given his power and pace.
Diame has been in and out of the team this season in a difficult campaign for player and club but he played the full 90 minutes at St James’ Park as a second-half Matt Richie goal secured one of the upsets of the season.
The Senegal international was paired with Jonjo Shelvey in central midfield and they dominated Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, who were substituted by Jose Mourinho and 66 and 77 minutes respectively.
Newcastle fans on social media were delighted with the contribution of Diame as they pointed out with delight how he had got one over the £90million midfielder Pogba.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Rob Richardson (@RobRichardson28) February 12, 2018
— Taylor Not Besty ⚽️ (@TaylorandBesty) February 11, 2018
Mo Diame’s been like a new signing the last few games. Who’s rattled his cage? His awareness of what was going on around him before the turn of the year was more like Mo from Driving School. Him and Shelvey looked a pair. #nufc
— Gaz Con (@gazconaz_gary) February 12, 2018
Good thing about diame current form is we will be able to sell him to spurs in the summer for £30m ???????????? #nufc
— Matt Guest (@Guesty22) February 12, 2018
Mo Diame made your 90 million pound midfielder look exactly what he is. Average #nufc
— Michael Hood (@mickthehood) February 12, 2018
Diame embarrassed Pogba man ???????????????????? #NUFC
— Rafa (@El_MagoNUFC) February 12, 2018
A few thoughts..#NUFC
• I think I love Martin Dubravka
• I’ve missed Matt Ritchie’s goal celebrations
• Get Lascelles on that plane
• Who knew Shelvey could tackle
• Diame’s gone from Amdy Faye to Patrick Vieira & I’m loving it
• Lejeune looks a class act next to Lascelles
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) February 11, 2018
Diame > Pogba #NUFC
— David Middleham (@DaveM_1992) February 11, 2018
The Magpies’ win against Man United lifted them to 13th in the Premier League table, five places and two points above the drop zone.
It was their first triumph against the Premier League’s second placed club in five years.
In other Newcastle United news, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has claimed that one Toon player was an “absolute joy to watch” in their triumph against Man United.