Newcastle pile up records and put one foot in Europe as attention turns to supporting Man City

IF you have heavy artillery in your wagon when surrounded by the enemy then all is possible. Goals are football's currency enabling you to escape and buy what you desire. Surely Newcastle have just bought a ticket back into Europe.

Brentford's Bees were stung time and again in their own West London home as United piled up the records. They signed off with a whopping 102 goals in all competitions topping a century for the first time in 63 years with a league total of 85 outstripping their previous best of 82 from their debut PL season 1993-94 when 42 matches were played instead of 38.

Mind you, it is just as well United carry fire power because their defence has more holes than Gouda cheese. Hence a last day scoreline which typifies a season: Brentford 2 Newcastle 4.

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It all meant that the Mags finish seventh above Manchester United which is a fabulous rarity and is down to their season-long ability to notch. Our United finished with a goal difference of +23 while their United have an embarrassing -1.

All things being equal that should ensure Newcastle playing Europa Conference football next season. We will find out for sure on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester City, persistent Premier League champions, must surely put their one-time arrogant neighbours to the buck in Saturday's FA Cup final mustn't they to complete the double? Well, yes, except that back in 2013 they were equally hot favourites against Wigan Athletic boasting twin strikers Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez plus fellow superstars like Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Yaya Toure, and Samir Nasri yet lost 1-0. Could the impossible happen again? No, no, I'm not having it.

In reality the final PL game was over by half-time and a ticket to Europe was safely in the hold of United's plane whisking them off to Oz. Three-nil was enough...well, not quite given our generous nature. It became 2-3 before nerves were settled.

Alexander Isak led the latest goal glut racking up his 25th goal of a stupendous season and his 21 in the Premier League with United's third. And his main back-up, Anthony Gordon and Callum Wilson, weren't even on the pitch. No probs. Step up the deputies. Harvey Barnes, United's Lord Lucan, opened the floodgates with a header of all things then Jacob Murphy made it a wonderful weekend of capital gain for the Murphy family by claiming the second.

His identical twin Jacob had scored twice at Wembley 24 hours earlier to take rank outsiders Oxford into the Championships via the play-off finals. Well done boys!

If things got a bit jittery after the interval then Bruno pulled us through. United were awarded a penalty when the effervescent Lewis Hall was dropped only for VAR to rule it outside the area which led to Mad Dog slipping his leash. No matter. Isak smacked the free-kick on the button and Bruno slotted home the keeper's palm out.

All was rosy for the Saudi-backed side. They had wallowed in the worldwide delights of the Fight Of The Century a few hours earlier though the Fury of Tyson went into overdrive and here their investment paid off again.

Well done Newcastle United. Now come on you Man City!