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Why was Matt Ritchie wearing sausage roll shinpads against Man United?

The superstitious midfielder was wearing the best shinpads we have ever seen and it may well have had a direct impact on him scoring the winner against United

Newcastle is the home of Greggs.

The location that Mr. Greggs created the first sausage and bean melt.

But why did that lead to Matt Ritchie wearing sausage roll shin pads in a Premier League match against Man United?

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Instant St. James’ Park legend

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Instant St. James’ Park legend

Newcastle were living a charmed life against Jose Mourinho’s side on Sunday as they scraped a 1-0 win against the league’s second best team.

As United missed a hatful of gilt-edged chances against the Magpies Matt Ritchie was given the freedom of St. James’ Park to slot home a nod down in the box.

And secure a historic win for Rafa Benitez.

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It’s been revealed that Ritchie was wearing shin pads with brilliant sausage roll designs which he believed were lucky.

And the true reason for donning the pastry adorned shin guards was because of the classic maxim, sausage rolls = goals.

There’s no more explanation necessary in my opinion.

Insert sausage roll here

Insert sausage roll here

Interestingly Ritchie also revealed that he was considering replacing these beauties with a normal pair of shinpads as he had hit the post so much this season instead of scoring.

We are very glad he lifted the lid on his choice of lower leg protection.

Although Ritchie netted 12 times in the Championship last season he has struggled to have the same impact in England’s top league.

A Grade A footballing tableau

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A Grade A footballing tableau

The Scot’s goal against United was his first of the season, however he probably won’t score many more important or bigger strikes.

Kevin Keegan definitely had a huge smile on his face as the ball crept past David De Gea.

He would have LOVED IT.