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The 25-year-old moved to St James' Park from Hoffenheim in 2019 and has spent most of his career in England as a striker.
Magpies manager Eddie Howe started him alongside Sean Longstaff and Jonjo Shelvey in midfield on Monday evening and it shocked everyone.
What followed was a Man of the Match performance from Joelinton who covered every blade of grass. Check it out below.
Joelinton vs Manchester United— James (@189NlNE) December 28, 2021
From minute one, Joelinton set the tempo, hustling Scott McTominay and Fred in the middle of the park and always looking to play forward.
Neither of United's midfielders managed to cope and it saw Fred hooked at half-time for Jadon Sancho.
Joelinton showcased his technical ability with a number of lovely passes and wasn't afraid to get down and dirty, making crunching tackles.
The Brazil youth international has been criticised by fans and pundits alike for not living up to his club record £40 million fee.
He seems to have found his natural position however and fans were left amazed at his performance.
One commented: "Have given the bloke plenty criticism and genuinely believed he was s**te. What a turnaround."
Another added: "This is crazy. He was actually playing like Paul Pogba."
A third put: "What was so fantastic was most of his passes were forward and started attacks."
While someone said: "When did Joelinton become a baller?"
Joelinton spoke to Sky Sports alongside Longstaff at full-time and the reporter joked, "I didn't realise you were that good!"
It brought a smirk from Joelinton but Longstaff leapt to the defence of his teammate.
He said: "We know how good Joelinton is, the abuse he gets is a disgrace to be honest. If he's on your team in training you win, you're buzzing.
"Ask anyone at the club - everyone rates him so highly. Some of the noise from outside is really disrespectful. I'm so happy for him."
Newcastle are still 19th in the league and have one win all season, despite an upturn in performances.
United, meanwhile, are seven points outside the top four and it's the first time they've dropped points under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
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