It seemed as if Newcastle would have to bully Manchester United off the ball in order to try and gain a foothold in this game, but that actually didn’t wind up being the case. They played their part in a really entertaining encounter on Tyneside, with the Magpies pushing the visitors all the way – right up until the final half hour of the game.
Getting the job done
In the end, though, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side who ensured that the Norwegian would become just the second United manager to ever win his first four league games in charge.
Newcastle have impact players but they just couldn’t quite maintain the same kind of pace as United, who appear to be enjoying some really free flowing football at the moment. They seem to be enjoying a certain level of confidence that we haven’t seen in quite some time, with Paul Pogba helping to run the show in the middle of the park. The whole team put in a shift, of course, and you could just tell they were dying to secure the three points.
Seeing it through
Newcastle were fairly good value for the goalless scoreline heading into the 64th minute, which is when substitute Romelu Lukaku let the air out of the stadium by giving them the lead. Marcus Rashford answered his own critics with yet another goal with 10 minutes left, sealing the result.
Newcastle will now host Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, as Manchester United welcome the visit of Reading.
Newcastle: Dubravka (5.5), Ritchie (6), Dummett (6), Lascelles (6), Schar (6.5), Yedlin (7), Atsu (6), Diame (7), Hayden (7), Perez (6.5), Rondon (6), Shelvey (6.5), Muto (6), Kenedy (6)
Manchester United: De Gea (7), Valencia (7), Lindelof (8), Jones (7.5), Shaw (7.5), Herrera (7), Matic (8), Mata (6.5), Pogba (7.5), Martial (6), Rashford (8), Lingard (6), Sanchez (7.5), Lukaku (7)
Referee: Andre Marriner
Goals: Lukaku, Rashford
Yellow Cards: Lascelles, Lindelof, Shaw
Red Cards: N/A
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