Manchester United sealed a confidence-boosting 4-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday night time — with the mercurial Marcus Rashford enjoying a starring position.
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The house aspect took a shock head after simply two minutes, when Luke Shaw turned a comparatively innocuous cross into his personal web — a lot to the dismay of a helpless David De Gea. Nevertheless, the early purpose appeared to fireside Man United into life, who struck again 20 minutes later. Harry Maguire took a giant step in direction of redemption following a tumultuous few weeks, powerfully heading dwelling from a United nook.
The travelling aspect dominated proceedings thereafter, and at last received their reward with 10 minutes to go — Bruno Fernandes ending expertly from a Rashford go. Aaron Wan-Bissaka added a 3rd moments later, earlier than Rashford lastly grabbed a purpose of his personal to seal the win in model.
Regardless of going a purpose down simply minutes after kick-off, United did not let their heads drop. As an alternative, they raised their recreation, displaying starvation and urge for food not seen for a while. Whereas the United defence did look vulnerable to Newcastle counter-attacks, general, issues have been rather a lot tighter than that they had been in current weeks. The travelling aspect have been fast to shut down their counterparts, limiting the Magpies to only a handful of makes an attempt.
Whereas they have been a lot improved from a fortnight in the past, it have to be stated that weaknesses do stay. Lengthy balls excessive and counter-attacks each appear to trigger panic within the coronary heart of the United defence, an issue that may’t be rectified after solely two weeks.
In an attacking sense, the Pink Devils additionally might have been extra scientific within the first half.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
7 — Opted for a variety of drastic modifications, with Paul Pogba being the obvious absentee. Seemingly, the modifications all paid off, as there was a notable enchancment when it comes to work price and general depth. Daniel James and Juan Mata each got here again into the beginning XI, and regarded extremely harmful all through — justifying their picks. As well as, Solskjaer’s determination to play Rashford because the lone striker was equally impressed, because the England worldwide triggered Newcastle every kind of issues centrally.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK David De Gea, 7 — Pulled off a variety of very good saves to maintain his aspect within the recreation. Appeared to shake off an early shoulder harm after a collision with the submit.
DF Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 7 — Defensively sound, however usually wasteful going ahead. That was till the ultimate 10 minutes, the place the full-back unleashed a thunderous shot to web his first purpose for the membership.
DF Victor Lindelof, 6 — Positionally, the central defender was worryingly wayward at instances. Nonetheless, his strong distribution allowed United to construct possession nicely from the again.
DF Harry Maguire, 7 — A much more assured, disciplined show from the skipper; however then once more, after the Spurs “disasterclass,” the one manner was up. Took his headed purpose very nicely.
DF Luke Shaw, 6 — Deflected a cross into his personal web for Newcastle’s opening purpose. Recovered pretty nicely within the second half.
MF Fred, 6 — The Brazilian was fairly often wasteful in possession, a lot to the dismay of his teammates. Hardly the return to motion he would have needed.
MF Scott McTominay, 7 — Comfy in possession and positionally disciplined. Taking part in as probably the most withdrawn United midfielder, he did a strong job for his aspect.
MF Bruno Fernandes, 9 — Noticed his brilliantly-taken purpose dominated out for offside within the first half. The 26-year-old additionally missed a penalty on the hour mark, however would quickly make up for it – firing dwelling late on to provide United a significant lead.
FW Juan Mata, 8 — Took the nook kick which led to Harry Maguire’s highly effective header. The Spanish playmaker oozed class all through.
FW Daniel James, 6 — Appeared harmful in spells, however as is commonly the case with the younger Welshman, his finish product was as soon as once more lacking.
FW Marcus Rashford, 9 — The ahead was a stay wire and a continuing thorn within the aspect of the Newcastle defenders. He earned a penalty for the away aspect, arrange United’s second purpose, and grabbed considered one of his personal with seconds remaining.
MF Paul Pogba, 7 — Injected a little bit of offensive high quality within the second interval, which Man United desperately wanted.
MF Donny van de Beek, 7 — Began the transfer that led to Fernandes’ superbly crafted purpose. Had a vital late affect.
MF Nemanja Matic, N/R — On for harm time as United went on to attain a fourth.