Newcastle vs Manchester United: Summary
Solskjaer’s team selection against Newcastle left almost all Manchester United fans puzzled as the changes made didn’t reflect with what the majority had in their mind. It wasn’t the most ideal start for a team coming back from a 1-6 drubbing either. Manchester United fell behind in the most awkward fashion as a deflection off Luke Shaw was too unpredictable for De Gea to even move. However, the reaction from the team was really different from the game against Spurs. We pushed forward and were playing with the belief this time. Bruno’s strike in the 20′ seemed to have levelled the pegging, only for it to be ruled out. Maguire thundered a header into the Newcastle goal to equalise, which must do a world of good to a player who has struggled as of late.
We had numerous chances to equalise in the second half, especially when we were awarded a penalty. It was a golden opportunity and well, Bruno doesn’t miss those, does he? Well, 2020 never fails to surprise I guess. The Portuguese playmaker didn’t need a penalty to get on the scoresheet this time, while Manchester United killed the game in the latter stages. It was a dominating performance in the end from the Red Devils and one that will certainly lift the mood in the camp.
Manchester United had the worst start they could’ve ever had, and that too when confidence was already low. Luke Shaw’s reflex block, unfortunately, looped the ball into the net behind a helpless De Gea in the 2′. Although, the reaction to the goal was much better as compared to our reaction against Spurs. The whole team pushed forward in search of an equaliser and were finally showing the intent to win. The Red Devils were almost rewarded in the 20′ after some neat link-up play between Bruno and Mata. The Spaniard teed up the Portuguese playmaker for a wonderful strike past Darlow. But, the goal was overruled as Mata was correctly adjudged offside.
El Mago still bagged an assist a few minutes later as he whipped in a wonderful cross from the left corner, met by none other than the Captain, Harry Maguire. Maguire banged in a thundering header past a resilient Darlow, and the goal must’ve lifted the struggling Englishman. It should act as a catalyst for him to put in a string of strong performances. Newcastle responded swiftly as well, with Saint-Maximin’s shot calling De Gea into action as the Spaniard pulled off a brilliant flying save. The first half ended at level pegging with the scoreline being 1-1.
Both clubs came into the second half in their search for supremacy. Newcastle started the second half stronger than United. Callum Wilson’s effort from point-blank range pulled off a save of the highest quality from De Gea as the shot-stopper pushed the ball off the line. Rashford was then fouled just inside the box by Jamal Lewis and a penalty was awarded to Manchester United after a VAR check. It seemed to be a routine penalty, with Bruno ready to slot it past the keeper. Sounds normal, doesn’t it? Well, 2020 never fails to surprise you. Bruno Fernandes missed his first penalty of the 11 he has taken since joining Manchester United. Maguire attacked the resultant corner and got a clean header. But the club captain was denied a brace by Jonjo Shelvey. Pogba came on in the 69′ and had ample time to make an impact, but failed to do so.
On the other hand, Van de Beek came in on the 76′ and made an instant impact on the game. In fact, the Dutchman was at the heart of our immaculate team move that swept across the pitch. He found Mata, who found Rashford with a magical through-ball. Rashford drove forward with the ball and laid it off perfectly in Bruno’s path. The playmaker did the rest and finished off brilliantly to redeem his penalty miss.
Manchester United ran riot in Newcastle after getting the second goal. Though, this time the source was very unlikely. Wan Bissaka marked his 50th appearance for Manchester United with his first goal for the club. Rashford bagged his second assist of the day. The Englishman capped off an impressing evening with a goal of his own when Bruno threaded a through ball for him with acres of space to run and finish.
This performance must’ve lifted the mood of the whole camp. A win was much needed after a disappointing start to the campaign, especially coming on the back of a 6-1 drubbing by Spurs. I was really happy to see Maguire score as the goal would’ve lifted his mood and given him some belief. We showed the intent to win and the right attitude towards the game, something we lacked against Spurs. It’s great to see us finally get off the mark as our players seem to be getting back to their best. De Gea was world-class and this game would’ve further cemented his starting position.
We have a really tough run of fixtures coming up and coming fast, as we play PSG, Chelsea, Leipzig and Arsenal in the span of 10 days. Ole will need his players to be at their very best in these games if we want to salvage something. If our players can work on their mentality and attitude, it could do wonders. Every single player in our team has the ability to win a game. It’s all about showing how much you want to win. I hope we take this match as the first step in moving towards a brighter future.