Man United vs Newcastle Post match, Man United 3 Newcastle 1 Match reaction & Highlights 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's post match,man utd vs newcastle post match
IT’S NOW THE race to be the best of the rest and Manchester United are determined to win it.
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Their recent blip which saw them drop nine points in five league games has allowed their neighbours City to gallop over the horizon.
He is one of the few Newcastle players who truly has star quality and he wanted a second goal with a shot from the edge of the area early in the second-half that De Gea got down well too.
Man Utd: de Gea (7), Wan Bissaka (6), Lindelof (6), Maguire (7), Shaw (8), Fred (6), Matic (6), James (8), Bruno Fernandes (7), Rashford (7), Martial (6).
Subs: Mata (n/a), Greenwood (6), Shoretire (n/a).
Newcastle: Darlow (7), Krafth (5), Lascelles (7), Clark (6), Lewis (7), Willock (6), Hayden (6), Shelvey (6), Almiron (7), Joelinton (5), Saint-Maximin (7).
Subs: Gayle (n/a), Fraser (6), Murphy (n/a).
Man of the match: Daniel James.
Now the question is can Ole Solskjaer back up his boasts that this is a team on the up by bettering last year’s third place with second.
They moved back into that spot on goal difference from Leicester who had beaten Aston Villa earlier in the day with this 3-1 win over Newcastle.
After Allan Saint Maximin had cancelled out Marcus Rashford's opener Newcastle had hope at half-time.
It ws extinguished with a close range blast from Daniel James on 57 minutes and yet another Bruno Fernandes penalty on 75.
Newcastle now sit perilously close to the relegation zone after Fulham had beaten Sheffield United on Saturday.
Their manager Steve Bruce stands perilously close to the exit door with his fate set to be sealed if the Magpies fail to beat Wolves at home next Saturday.
They actually played quite well, Manchester United were just better.
Not for the first time this season the home side were dozing in the opening minutes.
You think they might have learned after conceding inside the opening two minutes at The Hawthorns last Sunday. But no.
David de Gea had also once again forgotten what it was that made him the best goalkeeper in the world.
Certainly not one of those odd punches he executed after just four minutes that ballooned up in the air to Joelinton who returned a powerful shot that the Spanish keeper had to tip over the bar.
Bruno Fernandes gestured at him as if to say ‘what were you doing there?’
Worse followed when he scuffed a clearance straight to Joelinton, he squared to Jonjo Shelvey who fired over.
Miguel Almiron was next up for the Magpies with a scorching shot from 30 yards that De Gea tipped over.
For a team in such a perilous position, Newcastle heads could easily have gone down. They didn’t and in the 36th minute, they were level.
Once against Manchester United’s inability to defend set pieces was on show. A short corner routine finished with Joe Willock hooking the ball into the box.
Maguire performed a strange backward header that went straight into the path of Saint-Maximin who caught it on the full as he blasted a shot into the roof of the net.
It was Saint-Maximin’s first goal since returning to action after two months out with Covid-19 and how they had missed him in that time.
Despite this early pressure it was the home side who took the lead through some brilliance from Marcus Rashford on the half hour.
His best position is definitely wide left of a three behind a number nine from where his piercing runs into the box have defenders unable to cope.
If anything this season Rashford has got faster and stronger.
Harry Maguire brought the ball into the Newcastle half and found the Three Lions forward who superbly nutmegged Emil Krafth and raced away.
As Rashford weighed up his options in the box Krath got back but only to be undone again. This time Rashford swiftly moving the ball to the right of him and shooting back into the near bottom corner.
It was a mystery how Karl Darlow did not save it as he had that area covered and dived but somehow managed to avoid the ball.