Manchester United sealed their confidence boost with a 4–1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday night – starring Marcus Marcus Rashford.
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The home side took a blow head after just two minutes, when Luke Shaw made a relatively comfortable cross into his own net – to the fall of a helpless David de Gay. However, the initial goal appeared to fire Man United to life, and they were back 20 minutes later. Harry Maguire took a major step towards redemption after a few weeks, powerfully going home from a united corner.
The traveling side then dominated the proceedings, and were eventually rewarded for 10 minutes – Bruno Fernandes, who was expertly concluded with Rashford Pass. Aaron Van-Bissacka later added a third moment before Rashford grabbed a goal of his own to seal the win in style.
Despite scoring a goal just minutes after kickoff, United did not let their head fall. Instead, he stepped up his game, not seeing hunger and hunger for some time. While the United defense looked susceptible to Newcastle counter-attacks, overall, things were very tight in recent weeks. The traveling side was quick to shut down their opposite numbers, limiting the Magpies to only a handful of attempts.
While they improved a fortnight ago, it should be said that weaknesses persist. Long balls at the top and counter attacks cause panic at the heart of the combined defense, a problem that cannot be corrected even after two weeks.
In the attacking sense, the Red Devils could also be more clinical in the first half.
Manager rating out of 10
7 – Ole Gunnar Solaskar selected Paul Pogba for several drastic changes, with the most obvious being absent. Marginally, all the changes paid off, as there was a significant improvement in terms of work rate and overall intensity. Both Daniel James and Juan Mata were back in the starting XI, and looked incredibly dangerous justifying their selection. In addition, Solsker’s decision to play Rashford as a lone striker was also motivated in the same way as the England international put Newcastle at the center of all kinds of problems.
Player rating (1–10; 10 = best, no rating to players initiated after 70 minutes)
GK David de Gay, 7 – Many great saves to keep his side in the game. A post-collision with the post appeared to precipitate an initial shoulder injury.
DF Aaron Van-Bisaka, 7 – Defensive sound, but often being useless going forward. That was until the final 10 minutes, when the full-back delivered a vigorous shot to score his first goal for the club.
DF Victor Lindelof, 6 – Recently, central defenders were concerned from time to time. Nonetheless, his solid delivery allowed United to build possession well from behind.
DF Harry Maguire, 7 – A more convincing, disciplined performance from Skipper; But then Spurs “after the disaster,” was the only way. He achieved his main goal well.
DF Luke Shaw, 6 – A gap in his own net was shown for Newcastle’s opening goal. Well done in the second half.
MF Fred, 6 – Brazil was often unscathed in possession, much to the fall of their peers. Hardly did he want to return to action.
MF Scott McTowney, 7 – Possessed and instinctively disciplined. Playing as the most retreating United midfielder, he did a solid job for his side.
MF Bruno Fernandes, 9 – Seen as he scored a goal in the first half. The 26-year-old also missed a penalty at the hour mark, but soon made up for it by firing home late to give the United States a significant lead.
FW Juan Mata, 8 – Took a corner kick, which led to Harry Magyar’s powerful header. The Spanish playmaker focused on the entire class.
FW Daniel James, 6 – The mantra looked dangerous, but as is often the case with young Welshmen, its end product was once again missing.
FW Marcus Rashford, 9 – Ahead of the Newcastle defenders was a live wire and a continuous fork. He earned a penalty for the away side, setting United’s second goal and catching one of his own with seconds remaining.
MF Paul Pogba, 7 – The second period saw injections of slightly aggressive quality, which Man United desperately needed.
MF Donnie van de Beek, 7 – The move began because of Fernandes’ beautifully crafted goal. There was a significant late effect.
MF Nemanja Matic, N / R – As for the timing of the injury United went on to score on fourth.