Man United 3-Newcastle 1: Dan James shines as Anthony Martial again underwhelms through the middle

Man United vs Newcastle

Sunday’s final Premier League tie played out a short time ago.

Said game would see Manchester United play host to Newcastle.

The Red Devils headed into the game no doubt full of confidence after sticking four past Real Sociedad earlier in the week.

And given Manchester City had extended their lead above United to 13 points with a win over Arsenal earlier in the day, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. could not afford any slipups against Steve Bruce’s side.

As for Newcastle, their recent poor run had seen them move to within three points off the bottom three on Sunday.

Can Martial be Man United’s no.9?

The tie began with United struggling to carve out any real chances.

However, a moment of individual brilliance from Marcus Rashford would put the home side into the lead with half an hour played:

Man United’s lead didn’t last long though, with Allan Saint-Maximin capitalising on some questionable defending from the Manchester powerhouse to draw Newcastle level inside 37 minutes:

The first 45 drew to a close with the score at 1-1 and United’s overall display pretty dire.

Despite this, Man United once again took the lead 57 minutes in, courtesy of Daniel James, who netted his second goal in two outings:

Bruno Fernandes then killed the game off from the spot 75 minutes in after Marcus Rashford was brought down by Joe Willock.

In terms of positives for United this evening, Dan James and Rashford were the only real bright sparks.

The Welshman impressed on an evening which saw most United players look far from their best.

United’s centre-backs again, did little to reassure fans that heavy investment in that area is not needed in the summer.

Elsewhere, Anthony Martial once again showcased why he is not suited to playing through the middle for a top side.

The Frenchman offered little throughout his time on the pitch, with United looking much, much more likely to score when Edinson Cavani is instead playing.

Martial simply lacks the instincts of a true no.9, and if Man United do want to truly become Premier League challengers in the future, having Martial is probably not the way to do it.

Solskjaer himself also appears to be growing impatient with the 25-year-old.

The forward was hooked after 70 minutes on Sunday, meaning he has now failed to complete 90 minutes in United’s last four league ties, not even making it off the bench vs Everton.

See also: Timeframe provided for Edinson Cavani’s Manchester United return

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