Manchester United fought back from a goal down this evening, to eventually earn a morale-boosting 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.
Newcastle 1-4 Man United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men made the trip to St. James’ Park a short time ago, for their first outing following the international break.
United of course headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back performance, on the back of an altogether underwhelming start to the campaign.
With 3 games played, the Red Devils sat in a lowly 16th in the Premier League table, having managed to secure just 3 points.
Their last outing prior to the international break, meanwhile, saw the Manchester giants humiliated by Tottenham, en route to a 6-1 drubbing.
When all was said and done on Tyneside this evening, though, bounce back was exactly what United managed.
It was actually Newcastle who took the lead in the clash, with just 2 minutes on the clock.
A breakaway down the right-hand side saw Emil Krafth whip what looked set to be a harmless delivery across the Manchester United box.
But Luke Shaw, in his attempts to block out the cross, was incredibly unfortunate to deflect his clearance beyond David de Gea, and in at the near post.
The Red Devils, however, were not behind for long.
After Juan Mata directed a tempting set-piece into the Newcastle area, the much-maligned Harry Maguire managed to get his head on the ball, directing a pinpoint effort into the bottom right-hand corner of the hosts’ net.
And exchanges at St. James’ remained on a knife-edge for the ensuing hour, before an explosion of attacking intent on the part of United saw Solskjaer’s men find the net 3 times within the space of 10 minutes.
First up was Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese international actually looked set to prove the villain of the evening for the visitors, after seeing a spot-kick effort well saved by Karl Darlow.
1 – Bruno Fernandes has missed his first penalty for Man Utd in what was his 11th taken from the spot since he joined the club in January 2020 (1 miss, 10 scored). Saved. pic.twitter.com/kdrh7p5No7
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 17, 2020
However, a wonderful counter-attack from the Red Devils, involving all of Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, eventually saw the latter find the far top corner in clinical fashion 5 minutes from time.
A Man United 3rd was then forthcoming just minutes later, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka drilled home into the roof of the net for his first in the colours of the Manchester giants.
And Marcus Rashford went on to add some gloss to the scoreline deep into injury-time, slotting beyond the stranded Darlow after latching onto Bruno Fernandes’ defence-splitting pass.
10 – Manchester United enjoyed their 10th comeback win against Newcastle in the Premier League, the most by any side against a single opponent in the competition. Rally.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 17, 2020
Mata shining/VDB time
Evidently, based on the one-sided nature of the eventual scoreline, a number of Manchester United’s stars impressed this evening.
The latter stages of the game saw Marcus Rashford step up in a major way, with a direct hand in the Reds’ final 3 goals.
Juan Mata, meanwhile, amid the struggles of United’s midfield, remained a constant thorn in the side of Newcastle, popping up between the lines to link play with guile and intelligence.
What should perhaps be noted above all else, however, is exactly when proceedings on Tyneside began to turn in favour of the visitors.
In fact, it was after Donny van de Beek was introduced to the fray by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Dutch international van de Beek has of course endured a difficult stint at Old Trafford thus far, since his big-money arrival from Ajax during the summer.
This evening, though, the 23-year-old showcased exactly why United splashed out on his signature in the first place.
Van de Beek is not the most physically imposing, or explosive midfielder.
However, what he does bring to the pitch is invaluable – touch, intelligence, decision-making and, perhaps above all, the willingness to move the ball quickly.
Too often versus Newcastle, United became bogged down in their passing, lacking that ‘little something’ to open the Magpies up.
Sometimes, though, all that is required is the nous and awareness to move the ball with one touch, without slowing the game down, efforts which open up so many avenues from an attacking standpoint.
And this is precisely what van de Beek does. He is, after all, a product of Ajax’s youth academy. The Dutchman has been developed to play the game the ‘correct’ way.
Is it me or, the minute Donny van de Beek got involved, United looked a bit better 🤔
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) October 17, 2020
Whilst he was of course far from the only man responsible for the late flurry on the part of the Red Devils tonight, van de Beek, quietly and instinctively, proved the catalyst.
The time has now undoubtedly come for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to unleash his midfield star from the off.
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