Man of the Match: Manchester United vs Newcastle (Premier League)

It’s now 18 goals for this season for Marcus Rashford with a superb solo goal after United had failed to make inroads against the visitors. This however only lasted 6 minutes as once again United were beaten from set piece play, in spite of the Magpies having been allowed freedom in the box even just seconds earlier. Full marks also to Dan James who is improving with each match, scoring a fine goal to give United the lead once again. A Fernandes – who else – penalty sealed it for the Reds. Worth recalling that the Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow is the only goalkeeper to have denied him from the spot in the Premier League.

Newcastle had last beaten United at Old Trafford in December 2013, and 35 games later they never really looked a threat, although United were far from their best. Good also to note that United have now won three consecutive league games by a three or plus goals versus Newcastle, a feat they have not managed since April 2013-March 2014 (versus Aston Villa).

My Man of the Match award goes to Marcus Rashford. He was highly influential and always willing to take a player on, crowned with that brilliant individual effort on the first goal. He also won the contest-killing penalty.

The result enabled Manchester United to move into second place again following Leicester’s win at Aston Villa. Apart from Thursday’s Europa Cup return fixture, United do not play at Old Trafford again before the 13th March, having away league game versus Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Manchester City before that.

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