United scored a goal at Old Trafford but turned Newcastle style on the return of Pogba and Ibrahim
Manchester United took second place in the Premier League, from where he was shifted for a short time by Chelsea after defeating Newcastle 4: 1 at home. The Red Devils made their first goal in the Old Trafford Championship this season and were lagging behind after Dwight Gail hit the 14th minute. But then United took things in his own hands and made a full turn after the goals of Antoni Marcial (37 ‘), Chris Smoling (45’ + 1), Paul Pogba (54 ‘) and Rommel Lukaku (70’). The most expensive player of the hosts had not played since September 12, but returned with a hit and assists. Thus, the Red Devils recorded the fifth win of five Premier League games since the start of the season.
Pugba returned to the home team of Jose Mourinho after missing the last 12 games due to injury. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had not played since April, has also been reinstated, as well as Markos Rook. The last two, however, remained on the bench. Ibra, however, appeared in play in the 77th minute after being absent for seven months due to a severe knee injury.
Victor Liedelhoff started at the center of defense, and Juan Mata and Antoni Marciale were also heads of Manchester United. Raphael Benitez had made two changes compared to the last match of the “Swarovski”. Kiaran Clark and Jacob Murphy started for the guests. In the seventh minute Lucaque missed a good chance. Rashford did well on Valencia on the right flank, the Ecuador immediately centered on land in the penalty area where Lukaku knocked but sent the ball over the door.
The “Sharks”, however, started very well, hard pressed their rival and attacked quite dangerously. In the 14th minute the guests organized a great attack. Yedlin made a great break across the right flank, then returned to Gail, who shot 12 meters in the left corner. Lindelof, who previously lost the ball and thus kicked off the goal attack, slipped and did not stop, so United made the first goal in the Premier League at Old Trafford this season. “The Sharks” continued to attack more dangerous, although they were already leading. In the 20th minute Shelley brought Murphy a perfect shot but he shot inches from the far beam.
In the 26th minute, Lucacou missed another good opportunity for the Red Devils after he headed Liedelof’s center but sent the ball over the crossbar again.
In the 37th minute United equalized. Pugba kept very skillfully on the right flank, managed Mankiyo and then centered on the far beam where Marissal headed, sending the ball into the corner – 1: 1. At the very end of the first part, the hosts had quite reasonable claims for a penalty after Lukaku fell into the small penalty area detained by Clark. But Craig Pusson’s signal did not follow. However, a minute later United made a full reversal with a second goal with a head. This time, it was realized by Chris Smiling, who detected a centering of Young.
In the added time, Hayden missed a great chance to equalize after crossing Smiling and facing De Hae, but United’s guardsmen slaughtered. The rebounded ball reached Richie, who sent her back again, but she met Gail’s body and went sideways.
At the very beginning of the second part, Pugba again found Martial in the small penalty area, but this time the attacker slipped and failed to score a shot.
In the 54th minute the Red Devils organized an extraordinary attack. Mata took Lucasu to the left flank, while Rapsford sprinted into the penalty area, where he caught the Belgian’s center and elegantly pulled his head to Pugba, for whom he had nothing to do except to score three meters – 3: 1.
In the 70th minute Lucaquu rose to 4: 1 after making a double with Mata and shot Rob Elliot, putting his first goal with United’s team on Sept. 30.
In the 77th minute, after a seven-month absence, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in, replacing Antoni Marciail, and was greeted with the applause of the Old Trafford fans. In the end, Ibra and Fellaini missed a fifth goal for the hosts. In both situations, Eliot intervened well.
Manchester United has 26 points – eight behind Man City. Newcastle is 11th with 14 points. It was the 38th consecutive match in all tournaments without a home loss for the Reds.