– Three late goals from the Red Devils were enough to see off Newcastle
– Man United went behind inside two minutes’ courtesy of a Luke Shaw own goal
– Harry Maguire equalized midway in the first half as Bruno Fernandes had a goal disallowed
– Marcus Rashford and Fernandes combined brilliantly late in the game to turn the game on its head
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Manchester United bounced back to winning ways in emphatic fashion on Saturday, October 17 as they thumped Newcastle 4-1 at St James’ Park.
Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 20 Premier League goals in 18 appearances in the competition. Photo: Getty Images.
Coming from the back of a humiliating 6-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the last fixture, nothing short of a good performance was expected from Solskjaer’s men.
Despite the high expectations, the Red Devils made the worst possible start to the game as they found themselves trailing two minutes into the game after Luke Shaw inexplicably deflected a menacing cross into his own net.
The goal seemed to shake the visitors, who were a bit lackluster in the opening exchanges.
Notably, Solskjaer made a number of changes for the game, bringing in the likes of Daniel James, Juan Mata and Harry Maguire, who was heavily tipped to miss the game.
United thought they had found an equaliser when Bruno Fernandes found the net in the 20th minute but his goal was ruled out for offside.
The visitors would not be denied a second time, however, as a Juan Mata corner three minutes later was met by Maguire, who headed in the leveler.
Newcastle’s greatest goal threat came in the form of Allan Saint Maximin, who powered a shot which was brilliantly saved by David De Gea late in the first half as the first period ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
January signing Bruno Fernandes stole the show once again when his blew a chance to give his side the lead from the penalty spot in the 58th minute as goalkeeper Karl Darlow expertly stopped the spot kick specialist’s effort.
It was quite a commendable effort from Darlow as it was the first time anyone saved Bruno Fernandes’ penalty since 2016.
Both sides cancelled each other out and when it looked like the game was meandering towards a frustrating 1-1 draw for Man United, up stepped Bruno Fernandes late in the game.
Fernandes benefited from a Marcus Rashford pass to coolly slot home a powerful shot past Darlow in the 86th minute, much to the relief of Man United fans.
The late winner seemed to have deflated the home side as United once again went on the attack in extra time, with Marcus Rashford feeding Aaron Wan Bissaka for his first goal for the club.
Rashford also got in on the action, this time latching on a lovely ball from Bruno Fernandes to power home a shot to put the game beyond the hosts.
The win takes the Red Devils to 14th place with six points from four games.
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