Manchester United came from a goal down to outscore a determined and a well-drilled Newcastle United side by three goals – winning the contest by four-goals-to-one at the end of a very entertaining Barclay Premier fixture played at Old Trafford.
Dwight Gayle scored the Magpies’ first goal in the thirteenth minute of the first half of the game. He curled into the net a low cross he received from DeAndrea Yedlin inside United’s eighteen yard box , and his final shot took a deflection from the upright on its way into the goalpost.
Manchester United got their equalizer through Anthony Martial’s in the thirty seventh minute of the game. The France international powered into the net a Paul Pogba’s cross that located him inside the opponent’s six yard box.
Pogba, who returned to the team after a long injury layoff, made a significant difference to the way United played, thus vindicating Jose Mourinho who attributed the goal-drought his side has been experiencing to the absence of his all-action mid-fielder.
At the terminal part of the first half, United launched a sustained barrage of attacks against their opponent in their half of the pitch, but the visitors where able to defend the crosses that were directed to Romelu Lukaku inside their goal-mouth. In one of such attacking play, Chris Smallings scored with a powerful header of a curling cross from Ashley Young.
In spite of Manchester United dominance of the game in the second half, Newcastle showed a good defensive organization, with Jonjo Shelvey able most times to boss proceeding at the middle of the field with his incisive passes to his team mates, his timely tackles and his ability to initiate offensive play from his position at the centre mid-field.
Pogba continued to play with undisguised swagger in the second half of the match, and was able to add his name to the scorer’s sheet when he scored with a simple tap-in inside the opponent’s six yard box.
Romelu Lukaku ended his goal drought when he scored with a venomous shot from inside the Magpies’ eighteen yard box.
With victory already in sight, Mourinho was emboldened to make a raft of changes, which saw the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovich introduced into the match.
Ibrahimovich, who was also returning from a long injury layoff, played to the admiration of United’s fans . The Swede showed his trademark playing style and almost scored with an acrobatic strike, which goalkeeper Robert Elliot smartly punched out danger.
Although Newcastle lost the game with a wide margin, they gave a good account of themselves with the tactical brilliance they exhibited in the course of the match. At the end of the encounter, it was Manchester United’s expensive assemblage of talented players that made the difference.