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Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United: 5 Talking Points

Shuvam Sinha
ANALYST
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54.11K   //    19 Nov 2017, 12:59 IST

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League
Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League

Manchester United came from behind to register a comfortable victory over Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

The hosts suffered an early setback when Dwight Gayle took advantage of Victor Lindelof's slip to score the first league goal by an opposition player at Old Trafford this season. United equalised through Anthony Martial in the 37th minute, before Chris Smalling's header completed the turnaround at the stroke of half-time.

Paul Pogba extended his side's lead to cap off a brilliant performance on his return from injury and Romelu Lukaku made sure of all three points with a powerfully drilled shot to end a 7-game goal drought.

Here are the talking points from the game:


#5 Newcastle United get off to a flying start

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League
Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League

Not even the most optimistic Toon would have anticipated the start Newcastle United made at Old Trafford. Rafa Benitez's side were quick off the blocks, moving the ball around swiftly and creating chances through the middle and also via. set-pieces.

Jonjo Shelvey was impressive in midfield with his wide range of passing, while Jacob Murphy utilized the wings to good measure to test the fullbacks.

They were rewarded with a goal - much to the shock of the Old Trafford crowd - when Victor Lindelof lost his footing while facing a square pass, allowing Dwight Gayle the space to get a shot away and beat David de Gea. That goal was the first conceded by United at Old Trafford in the league this season and the first from open play in all of 2017.

Newcastle kept the pressure on after going ahead, pressing United's defenders in their own half and giving them no room to play the ball forward. Benitez's men were easily the superior side in the opening half-an-hour, creating opportunities while dominating proceedings in midfield.


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