Newcastle United vs Manchester United Match Analysis

Image from Daily Express.

Manchester United now have four wins in four games after they traveled to St James Park to take on Newcastle United away from home and yes, Man Utd even managed to keep a clean sheet, which has been long overdue! But what happened throughout the fixture? And what have we learned?

Here I am going to break it down for you.

Solskjaer had seemed to be in a bit of trouble as his team couldn't put one past the Newcastle Goalkeeper, but the Former Man United player and Legend knew a thing or two about substitutions and that is exactly what he done here tonight as he brought on Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, who both had instant impacts in the 2nd half. Big Rom seems to be back on track in terms of scoring goals as he was brought on for Martial around the 60th minute and count about 40 seconds later, he bangs one in with his first touch!

The goal came from a set piece that was well taken by Marcus Rashford as the ball came off the goal keeper for Big Rom to come and knock it in, which opened the score sheet.

Talking Points:
  • Instant Impact from Lukaku.
  • 4 goals in 6 league games for the Belgian. 
Although Newcastle kept their shape in the back-line, it eventually became too much for them as  later came a great link-up play that involved Lukaku, Sanchez and Rashford. Sanchez gives Marcus a lovely pass in between two of the Newcastle defenders as Rashford seals the game that leads to 4 straight wins!

Rashford carried the biggest threat and was knocking on the door of that Newcastle defence all game.

Talking Points:
  • Rashford continues his fire form and adds another to his tally.
  • Solskjaer with another impact substitution.
Manchester United, although kept a clean sheet, they did give some chances away throughout the game but luckily they weren't punished for it. They will need to be far better and more careful in their next fixture which happens to be against Tottenham. 

Valencia also (for me) should have played his last game in a red shirt due to his disappointing performance throughout the game, he had some trouble defending and doesn't add much going forward. Lindelof was great in the back and marched forward and gave Rashford a wonderful lobbed pass, but Rashford didn't make the most of it and he (Victor) was very composed and controlled the back well as he kept Rondon silent. I think he just needs to find a solid partner back there and Man United could see a lot more clean sheets.

Talking Points:
  • Valencia needs to be forgotten.
  • Victor Lindelof is Man United's best defender.
  • Defence needs to be improved for Spurs.
Pogba also could have got himself a goal in the end as he took it around Dubravka for a clear shot but side netted it, but most importantly Manchester United seem to be enjoying themselves again as they are performing as we knew they could, now with bit of freedom, they are truly fun to watch again and we're seeing the Manchester United of old! 

It is crazy how just one simple change in managers can do wonders for the entire team.


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