Above~Man of the Match Pogba
Mourinho brings swagger back to Man Utd
Manchester United came from a goal down to beat Newcastle 4-1 in the Premier League as both Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to action.
The visitors took the lead early on through Dwight Gayle’s tidy finish from inside the box after fine work by DeAndre Yedlin.
This was a performance peppered with quality goals and attacking prowess, while there was a swagger about the way United picked off Newcastle after they became the first visiting team to score a league goal at Old Trafford this season.
But this was Manchester United’s 10th successive league and cup win at Old Trafford
and Anthony Martial levelled with a header inside 20 minutes from man-of-the-match Pogba’s cross. Pogba had eased past Isaac Hayden before crossing for Martial to equalise,
Ashley Young then found the head of Chris Smalling who scored from close range.for the hosts’ second
A simple tap-in for Pogba capped a sublime move involving Juan Mata, Lukaku and Marcus Rashford before Pogba capped his comeback with a close-range finish from a clever Manchester header across goal.
United lost their record as the only side in Europe’s five major leagues not to have conceded a top-flight goal at home, but they showed they are back to their ruthless best in front of goal.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was aiming to become the first manager to beat United in the league at Old Trafford with three different clubs.
But the Spaniard, who oversaw wins with Liverpool and Chelsea, was left to reflect on a sixth top-flight defeat against a team managed by Mourinho.
There was a cold handshake before kick-off between the two managers – who have both had spells in charge at Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea.
Yet there was no doubting who emerged triumphant in the battle of the tactics, with Mourinho able to send on Ibrahimovic for his first run-out since 20 April safe in the knowledge that the points were already won.
Magpies need to learn lessons fast
Newcastle have lost their past three league games, with this their heaviest defeat since returning to the Premier League as Championship winners last season.
They managed a creditable five shots on target from 12 attempts, including when the busy Murphy was denied by the fingertips of David de Gea in the second half.
However, the manner in which Newcastle allowed United to play out the final 20 minutes like a training ground exercise should concern Benitez.
He will be hoping for an improvement in time for a December programme that involves matches at Chelsea and Arsenal and a home game against leaders Manchester City.
Man of the match – Paul Pogba – (Manchester United)