After an initial scare in the 17th minute, Solskjaer’s Manchester United cruised to victory against Newcastle. Matty Longstaff scored yet again against United, as he did in the victory at St James Park earlier in the season, but his team was unable to replicate the former result as United fought back and brilliantly tore Newcastle apart.
A defensive lapse in the 17th minute meant Newcastle had an early lead away from home and it looked like deja vu for United fans. This was merely a blip in this game for the home team. The United players rallied and quickly came back into the game. They pressed Newcastle with a lot of energy and gave them no quarter. In the first half, all three of United’s three strikers were on the score sheet.
In the second half, Martial completed his double, profiting from a Newcastle howler in defense to chip the ball over Dubravka. Paul Pogba, who had replaced Scott Mctominay at half time, was then joined by Lingard and Mata on the pitch, with the scoreline allowing Solskjaer a chance at rotation, which is crucial during the holiday period.
Even when 4-1 up, United kept on harrying Newcastle, leaving them with no chance to get back in the game.
Overall, Solskjaer will be pleased with his team’s reaction after conceding early. His front line were ruthless with their goal scoring chances and the whole team pressed and exuded a fantastic attitude.
The Norwegian was also able to give more minutes to Pogba in a less intense 45 minutes. The Frenchman will surely start the next game. Martial and Rashford were withdrawn early to avoid injuries and keep them a bit fresher for the Burnley game at the weekend. Squad players like Mata and Lingard were brought on to keep the ball and see out the game.
Now comes another major challenge for Solskjaer. They have been unable to build up momentum properly in the Premier League this season. A win against Burnley is essential if they want to get back in the top four, especially with Spurs winning against Brighton today.
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