After 4 games without victory, the pressure continued to pile up for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Rumor had it that he was going to get the booth even if Man Utd won, lost or drew against Newcastle. It was a tough situation for the Portuguese born manager, everyone seemed to be confident playing against the Red Devils lately and the loss against Derby County in the Carabao Cup was the height of it. The fans were fed up, the team did not seem to be playing with purpose and sorry to say, lacked identity.
Newcastle United are one of the teams I follow closely in football, my attachment to the team dates far back as the year 2000 thanks to a close friend who gave me my first ever football jersey and if I wasn’t a Man Utd fan I probably would have been a Newcastle disciple. A few friends had called me earlier to find out who I would be rooting for, had to make it clear that United was my primary team and from the predictions posted yesterday, I gave the tie to the Red Devils.
It was the most embarrassing start I had ever seen from my beloved team, conceding 2 goals in 10 minutes with Brazilian born Kenedy who is on loan from Chelsea bagging the first goal for the Magpies in the 7th minute. Muto Yoshinori who hails from Japan slotted home a second for Newcastle in the 10th minute. This is a team that had not won in the Premier League this season boasting of 2 draws and 5 losses in the campaign thus far.
It seemed like a disjointed Man United side but again its not like the Red Devils have played as a team since the 2018/19 season kicked off. At this point there was only one United and it was Newcastle that was united in the first half, going into the break with a 2 nil lead.
Maroune Fellaini was on for Scottish youngster Scott McTominay and the change was not what I was expecting, but hey I am not at the helm.It was looking like Manchester United were going to pull a goal back with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic missing chances in succession. The game wore on with the Red Devils dominating without purpose. It was not until the 70th minute that Man Utd had some form of respite with Juan Mata who came on for Eric Bailly as early as the 19th minute getting a goal from a free-kick. A mis-kick by Matt Ritchie could not restore Newcastle’s 2 goal cushion in the 73rd minute.
It wasn’t long after, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial had a few seconds of bromance in a one-two move which led to the latter shooting past Martin Dúbravka in goal for the Magpies. Scores became 2-2, Manchester United who were 2 goals down as at the 70th minute were looking likely to nick the tie, though at this point I would have accepted a draw considering how the lads started the game.
GOALLLLLL, a 90th minute one at that. The resurgence was not over, the Red Devils had the final say. Chile born Alexis Sanchez connected to a well lofted Ashley Young cross to head home Manchester United’s 3rd goal and end the tie 3-2 in favour of the Red Devils.
I would love to see Newcastle’s Muto Yoshinori play more often and hopefully Newcastle would come good soonest.
What a GAME!!!
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