Manchester United 4 – 1 Newcastle United, Match Report and Highlights
On Boxing Day 26 December 2019, the Red Devils squashed Newcastle United 4 goals to one in their 19th week premier league match. Earlier on, Chelsea lost at home to Southampton FC in terrible manner, which some speculates can lead to the dismissal of the manager, Frank Lampard.
Manchester United had earlier the week lost to bottom club Watford at Old Trafford, whilst Chelsea beat Mourinho’ side Tottenham Hotspurs.
Halfway through the Premier League season, Manchester United claimed an emphatic come-from-behind 4-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford in their penultimate game of the year on Boxing Day.
Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial all struck with the boot in the first half after Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff opened the scoring, courtesy of Miguel Almirón’s fine infield pass. Longstaff had chipped the ball through to Joelinton, who held off Harry Maguire, before turning and laying back to Longstaff, who controlled and then shot into the corner of the net.
Martial levelled the scores seven minutes later before a stunning strike from Greenwood and a fine header from Rashford gave the Red Devils a commanding lead. The opening stages seemed even at this point, but United’s forwards proved the difference as each member of the front three found the net.
Martial would add to his personal tally and extend the Red Devils’ lead moments after the restart thanks to a dreadful back-pass from Sean Longstaff under pressure, which turned into a perfect through-ball for Martial, who raced clean through on goal before dinking the ball over the diving Martin Dúbravka in the Newcastle goal.
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While United have won just one of their last 17 league matches when they’ve enjoyed more possession than their opponents, a 3-1 win at Norwich City in October, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side closed out on a good performance on the night, which lifted the team to seventh on the table – just four points behind Chelsea in fourth – following an embarrassing 2-0 loss to Watford in their previous fixture.
Red Devils paper over cracks
This was a much-needed win for Solskjær after the embarrassing setback at Vicarage Road one match ago. The Norwegian will, however, be concerned at the way his team started the game. Matty Longstaff’s precise finish means Manchester United have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since beating Leicester City at Old Trafford back on September 14.
A short turnaround beckons for both teams, as they are again in action on Saturday. Manchester United head to Burnley while Newcastle host Everton, with Carlo Ancelotti as the new man in charge at Merseyside’s blue.