Terrible water has flowed beneath the Tyne Bridge since the days when Kevin Keegan’s Entertainers almost beat Manchester United in the Premier League title but Newcastle often raised their game against the visiting trans -Pennine this.
Although it ended in defeat for Steve Bruce’s side it is a prime example. It does not matter that Ole Gunnar Solskjær̵7;s side temporarily forget their recent struggles to win the good of late goals from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford, Newcastle are more than just take part in a wonderful game.
Solskjær spent his interviews before the fight repeating the message: “We need a response.”
But Manchester United are two minutes behind in favor of Luke Shaw’s own goal. It features the worst of deflections – Emil Krafth’s cross combines the fighter’s extended leg and beyond one of David de Gea’s wrong feet – but comes to an end with a quick and persuasive Newcastle attack involving by Allan Saint-Maximin and Jonjo Shelvey who are very easy outmanoeuvring their supposed marker.
Now Solskjær really needs the right kind of repost from his team. Perhaps with his extra relief, he got one.
Fernandes thought he scored after stepping next to Karl Darlow in a one-two situation with Juan Mata but the goal was not allowed for an offside against the Spaniard. Solskjær frowned but, unbeknownst to the Norwegian, the storm clouds were rising.
Mata quickly took a corner and was soon celebrating after Harry Maguire, who finally reached the box and expertly avoided Jamaal Lascelles, headed it across Darlow from six yards. At the end of an unfortunate week in England, the Manchester United captain has finally proven he can do something after all.
With Manchester United looking particularly strong on their left flank, Krafth began to struggle to the right and it took Lascelles and Federico Fernández to make some important blocks and clearances, while Darlow saved Marcus Rashford seemingly. with a distance of 20 yards shot.
Not to be outdone, De Gea has done similar wonders to reject Saint-Maximin as a deeper Newcastle seat mounted by a very rare attack.
Saint Maximin’s extraordinary footwork was a successful success in driving Maguire and friends to the point that the French crossed in the direction of Callum Wilson. The striker’s connection – through an extended boot – was true but De Gea responded with a world-saving reflex. Perhaps having Dean Henderson on the bench limits his concentration?
If nothing could justify the greed that fueled the demand that per per view subscribers contributed an extra £ 14.95 to watch this game on top of their normal satellite subscription somehow raised by Saint-Maximin and De Gea the tone. No wonder Bruce hypes the former as “new David Ginola”.
The drama continued as the VAR signaled a potential penalty and Craig Pawson agreed that Jamal Lewis’ boot was in contact with Rashford’s shin. Fernandes climbed up but Darlow threw his strongest hands to move the ball and Bruce breathed a little easier.
This is the first penalty Portugal international has seen saved since he first pulled a shirt at Manchester United and emphasized how weak his side has improved. As good as Mata and Fernandes are, another star stopping from De Gea keeps Shelvey sinking. Appropriately stung, Fernandes continued the round with a great curling shot following Rashford’s gorgeous reverse pass before Wan-Bissaka and Rashford themselves enjoyed the final words.