NEWCASTLE UNITED’S FIGHTING SPIRIT WAS WAIVED OFF IN THE SECOND HALF
With the scores levelled at 1-1, Steve Bruce’s men would have hoped to have picked up at least a point from this away fixture. The Magpies were unable to hold off the hosts as they were hit by two goals in the second half by Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes. Newcastle United failed to breach their opponent’s defence for a second time as they were unable to gather momentum in the final third to threaten Manchester United’s backline.
However, there were a couple of good performances from the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron as the attacking duo made some brave attempts to dismantle the Red Devils backline. All in all, it was another below-average performance from Newcastle United and therefore are now required to put up a better show against Wolverhampton Wanderers next week.
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ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE FROM MANCHESTER UNITED’S FRONT THREE
After a brilliant attacking display against Real Sociedad, United were hoping to continue their good form in front of the goal on Sunday. The hosts took some time to settle down against the Magpies as they found it tough to break through the opponent’s defence. The opening goal eased some nerves for the Red Devils and had later paved the way for the other two goals in the game.
Daniel James had another brilliant performance as he helped his side take the lead back from the visitors. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to back the Welshman for a second consecutive start had paid off and hence the Norwegian boss would again look to keep his faith in the winger during the return leg against La Real on Wednesday.
Bruno Fernandes, too, had a field day at Old Trafford as he notched up his 22nd goal of the season and has now become the second-highest goalscorer in the Premier League this campaign. The Portuguese midfielder will likely be rested for the next game against Sociedad in order to manage his workload and keep him fresh for the upcoming vital fixtures next month.