Anthony Martial’s double and a Mason Greenwood rocket fired Manchester United to a 4-1 win in opposition to Newcastle that lifted the temper at Old Trafford after their current struggles.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet slumped to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at lowly Watford final weekend to lift contemporary questions in regards to the United supervisor’s capacity to encourage his gamers.
When Matty Longstaff put Newcastle forward within the first half on Thursday, Solskjaer’s critics had been sharpening their knives once more.
But Martial rode to Solskjaer’s rescue with the equaliser and Greenwood’s thunderbolt put United forward earlier than Marcus Rashford rounded off a primary half blitz.
Martial netted once more after the interval as United ended a two-match winless run within the Premier League and moved into seventh place, simply 4 factors behind fourth positioned Chelsea within the race to qualify for the Champions League.
United’s failure to match the degrees they confirmed of their current win at champions Manchester City throughout lacklustre efforts in opposition to Watford and Everton had put Solskjaer’s future within the highlight once more.
The Norwegian insisted he retains the help of United homeowners the Glazer household, however he might hardly afford one other setback in opposition to mid-table opponents like Newcastle.
Scott McTominay tried too laborious to set the tone for United when he crunched right into a studs-high sort out on Sean Longstaff that earned him the quickest Premier League reserving of the season after simply 40 seconds.
That was a part of a spluttering begin from United and Dwight Gayle ought to have put Newcastle forward from Joelinton’s go, however the striker blazed excessive into the Stretford End.
It was a warning that Solskjaer’s males didn’t heed as Newcastle took the lead within the seventeenth minute.
Matty Longstaff had scored the winner in opposition to United on his Premier League debut in October.
The 19-year-old midfielder was making simply his third look since that dream debut at St James’ Park and this was his first purpose since.
Stepping previous Luke Shaw, he produced a positive low end after Joelinton confirmed spectacular composure to tee up Longstaff contained in the penalty space.
Now with no clean-sheet in 14 league video games, United wanted a fast response to raise the gloom and Martial acquired a serving to hand as he delivered the equaliser within the twenty fourth minute.
Andreas Pereira’s neat lay-off from Shaw’s go gave Martial a sight of purpose and French striker’s low shot squirmed below a weak tried save from Martin Dubravka at his close to put up.
Newcastle had contributed to their very own downfall on that event and Greenwood punished extra sloppy defending to place United in entrance within the thirty sixth minute.
Greenwood, making simply his third Premier League begin, has been one of many few vivid spots in a irritating season.
The 18-year-old showcased his huge potential when he seized on Fabian Schar’s wayward go and crashed a elegant strike previous Dubravka from 20 yards for his eighth purpose of the season.
United had all of the momentum and elevated their lead within the forty first minute, with Rashford climbing highest to energy a header into the roof of the web from Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s pin-point cross regardless of Newcastle appeals for a foul within the build-up.
Following Rashford’s fifteenth membership purpose this season, Solskjaer despatched on Pogba at half-time for his second look since getting back from a prolonged ankle harm.
It was Pogba’s compatriot Martial who put the end result past doubt within the 51st minute.
Sean Longstaff’s woeful tried back-pass from close to the midway line was intercepted by Martial and he raced into the world earlier than clipping his shot over Dubravka.
Martial was inches away from a hat-trick when his long-range blast hit the put up.