Manchester United bounced back from their humiliation at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur with a convincing 4-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James Park on Sunday.
The game couldn't have started in worse fashion for United, who conceded in the second minute through a wicked deflection. Jonjo Shelvey drove through the heart of the pitch before feeding Emil Krafth on the right flank, who teased in a dangerous cross that flicked off Luke Shaw and beyond David de Gea in to the back of the net.
The visitors had a goal disallowed in the 20th minute. Juan Mata and Bruno Fernandes played a clever one-two inside the box, allowing the latter to slam a brilliant, curling finish beyond Karl Darlow! However, after a check from VAR, it was revealed that Mata was offside during the build-up and the goal was ruled out.
Three minutes later, the Red Devils would have their equaliser when Harry Maguire timed his jump perfectly and headed Mata's corner across Darlow and in to the back of the net.
On the half-hour mark, Allan Saint-Maximin cut inside from the left-wing before rifling a shot from 20 yards that arrowed towards the near post, which De Gea leapt across to parry away.
Six minutes later, Darlow made another fine save. Daniel James threaded a neat pass towards Aaron Wan-Bissaka who hit a first time cross that spun towards the far post, where Darlow was on hand to tip it over the bar.
De Gea kept United in the game with a stunning save in the 51st minute. Saint-Maximin tormented Scott McTominay and Wan-Bissaka before dinking in a delightful cross towards Callum Wilson, who stretched to poke it goalwards from close range, however, De Gea scrambled across to claw it back off the line and away from harm.
Jamal Lewis fouled Rashford inside the box in the 57th minute as the referee pointed to the spot. However, Fernandes could not convert for the visitors.
However, the Portuguese playmaker would make amends in the 84th minute by giving his side the lead. Mata released Rashford down the wing with a sweeping pass, allowing the attacker to cut inside, before slipping a deft reverse pass through to Fernandes who hit a curling effort from close range over Darlow and into the top corner.
Wa-Bissaka put the icing on the cake in stoppage time. Newcastle wearily pushed forward and lost possession, allowing Wan-Bissaka to charge forward and the full-back played a rapid one-two with Rashford before closing in on goal and smashing a vicious effort past Darlow at the near post.
Rashford put even more gloss on proceedings when he showed scintillating speed to run on to Fernandes' through-ball and thunder the ball past Darlow and in to the back of the net.
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