Manchester United had a brilliant comeback against Newcastle United on Saturday, beating them 3-2 at Old Trafford. At the beginning of the game, United looked in the same form they’ve looked in the past couple of weeks. Newcastle went scored 2 goals in the first 10 minutes. The first coming from Kenedy, when he ran onto a through ball from Ayoze Perez, turning Ashley Young, and firing a shot into the bottom left corner. The second came from Yoshinori Muto, making his first start for Newcastle after being signed this summer. After a ball was crossed into the box, Muto controlled it and hit a low strike past David De Gea’s right foot. United was in disarray and so was Jose Mourinho. These goals led Mourinho to sub off Eric Bailly for Juan Mata, and dropped Scott McTimonay back into cover Bailly’s position.
At half time, something peculiar happened. According to The Sun, Mourinho asked his players for advice. Pogba told Mourinho to sub Marouane Fellani in and Pogba was to play a deeper role, seeing him play in front of the centre-backs and behind Fellani. Pogba’s tactics ended up seeing United win the game. They didn’t score their first until the 70 minute, when Juan Mata curled a free-kick from 20 yards out over the wall and into the near corner. Then six minutes later, after a good amount of chances from United’s offense, Anthony Martial scored the equaliser after a wonderful flick from Pogba to set him up. Then, there was an unexpected hero who scored the 90 minute goal to see Untied the three points, it was Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez headed a cross in from Ashley Young, to finally break his scoring drought (hasn’t scored since March 31). The second half was all Manchester United and it’s crazy to see that Mourinho asked his players for advice.
United’s past four games saw them no wins, so this game was a big morale boost for the fans and players. It also shows that Mourinho and Pogba’s relationship isn’t beyond repair. There is a lot of controversy regarding Mourinho’s position as coach of the club, so this win shows that he still has something to give United. It’s good to see United win this way, it gives United fans something to be proud about and it shows other clubs that they still are at the caliber to win games.
United’s next couple of games are going to be tough, they play Chelsea and Everton next in the Premier League and they also will play Juventus in the Champions League.