Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle

Amad Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund helped Manchester United to a 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford to move level with the Magpies.

Kobbie Mainoo’s opening goal was enough to put Erik ten Hag’s side ahead at the break, but Anthony Gordon leveled matters early in the second half in an entertaining match full of chances at both ends of the pitch.

Amad restored the lead by firing home his first Premier League goal from the edge of the penalty area, before Hojlund came off the bench to double the lead. Lewis Hall’s goal set up a nerve-wracking finish, but only goal difference now keeps Newcastle in seventh place.

Player Ratings

Manchester United: Onana (7), Dalot (6), Casemiro (6), Evans (6), Wan-Bissaka (6), Mainoo (7), Amrabat (6), Fernandes (8), McTominay (6), Garnacho (6) ), Amad (8).

Subs used: Hojlund (7), Martinez (6), Rashford (6), Eriksen (n/a).

Newcastle: Dubravka (5), Trippier (5), Krafth (6), Burn (5), Hall (6), Longstaff (6), Bruno Guimaraes (7), Anderson (6), J Murphy (7), Isak (6) ), Gordon (8).

Subs used: Joelinton (6), Almiron (6), Schar (6), Barnes (6).

Player of the match: Bruno Fernandes.

What an entertaining game

Newcastle started the match confidently enough with Manchester United looking cautious, but it was the home side who came closest for the opening goal. Alejandro Garnacho’s shot from the corner was well saved by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

The Ten Hag team did not have to wait long, Mainoo broke through just after the half hour. Amad’s pass somehow trickled through to the midfielder, who calmly fired the ball into the net after being played onside by Kieran Trippier.

Team news

  • Bruno Fernandes returned to the Manchester United starting line-up while Rasmus Hojlund was dropped to the bench.
  • Alexander Isak was fit enough to start for Newcastle as Kieran Trippier returned to the side for the first time since early March.

That led to renewed pressure from the Magpies. Sofyan Amrabat was lucky not to be awarded a penalty after catching Gordon, while the much-criticised Casemiro cleared the line and denied Dan Burn a header shortly afterwards.

Newcastle did level after the restart, with Jacob Murphy’s cross finding Gordon after Amrabat had lost possession. But the Manchester United midfielder made up for that with a crucial block to prevent Alexander Isak from putting the visitors ahead minutes later.

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Amad Diallo sent a rocket into the back of the net for his first Premier League goal

It turned out to be significant because it was followed by Amad’s spectacular intervention. The young winger had to wait patiently for his opportunities this season, but is proving to be a more powerful option than Antony. It was a bad goal from the edge of the penalty area.

Newcastle kept going and the game was so open that there was never a feeling that the scoring was over. Gordon came close to the second equalizer when he danced past Casemiro but his shot dragged inches wide of Andre Onana’s far post.

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Rasmus Hojlund made it three with his first touch for Manchester United

A substitution from Ten Hag was needed to take the game away from Newcastle again. Hojlund had been dropped for this match but his impact was immediate as he came on and held off Burn’s challenge to beat Dubravka with a solid right-footed shot.

Hall’s effort from distance made for a thrilling finale, but there was no further drama and Howe’s men had to wait to secure a place in the top seven. Ten Hag and his players maintain that hope and now have some courage to take them to the FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Ten Hag’s speech to Man Utd fans

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Erik ten Hag praised the Manchester United supporters after a difficult season

Ten Hag addressed the crowd on the field after Manchester United’s last home game of the season.

“On behalf of the players, staff and myself, I would like to thank you all for your brilliant support throughout the season,” he said.

“As you know, it was not an easy season, but one thing remained constant: that was your support for the team.

“But this season is not over yet. First we travel to Brighton where we go for three points and then we go to Wembley.

“And I promise you that those players will give everything… everything – to take that cup and bring it back to Old Trafford.

“And we are sure that you will support us. We thank you. You are the best supporters in the world. Thank you.”

Match in statistics

  • 141 goals have been scored in Newcastle’s matches this season. It is the fourth highest number of any team in a single season in the Premier League and the highest since Liverpool in 2013/2014.
  • Manchester United have conceded 58 goals in the Premier League this season, the most in a single season in the competition.
  • Rasmus Hojlund scored his first Premier League goal as a substitute, with his strike coming just 106 seconds after his introduction, making it the eighth fastest substitute goal in the competition this season.
  • Amad Diallo is the youngest African player to both score and assist in a Premier League match since Kelechi Iheanacho for Leicester against West Brom in March 2018.
  • Anthony Gordon has become only the fourth Newcastle player to score home and away goals against Manchester United in a Premier League campaign.

What’s next?

The last day of the Premier League season sees Man Utd visit Brighton Sunday, starting at 4 p.m.

Newcastle’s final push in their hunt for European football brings them a visit Brentford at the same time.

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