Saturday, October 17, 2020 at
Manchester United has recovered after the painful 1-6 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur before the international period. On a visit to Newcastle United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men seemed to have to settle for a 1-1 draw, but in the closing minutes Manchester United took the game completely: 1-4. Donny van de Beek came on fifteen minutes before the end and played an important role in the 1-2.
Solskjaer did not opt for his favorite eleven at Manchester United, but again there was no starting place for Van de Beek. The summer acquisition started for the fourth time in a row as a substitute; Solskjaer opted for a block with Scott McTominay and Fred in midfield. Bruno Fernandes played number ten, a position for which Van de Beek could also qualify. Manchester United hoped to recover after the shameful 1-6 defeat just under two weeks ago, but got off to a disastrous start to the game.
In the second minute of the game arrived the Red Devils in a particularly unfortunate way behind. Luke Shaw worked the ball behind his own goalkeeper when attempting a cross from Emil Krafth: 1-0. Manchester United did not panic after the goal against. The visitors had a lot of possession and tried to find a hole in the defense of Newcastle United in the enemy half. After twenty minutes, a goal from the guests was disallowed: Fernandes curled the ball past keeper Karl Darlow, but Juan Mata was offside in the run-up to the goal.
Shortly after, the 1-1 still followed: Harry Maguire, so maligned in recent weeks by defensive errors and an argument during his vacation in Greece, headed the equalizer against the ropes after a corner from Mata. Although David de Gea had to save a long shot from Allan Saint-Maximin, Manchester United prevailed in the remainder of the first half. Shortly after the break, De Gea prevented Callum Wilson from making it 2-1 on the goal line. Fellow goalkeeper Darlow, however, took the lead, parrying a penalty from Fernandes in his right corner after Jamal Lewis fouled Marcus Rashford.
Fifteen minutes before the end, Van de Beek made his entrance as a substitute and he played an important role prior to the 1-2: on the left flank, Van de Beek set up the attack together with Fernandes from which the latter eventually scored, after a pass from Rashford. The 1-3 followed in injury time from a hard shot by Aaron Wan-Bissaka; in the final second, Rashford even made it 1-4. Manchester United booked their second win of the season and has collected six points from the first four games.