Man United 4 – Newcastle 1
After losing 1-0 to Chelsea before the international break, Man United returned to winning ways on Saturday against Newcastle.
The win has left Man United second in the Premier League. The Red Devils are eight points behind Man City after the Sky Blues won at Leicester.
Man United will have the opportunity to take points off Man City on December 10, when the two Manchester sides face off in the derby at Old Trafford.
Man City look set to go into the game without John Stones.
Juan Mata’s Monday blog
Spanish midfielder Juan Mata was a late second half sub in the Newcastle game.
Mata replaced Ander Herrera in the 83rd minute of the game.
On Monday, the former Chelsea midfielder has uploaded his weekly blog, and he’s reflected on why the Newcastle win was so special.
While the Spaniard touched on the return of several Man United stars, that wasn’t the most pleasing aspect of the win for Mata:
With that in mind, being able to recover players such as Paul, Ibra and Marcos is great news for the team, for we will need the full squad in order to show the best performance in every competition, same as we’ve been doing so far.
It was great to see them back on the pitch, especially Marcos and Ibra after such a long time away. They have worked really hard to be back and they deserve to have a great season. I’m sure both of them will help us a lot in the coming months.
The truth is, last Saturday’s win was special because it was the first comeback of the season. So far, in most of the games we had scored first and won. Against Newcastle, though, we conceded a goal and then we had to come back, and the way we did it was the best proof of the team’s ambition and character. Newcastle is a tough opponent, a well-crafted team with good players, but we were able to defeat them in a complete performance from the whole team.