Man United down Newcastle
Manchester United travelled to Newcastle on Saturday, aiming to bounce back from a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham last time out.
In something of a risk, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to make a number of changes to his regular starting line-up.
As such, when Luke Shaw guided the ball into his own net inside two minutes, the visitors looked set for a rough evening.
However, Harry Maguire went on to equalise 23 minutes in. The Red Devils then struggled to find the spark required to bag a second goal.
A late flurry of action, though, eventually saw United come away with a somewhat flattering 4-1 win.
All of Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford were on target between the 86th and 96th minutes, ensuring the Reds returned to Manchester with all three points.
Highlights: Newcastle 1-Manchester United 4
Solskjaer on van de Beek
As mentioned above, despite equalising fairly early in the game, Man United did struggle to create over lengthy stretches at St. James’ Park.
However, once Donny van de Beek was introduced off the bench, the Manchester giants looked a much improved side.
Granted, he did not manage to score against Newcastle, but the Dutchman’s impact was pretty clear regardless, with his ability to speed up play crucial on the day.
This, in turn, begs the question, why is van de Beek yet to start a Premier League game for United?
In his appearances both off the bench and from the first whistle (in the League Cup), the former Ajax standout has often looked one of the best players on the pitch.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was therefore inevitably drawn on van de Beek’s lack of minutes thus far in his United career, though the Norwegian was quick to assure that the midfielder will soon see more consistent action:
“He’ll get his game time. He’s been fantastic in the group.
“I think you see today and in training, he’s so neat and tidy, I don’t think he lost the ball once.
“It’s about finding the balance in the team. We’ve won 4-1 today and you’re asking why I didn’t start one of the players. He’ll have a very good impact on the team.”
Quotes via Goal.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.