Manchester United sealed a dramatic 3-2 comeback triumph over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday. The Red Devils had come into the game on the back of four winless matches across all competitions and they made the worst possible start with Ayoze Perez and Yoshinori Muto handing the Magpies a 2-0 lead within the opening 10 minutes.
The Magpies thereafter went into the break holding onto their advantage but they witnessed a strong United fightback which begun from Juan Mata’s sublime freekick goal in the 70th minute. Anthony Martial followed to level the scores six minutes later before Alexis Sanchez sealed the comeback with his maiden goal of the season prior to stoppage time.
Two things we learned:
A lifeline for Jose Mourinho: The Portuguese tactician has continued to retain the faith of the United hierarchy despite an average start to the season but with the way things were flowing against the Magpies, the board may have been forced to make a shrewd decision during the international break. At 2-0 down, United appeared in tatters with the faithful far from impressed but the dramatic comeback has ensured that the Portuguese may stay at the helm for the visit to former club Chelsea following the international break.
Alexis Sanchez’s career-defining game: Since joining United last winter, the Chilean has gone through a tough patch where he has struggled to adapt to the club’s style of play. As such, he has fallen down the pecking order under Mourinho this season but his winning goal against the Magpies could provide the much-needed boost to his flagging United career. Coming off the bench, Sanchez did struggle with his passing once more but his focus and determination was quite evident as he bagged the winner with a rather surprise header.
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