Manchester Uniteds Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring his sides third objective of the sport through the Emirates FA Cup fourth spherical match at Previous Trafford, Manchester. Image date: Sunday January 24, 2021. (Picture by Martin Rickett/PA Photos by way of Getty Photos)
Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have been on course as Manchester United deepened Newcastle’s relegation fears with a 3-1 win on Sunday to maneuver again into second within the Premier League.
The Purple Devils had received simply considered one of their earlier 5 league video games to permit Manchester Metropolis to open up a 10-point lead on the high of the desk and wanted their star males to paper over the cracks of one other unconvincing efficiency.
Rashford’s thunderous close to submit strike to open the scoring was rapidly cancelled out by Allan Saint-Maximin for the guests.
Nevertheless, Fernandes’s contact teed up Daniel James to revive United’s lead earlier than the Portuguese playmaker stroked residence a penalty for his twenty second objective of the season.
Victory takes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males again above Leicester on objective distinction because the closest challengers to runaway leaders Metropolis.
Crucially, United additionally open up a six-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea within the battle for a top-four end on a weekend when Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all misplaced floor.
Solskjaer made 5 adjustments to the aspect that impressively thrashed Actual Sociedad 4-0 within the Europa League on Thursday and was fortunate to not be punished for a disjointed begin from the hosts.
A run of two wins in 14 video games has left Newcastle simply three factors away from the drop zone, however the Magpies began brightly as Joelinton compelled David de Gea right into a flying save.
Poor goalkeeping value Steve Bruce’s males on the different finish on the half hour mark as Rashford wriggled free inside the realm, however his shot ought to have been stored out by Karl Darlow.
United’s sloppy defending from set-pieces was punished six minutes later, although, when Saint-Maximin swept the ball into the highest nook after Harry Maguire solely half-cleared a cross into the field.
After a blistering begin to his United profession final season, James has struggled for recreation time, however the Welshman has now scored in his final three appearances as he blasted previous Darlow from shut vary simply earlier than the hour mark.
Extra good footwork from Rashford then drew Joe Willock into an ill-advised problem contained in the field and the on-loan Arsenal midfielder conceded a penalty.
Darlow had saved the one spot-kick Fernandes has missed as a United participant when the perimeters met earlier within the season.
However he was wrong-footed this time as the previous Sporting Lisbon captain coolly transformed to provide United the two-goal cushion they craved.