Newcastle United v Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened

Barry Glendenning on 17 October 2020

Match report: Newcastle United 1-4 Manchester United

Premier League: Louise Taylor was at St James’ Park to see Manchester United run out easy winners against Newcastle, even if they left it late to convert their on-field superiority into goals scored.

More from Harry: “When you play for this club and get beaten at home by Crystal Palace and thoroughly deserve to get beaten, then thoroughly deserve to get beaten by Tottenham, we asked questions of ourselves. We work hard in training. It’s a great group, we knew we had to bounce back. We came her and we knew we had to get points on the board. I feel like it would have been really harsh if we’d come away with just a point.”

Full time: Newcastle 1-4 Manchester United

Harry Maguire speaks: “We’re some way going towards that but I wouldn’t say we’ve answered them,” says Manchester United’s captain upon being asked by Sky’s reporter if he and his teammates have answered their critics. “It’s crazy because we’re three games into the season and it seemed like a big crisis. This is our fourth game of the season, we’ve won two and lost two. We’ve put in terrible performances but we know we can do a lot better. This club doesn’t deserve performances like we’ve put in at Old Trafford this year. We’ve got part way towards answering our critics but we know we can improve and we have to improve, but for sure we deserved the three points tonight.”

Full time: Newcastle United 1-4 Manchester United

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over at St James’ Park, where Manchester United have battered Newcastle. The hosts took the league through a freak own goal and a couple of other chances, but they can have no complaints about the gubbing they got tonight. It may have been close enough on the scoreboard until Fernandes gave United the lead in the 86th minute, but the 4-1 scoreline doesn’t flatter Manchester United in the slightest.

Man United players celebrate
Man United players celebrate Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian


GOAL! Newcaslte 1-4 Manchester United (Rashford 90+5)

Having further irritated the Tory party during the week, Marcus Rashford continues to riff on Newcastle’s pain tonight. He traps a ridiculously good long ball into space from deep by Bruno Fernandes, advances towards goal and spanks it past Karl Darlow.

Rashford gets on the scoresheet
Rashford gets on the scoresheet Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian


90+3 min: United pour forward again, with Bruno Fernandes going close courtesy of a low drive that fizzes wide of the upright, taking a deflection on the way. Nothing comes from the corner.


GOAL! Newcastle United 1-3 Manchester United (Wan-Bissaka 90)

Marcus Rashford turns provider again, spotting Aaron Wan-Bissaka to his right as Manchester United surged forward. He played the ball into the path of the young full-back, who advanced directly towards goal before smashing it past Darlow for his first senior goal.

Wan-Bissaka celebrates scoring
Wan-Bissaka celebrates scoring Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian


88 min: Newcastle substitution: Miguel Almiron replaces Jeff Hendrick.

GOAL! Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United (Fernandes 86)

Manchester United take the lead and it’s no more than they deserve. Bruno Fernandes makes up for his penalty miss with an exquisite finish, curling the ball into the top corner from a narrow angle, after receiving an exquisite reverse-pass from Marcus Rashford in the Newcastle penalty area. Outstanding play.

Bruno Fernandes puts United ahead
Bruno Fernandes puts United ahead Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian


84 min: The clock ticks down as Manchester United concede a free-kick in line with the left side of their own penalty area, about 40 yards out. Shelvey curls the ball in but it’s cleared.

80 min: Harry Maguire picks up the ball a few yards outside the penalty area, cuts inside under no pressure whatsoever from anyone in a Newcastle shirt and sends a low drive a foot or so wide of the upright. This would be atrocious defending from Newcastle in any situation, but this happened at a time their players know their goalkeeper’s mobility is seriously hampered. Quite why Steve Bruce hasn’t replaced him is anyone’s guess.


78 min: Bruno Fernades tries to stand the ball up for Pogba at the far post with a neat dink, but Jamal Lewis leaps highest to head it away. Good defending.

76 min: Manchester United substitution: Donny van de Beek on for Dan James. Newcastle substitution from a couple of minutes ago: Ryan Fraser on for Joelinton.

74 min: Krafth plays an unnecessary back-pass to the obviously struggling Darlow, who won’t thank him for it. The goalkeeper hacks the ball towards the stand.

72 min: Only playing because Martin Dubravka is injured, Karl Darlow looks to be struggling with an injury, presumably one he picked up while saving at the feet of Marcus Rashford a couple of minutes ago. He soldiers on for now but his mobility looks seriously compromised. It looks like a groin injury. Mark Gillespie is Newcastle’s substitute goalkeeper tonight.

70 min: Luke Shaw advances down the inside left under little or no pressure from Joelinton, who jogs alongside him without attempting to hustle him off the ball. With Lascelles backing off him, the Manchester United left-back shoots. Darlow saves at the near post.

70 min: Manchester United substitution: Paul Pogba replaces Fred.

68 min: Now David De Gea is forced into making a save after Jonjo Shelvey found himself in acres of space with the ball at his feet on the nap of the United penalty area. His dipping drive is on target, but De Gea keeps it out.

66 min: Manchester United squander another scoring opportunity, with Rashford finding himself through on goal after receiving a delightful pass from Juan Mata. Darlow is quick off his line to dive bravely at the striker’s feet and save his shot. The linesman flags for offside but replays show he may have been wrong to do so.

Rashford is closed down by Darlow
Rashford is closed down by Darlow Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian


64 min: Newcastle win a free-kick wide on the right but Jonjo Shelvey fails to clear the man at the near post with his delivery. That man? The very diminutive Dan James, who heads the ball clear.

60 min: Close, but no cigar from Harry Maguire. Manchester United win another corner and he steers another effort goalwards. Jonjo Shelvey is on hand to clear off the line with his bald head.

Bruno Fernandes misses!

Bruno shoots hard and to Karl Darlow’s right, but the goalkeeper saves brilliantly. It was a powerful effort but Newcastle’s goalkeeper was equal to it.

Karl Darlow saves Fernandes penalty
Karl Darlow saves Fernandes penalty Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
Darlow celebrates
Darlow celebrates Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian


Penalty for Manchester United!

Craig Pawson checks the replay on his pitch-side monitor and signals a penalty for the visitors.

Referee Craig Pawson reviews VAR
Referee Craig Pawson reviews VAR Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian


55 min: United appeal for a spot-kick as Marcus Rashford is brought down on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area by – I think – Jamal Lewis. It’s going to VAR. Referee Craig Pawson adjourns to the sideline to have a look for himself. I rekon he’ll give a penalty.

53 min: Fred blasts the ball wide after running onto a back-heel across the face of the Newcastle penalty area from Bruno Fernandes. A tip of the hat to Juan Mata, who did well to pick out Fernades in the first place - they’ve both been outstanding for United this evening.

52 min: Newcastle enjoy on a rare sortie into United territory. It ends with David De Gea pulling off a fine save from Callum Wilson. The Spaniard dived low to his right and clawed the ball clear after Callum WIlson had got on the end of a cross from the left and steered the ball goalwards with the sole of his boot.

De Gea saves a shot from Wilson
De Gea saves a shot from Wilson Photograph: Stu Forster/AFP/Getty Images


50 min: The jig is up for Isaac Hayden, who limps off to be replaced by Fabian Schar.

49 min: Fernandes tries a shot from distance but sends the ball arrowing towards outer space.

47 min: Manchester United begin the second half as they finished the first, laying siege to the Newcastle penalty area. Bruno Fernades tries to dink the ball into the box, but it’s intercepted and cleared by Isaac Hayden, who appears to do himself a mischief as he hoofs the ball down the field. He’s passed fit to continue after treatment, but doesn’t look too chipper.

Second half: Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester United

46 min: Play resumes, with Jeff Hendrick taking the first touch of the second half. There are no changes in personnel on either side.

Half-time: Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester United

It’s all square at the break. Luke Shaw deflected an EMil Krafth cross into his own net to give Newcastle the lead after two minutes, but it’s been one-way traffic in the other direction ever since. Bruno Fernandes had a goal chalked off for offside shortly before Harry Maguire equalised for United with an excellent near post header from a corner. The scores may be level, but Manchester United are in the box-seat at St James’ Park.

Harry Maguire scores and celebrates
Harry Maguire scores and celebrates Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian/NMC Pool


45+1 min: We’ve had two goals, one of them a freak and a third disallowed, but otherwise this match has been extremely low on entertainment. I suspect any Sky Sports customers who have paid £14.95 on top of their usual monthly subscription to watch this will be feeling fairly short-changed as we approach half-time.

45 min: The camera cuts to Joelinton, who I’d genuinely forgotten was on the field. The ball comes his way and he puts it out for a throw-in with a poor first touch in a tight area.

43 min: Darlow gets down to save a venomous low drive from Marcus Rashford. He can only parry the ball back into play, but it’s hacked clear by one of his defenders before Rashford or anyone else in a Manchester United shirt can get to it.

41 min: Almost all the play is in Newcastle’s half, but Manchester United are struggling to find an opening.

38 min: Dan James is booked for a fairly wild challenge on Alain Saint-Maximin. Moments previously at a corner, Isaac Hayden was forced to hack a Marcus Rashford shot through a thicket of bodies off the line. Rashford injured his foot on the follow-through, smashing his instep into somebody’s outstretched studs and needs treatment before he can continue.


36 min: Aaron Wan-Bissaka threatens to curl one in at the far post with what looked suspiciously like a cross from the right. Whether he meant it or not, Karl Darlow is forced into a decent save to keep the ball out.

34 min: Jonjo Shelvey blocks a Bruno Fernades shot after good work down the right flank from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who’d picked out the Portuguese on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area.

31 min: De Gea is ok to carry on for now, although he’s clearly hurt his shoulder.

David De Gea receives treatment
David De Gea receives treatment Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian


29 min: Scott McTominay concedes a free-kick just inside the Newcastle half for a tug on Saint-Maximin’s shirt. Jamal Lewis floats the ball into the United penalty area and Newcastle go close to re-taking the lead when Saint-Maximin forces a smart save out of David De Gea with a shot from distance. The goalkeeper clatters his right shoulder off the post in making it and needs medical assistance.

27 min: Allan Saint-Maximin gives the ball away in midfield, allowing Manchester United to build another attack, which comes to nothing when Bruno Fernandes and Juan Mata get their wires crossed.

24 min: That was an excellent header from Maguire, who arrived late after giving Jamal Lascelles the slip. His downward header was powerful and left Darlow with little or no chance of keeping it out.

GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Manchester United (Maguire 23)

It’s all square. Harry Maguire puts his recent travails behind him, scoring with a near post header from the edge of the six yard box at a Manchester United corner.

Maguire scores the equaliser from a header
Maguire scores the equaliser from a header Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images


22 min: Bruno Fernandes rifled the ball into the top corner after playing a delightful one-two with Juan Mata, but his effort has been correctly ruled out for a Mata offside in the build-up.

VAR! Goal ruled out!

VAR intervenes. WHat looked an excellent goal is ruled out by the curtain-twitchers in Stockley Park, who spotted an offside.

GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Manchester United (Fernandes 19)

Ha! Call me Nostradamus because there it is. Bruno Fernandes levels the scores.

Fernandes celebrations are in vain
Fernandes celebrations are in vain Photograph: Stu Forster/Reuters


18 min: Yet to have a shot on goal, let alone on target, Newcastle lead by the only goal of the game so far. Manchester United are dominating proceedings and creating chances. You suspect there’s an equaliser in the pipe.

16 min: Rashford cuts inside from the left, gets the ball on his right foot and shoots low, hard and narrowly wide of the upright. He had options open to his right but had every right to have a pop himself.

13 min: Marcus Rashford shoots high over the bar from the edge of the Newcastle penalty area, the ball taking a deflection on the way. Nothing comes from the ensuing corner.

11 min: “If anything, Clive ... they’ve scored too early.” Having gone one up in the second minute, Newcastle seem content to sit back, soak up the pressure, try to preserve their lead and hopefully catch United on the break again. That’s probably what they’d have done anyway, but at least now they have a lead to preserve.

9 min: Manchester United get forward, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Fred linking up well. The full-back squares the ball low and hard from the right, trying to pick out Marcus Rashford. Newcastle clear.

7 min: Dan James Runs from the inside-left to a central area on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area. Caught in two minds but with few options to choose from, he ends up sending a weak shot dribbling towards Karl Darlow.

6 min: Manchester United win a corner, but nothing comes of it. It’s worth pointing out that there was little or nothing Luke Shaw could do about that own goal. He was attempting to block a cross as Newcastle galloped up the field on a counter-attack, the ball hit his leg and the rest, as they say, is history.

Shaw dejected following his own goal
Shaw dejected following his own goal Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian/NMC Pool


4 min: Well, what a start! Jonjo Shelvey went rampaging on a cross-field gallop, playing the ball wide to Emil Krafth. He attempted to cross the ball, which ricocheted off Luke Shaw’s outstretched leg and looped into the Manchester United goal.

GOAL! Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United (Shaw 2og)

Newcastle lead inside two minutes. It’s a wicked deflection off Luke Shaw that leaves David De Gea completely helpless.

Emil Krafth’s cross pinballs off of Luke Shaw and in
Emil Krafth’s cross pinballs off of Luke Shaw and in Photograph: Owen Humphreys/Reuters
Newcastle players celebrate their first goal
Emil Krafth and teammates celebrate their first goal Photograph: Getty Images


Newcastle United v Manchester United

1 min: Play begins, with Bruno Fernandes getting the ball rolling for Manchester United, who for the purposes of an easy life for your minute-by-minute reporter will be henceforth referred to as ‘United’. Newcastle United, shall be addressed as Newcastle. Aggrieved Geordies are welcome to to address any complaints to the Guardian Readers’ Editor.

Not long now: The teams are out and line up in a responsible, socially distanced fashion as they wait for referee Craig Pawson and his team of match officials. Come on, Craig! Times a wasting.

Harry Maguire of Manchester United (centre) warms up
Harry Maguire of Manchester United (centre) warms up Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian/NMC Pool


Harry Maguire
Harray Maguire lines up for Manchester United and will be hoping to improve on recent poor performances for club and country. Photograph: Alex Pantling/EPA

Ole, Steve and Mike
Steve Bruc has a pre-match chat with Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his assistant Mike Phelan. Photograph: Stu Forster/EPA

An email: “Awful team selection tonight,” writes Neil Carter. “I’m struggling to comprehend what is going on inside Ole’s head with this. Henderson deserves a start, would not have started Maguire, Shaw, James and only one of Fred or McTominay is needed. Where is Greenwood? Donny, poor Donny, will someone please for the love of God think of Donny? What does he have to do to get a start? Poch will be sitting at home drinking a nice hot Bovril rubbing his hands.”

An interesting view from a Manchester United fan. To be clear, I have no idea where Greenwood is and I suspect Poch is more of a maté man.

Full-time: Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

Premier League: Manchester City have beaten Arsenal at the Etihad, where Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game to takes all three points for his side. It was a tight affair but Arsenal still haven’t beaten any of their fellow Big Six sides away from home since 2015.

Those teams: Steve Bruce makes just one change to the team that saw off Burnley in style, bringing in Jamaal Lascelles for Fabian Schar.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær, by contrast, makes four changes from the team that got its collective backside handed to it by Tottenham. Victor Lindelof replaces Eric Bailly in the heart of Manchester United’s defence, while Scott Mac Tominay, Juan Mata, Fred and Dan James also come into the side.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are dropped to the bench, while there’s no place for Mason Greenwood in the match-day squad. Donny Van de Beek’s wait for a first Premier League start continues. Harry Maguire starts, despite talk of a knock he picked up while on England duty against Denmark.


Newcastle United v Manchester United line-ups

Newcastle United: Darlow, Krafth, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis, Hayden, Shelvey, Hendrick, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Wilson

Subs: Gillespie, Schar, Manquillo, Murphy, Almiron, Fraser, Carroll

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Mata, Fernandes, James, Rashford.

Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Telles, Matic, Pogba, Van de Beek, Ighalo

Tonight’s match officials

  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Assistants: Richard West and Adrian Holmes
  • Fourth official: Oliver Langford
  • VAR: Lee Mason
Craig Pawson
Craig Pawson is in charge of maintaining order during tonight’s match at Old Trafford Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Early Newcastle team news

While Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff and Martin Dubravka are all sidelined with injury, Steve Bruce has a plethora of returnees from the treatment room to choose from in Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jamal Lascelles and Matty Longstaff. Despite doubts surrounding their participation after picking up knocks on international duty, Miguel Almiron and Jamal Lewis could also play a part in tonight’s game. The in-form Allan Saint Maximin will take to the field tonight with the ink barely dry on the new six-year contract he signed with Newcastle earlier this week.

Allan Saint-Maximin
Allan Saint-Maximin signed a new six-year deal with Newcastle earlier this week. Photograph: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United/Getty Images

Early Manchester United team news

Following his dismissal against Denmark while on England duty, Harry Maguire is a doubt having suffered some unspecified knock which may have accounted for his slow walk back to the dressing-room on 31 minutes. He has, however, been included in tonight’s squad.

Still in quarantine following his arrival during the transfer window, Edinson Cavani is unavailable, while his fellow new signing Alex Telles is in the travelling party despite speculation he might be rested following his midweek long haul flight back from South America, where he was on international duty for Brazil.

Anthony Martial will sit this one out on the Naughty Step as he serves the first game of his three-match ban in the wake of his sending-off against Tottenham Hotspur.

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial walks off the pitch after being stitched up like a kipper by Tottenham’s Erik Lamela. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Premier League: Newcastle United v Manchester United

Sky Sports subscribers may have to shell out £14.95 on top of their regular monthly dues to watch this game, but Guardian readers can read all about Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle here. The pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjær following a fairly dismal start to the Premier League season.

An opening day defeat against Crystal Palace was followed by a somewhat fortuitous win against Brighton, before the Norwegian was forced to look on in horror as he side was thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford just before the international break.

Newcastle fans remain unconvinced by Steve Bruce despite a decent start to the season, but even the most curmudgeonly would be forced to concede his team’s performance in emphatic victory against Burnley was impressive. Wouldn’t they? Kick-off is at 8pm, but stay tuned in the meantime for build-up.

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