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Man United player ratings vs Newcastle: Rashford good but Martial poor

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David de Gea

Had an unconvincing start but saved well when called upon at 1-1 in both halves. One of the steadier ones at the back. 6

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Quiet in both halves and afforded Allan Saint-Maximin too much room at times. Not built on his performance against Southampton. 6

Victor Lindelof

Newcastle had Lindelof on the back foot from the off and he was not helped by Harry Maguire. Showed better composure than Maguire. 6

Harry Maguire

Slapstick defending throughout, from tackling a teammate to assisting an equaliser. Maguire’s captaincy credentials become more and more suspect. 4

Luke Shaw

Constantly drove at Newcastle and was maybe United’s most reliable attacker. Another consistent performance. 7




Fred

Started badly when he tackled Maguire and did not take the initiative in a risk-aversive midfield duo. Still cannot shoot. 5

Nemanja Matic

His selection was enforced by the midfield absences and as problematic as expected. Played a role in the second goal but was indebted to Bruno Fernandes’ touch. 5

Daniel James

Energetic throughout and persevered to score a well-taken fifth goal of the season. Vindicated Solskjaer’s decision to retain him. 8

Bruno Fernandes

Frustrated and often isolated before he did something out of nothing, deftly touching Matic’s overhit pass to assist James. Scored another penalty. 7

Marcus Rashford

Scored with a direct run when beckoned inside by the naive Emil Krafth and beat Karl Darlow at his near post. Won the contest-killing penalty. 7

Anthony Martial

Nigh-on anonymous until the 59th minute when he fashioned an opening and tested Darlow. Came off after 70 minutes. Should never have started. 3

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Manchester United made heavy weather of their 3-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League, eventually getting the job done at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes were on the scoresheet as United got back to winning ways in the league. They face Real Sociedad on Thursday, after hammering the Spanish side 4-0 in their Europa League first leg.

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Subs

Mason Greenwood

Immediately alert and fired wide. 6

Juan Mata

Came on later than he should have. 6

Shola Shoretire

Made his debut. 6

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

It is becoming hackneyed of Solskjaer to recall the same players who are not going to take United to the next level. United’s defence was comical at times. 6

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