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Man Utd player ratings vs Newcastle: Four stars shine as Bruno Fernandes redeems himself

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Manchester United left it late but secured all three points at Newcastle thanks to a flurry of late goals from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford. The Portuguese international missed a penalty but made amends five minutes from time with a fine finish before Wan-Bissaka and Rashford added some gloss to the scoreline.

It was the hosts who took the lead with less than two minutes on the clock as Luke Shaw accidentally turned in Emil Krafth’s cross past David de Gea.

United responded well though and were level through captain Harry Maguire, who planted his header into the bottom corner.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s had more shots than any other team in a Premier League game this season and persistence finally paid off when Fernandes fired home for the visitors late in the day.

Wan-Bissaka then put the icing on the cake, smashing the ball into the roof of the Newcastle net before Rashford got a well-deserved fourth to cap off a fine performance.

Here’s how the United players rated on Tyneside…

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David de Gea – 7

Couldn’t do much about the deflected opener. Looked like he may have damaged his shoulder when diving against the post in the first half. Managed to recover and made an excellent save to deny Callum Wilson and keep United on level terms.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 8

Was a persistent attacking threat in the first half and had his work cut out dealing with Allan Saint-Maximin. Scored a brilliant third goal, collecting the ball from Rashford’s pass and firing high into the net.

Harry Maguire – 8

Responded excellently to a difficult few weeks. Was handed the chance to start after being sent off for England against Denmark and repaid the faith with a fine header in the first half. Nearly scored another with a fine strike from long range late on.

Victor Lindelof – 8

Improved performance from the Swede, whose place in the side is now under threat. Made several fine blocks and had his hands full dealing with the lively Wilson.

Luke Shaw – 6

With Alex Telles watching on from the sidelines, things did not get off to the best of starts. Shaw turned past his own keeper inside two minutes to give Newcastle the lead. Solid besides that, though.

Fred – 6

An impressive display from the Brazilian, who did not need a second invitation to shoot from range. Full of energy throughout the contest.

Scott McTominay – 5

Not his finest display in what was a rare chance for him to put down a marker.

Bruno Fernandes – 7

Redeemed himself by hitting the winning goal after missing a second-half penalty, his first saved from 11 spot-kicks for the Red Devils. He did also have the ball in the net in the first half but it was ruled out for offside but it didn’t matter in the end after his lovely finish that flew in off the post from close range.

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