Mon. Oct 26th, 2020

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PLAYER RATINGS: Maguire showed his mettle but Joelinton failed to turn up again

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Bruno Fernandes made amends for a penalty miss with a superb finish as Manchester United left it late to surge to victory at Newcastle.

Fernandes capped a superb 86th-minute attack by clipping the ball inside the far post after earlier seeing his spot-kick saved by Karl Darlow, his first miss in a United shirt after 10 successful attempts.

The visitors, who had trailed through Luke Shaw’s early own goal and got themselves level courtesy of Harry Maguire’s 23rd-minute header, wrapped up a 4-1 win in stoppage time with a rocket from full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and a well-deserved goal for Marcus Rashford.

Sportsmail’s Jason Mellor rated the players. 

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow denied Bruno Fernandes with a a stunning penalty save

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow denied Bruno Fernandes with a a stunning penalty save

Newcastle (4-4-1-1)

Karl Darlow – 8

Little chance with Maguire’s header and topped off an impressive night’s work with a stunning penalty save from Fernandes.

Emil Krafth – 7

Got forward well to provide the cross for Newcastle’s early opener as he continues to win over the doubters with his whole-hearted efforts.

Jamaal Lascelles – 7

Important goal-line clearance to deny Marcus Rashford from the Newcastle skipper who again impressed with his commitment and desire.

Federico Fernandez – 5

Glared accusingly at his team-mate in the aftermath of Maguire’s equaliser, but it was the defender who had been easily out-jumped by United’s goal-scorer.

Jamal Lewis – 7

Solid again in defence and an ever-willing forward outlet when linking-up with Saint Maximin, the youngster looks very much at home in the top flight.

Joelinton had little impact on the game before being replaced by Fraser in the second-half

Joelinton had little impact on the game before being replaced by Fraser in the second-half

Jeff Hendrick – 6

As ever, a willing workhorse in the Newcastle engine room, tigerish in the challenge and intelligent with his distribution

Jonjo Shelvey – 6

Faded after starting well and playing a pivotal role in Newcastle’s early opener – a familiar failing for the Jekyll and Hyde midfielder.

Isaac Hayden – 7

Newcastle’s Mr Dependable put his foot in when needed, and equally provided the silk when required in another consistent display.

Allan Saint Maximin – 7

United weren’t the first – or last – opponents to use distinctly rough-house tactics in a bid to halt the flying Frenchman, with mixed results.

Joelinton – 3

Not the first blink and you’ll miss him no-show from the Brazilian who should have the decency to reimburse pay-per-view fans for this lethargic effort.

Callum Wilson – 6

Looked certain to reward a hard-working display by levelling from Saint-Maximin’s cross, only to be thwarted by De Gea. 

Subs:  Schar (for Hayden 49) 6, Fraser (for Joelinton 72) 6, Almiron (for Henrick 88)

Subs not used: Gillespie, Carroll, Manquillo, Fraser, Murphy.

Captain Harry Maguire delivered perfect riposte to the critics with a fine display

Captain Harry Maguire delivered perfect riposte to the critics with a fine display

Man United (4-2-3-1)

David De Gea – 7

Hard to fault the Spaniard for Shaw’s own goal, the United keeper produced a stunning second-half save to deny Wilson.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6

Had his hands full in dealing with Siant-Maximin on the full-back’s 50th appearance for the club but stuck to his task.

Victor Lindelof – 5

Found wanting and out of position for Newcastle’s goal, turned too easily in the build-up and slow getting back to cover.

Harry Maguire – 8

A perfect riposte to the critics with a fine display topped-off by a goal against the only Premier League he has scored more than once against.

Luke Shaw – 5

Unfortunate with the early own goal, but Maguire’s leveller ensured there was at least a Shaw-shank redemption.

Scott McTominay – 7

Always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to pick up the pieces to keep his side ticking over with his unflustered distribution.

Fred – 5

Failed to exert the influence on proceedings he would have liked before he was withdrawn in favour of Paul Pogba.

Juan Mata – 7

At the hub of most of United’s positive work, the Spaniard’s set-piece delivery remains a constant threat.

Bruno Fernandes – 6

A rare failure from the spot by the midfielder summed up a night of frustration after an earlier effort was ruled out for offside by VAR.

Daniel James – 5

Many United fans were unhappy the young winger was picked ahead of Donny van de Beek, and he did little to dissuade them of that view.

Marcus Rashford – 7

Caused as many problems for the Newcastle defence as he continues to for Boris Johnson, earning United’s ultimately unsuccessful penalty.

Subs: Paul Pogba (for Fred 70) 6, van de Beek (for James 76) 6, Matic (for Mata 90),

Subs not used: Henderson, Bailly, Ighalo, Telles 

Referee: Craig Pawson 6 

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