Manchester United bounced back in strong fashion after their dismal 1-6 loss to Spurs to take care of Newcastle at St. James Park 4-1. The three points were secured in a highly entertaining match that saw the lads have to battle back from some early adversity to earn the victory in the end.
David De Gea: 9/10
David was a world number 1 today. The one goal that entered his net was off of a deflection from Luke Shaw that De Gea could do nothing about. A couple worldly saves diving against the post and saving a wide open cross from 5 feet, he was fantastic today.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7/10
The spider did his thing today. Was caught a couple times lunging at attackers and missing but chipped in his first EPL goal for United with a beautiful strike late in the game.
Harry Maguire: 8/10
Harry put the haters to rest today. Maybe not to sleep but to rest for sure. He played with a fire the entire match and got the needed equalizer that put United back into the match. Bravo Harry!
Victor Lindelof: 7/10
Can’t complain with Lindelof’s performance today. No real stand out plays which means he was solid and at this point in the season having solid at the back was a pleasant sight.
Luke Shaw: 5/10
Tough day at the office for Shaw this time around. A weak foot deflected a cross into his own net to open the scoring for Newcastle. He played hard to bounce back from that but just can’t unsee it.
This is who Fred is. He is going to fly around, get in good positions, but do you ever really trust him on the ball? Need more.
Scott McTominay: 5/10
Disappointing showing from Scott in this one. I love his attitude after the spurs defeat and was hoping to see him flying around making plays today. Was more of a body then a playmaker.
Daniel James: 4/10
We might be hitting crisis mode with young Dan James. He looks lost and offers nothing other than raw pace. Not too late to loan him out somewhere.
Juan Mata: 7/10
The special Juan had a vintage Mata performance. His football IQ just seems to really open up defenses the way others can not. Loved him getting the full 90 today and putting in a solid shift.
Marcus Rashford: 9/10
A goal and two assists on the day for Marcus. Aggressive from the jump playing up top with the suspension to Martial, he looked excited and eager to leave his mark on the game. Excellent game in a game where he was needed.
Bruno Fernandes: 9/10
What more can we say? Bruno is a leader by example who every player at the club should look to emulate. A beautiful goal taken away because of offsides, a penalty saved, and still fought all the way to get the go-ahead goal late in the match with a worldly finish in the far top corner. Maguire has the armband but this is my captain.
Paul Pogba: 7/10
Lost on possession a couple times which is becoming too much of a common theme for a player of his quality. However, there is no mistake that the team started to be more aggressive and open up chances after he was subbed on.
Donny Van de Beek: 7/10
Much the same that was said for Paul goes for Donny as well. It is not a coincidence that we saw goals in succession after he was subbed on. He is a player and is constantly looking to/creating chances.
Nemanja Matic: 5/10
Only came on to finish the job. Not on the field enough to really get a fair positive or negative rating.
Man Of The Match
Bruno Fernandes gets my MOTM today. As stated in his rating and much like the team as a whole, he battled from early adversity and never gave up until we came out on top. You can feel the passion he plays with and his goal to break the tie was just tremendous. Bruno Bruno Bruno!
Bonus Manager Rating: 7/10
Ole had us nervous for awhile there, from going behind early, to looking like we might settle for a draw, OGS proved he knew what he was doing today. He rotated the squad well knowing we have some big fixtures in the Champions League and the EPL coming up. The subs he made in Pogba and Van de Beek proved to be timely to unlock the defense and open up the scoring. We needed those three points but Ole might’ve felt like those were 100 points for the sake of his job. Proud to be #OleIn.