RED DEVILS COMEBACK FROM DEFICIT TO THRASH NEWCASTLE 4-1
His absence has been spoken about a lot. specially viz-a-viz the shaky results and performances of his team in his absence. You could say it was the classic “You don’t know what you have until its gone” Paul Pogba was the man yesterday as Manchster United came back from a goal down to thump Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Pogba returned from nearly two months out with a damaged hamstring, to score one goal and make another, as United got back to their impressive early season form that seemed to have taken a hit in recent games.
On a bright note also, Romelu Lukaku ended his own goal drought with an emphatic finish for the fourth.
Oh, and to really make it a memorable night, Zlatan Ibrahimovic got back into action, with the final 13 minutes of a game which turned into a stroll after the goals began to rain in and Newcastle lost hope.
Smalling celebrates his game
But it could have been so different, when Dwight Gayle had drilled the Toon ahead on 14 minutes a little butterflies flew around my stomach. But the lads kept their composure.
Gayle celebrates Newcastle’s goal.
Jacob Murphy fed the overlapping DeAndre Yedlin down the right, and when his low pull back had Victor Lindelof sliding to the floor as he tried to put the brakes on, Gayle swept it in off the far post.
United were again caught napping when Jonjo Shelvey hit an Impressive pass Messi would have been proud of, but this time Murphy’s skidding low strike was just wide of the upright.
United – with Pogba at the heart of most of their possession – may have seen a lot more of the ball but were hardly peppering the Toon goal with shots.
Lukaku had stabbed one wide at the near post, then couldn’t get over a Lindelof cross – but then eight minutes before the break they did finally level it.
Pogba, not surprisingly, was at the heart of it, tying Isaac Hayden in knots before standing one up for Antony Martial to nod down and into the corner.
Then an Ashley Young cross skimmed off Joselu’s head and just over his own crossbar, as the Toon threatened to crumble – and a minute before the break they did.
Young floated another inviting cross to the far post and Chris Smalling, still loitering from a corner, headed in.
Still Newcastle could have levelled it by half time, Hayden dancing through only for David De Gea to block, and then Matt Ritchie’s follow up flew wide off Gayle’s knee.
That was as good as it got for the Toon, for ten minutes after the break it was all but game over, Lukaku floating one to the far post, Marcus Rashford nodding back, and Pogba scoring from a yard.
Pogba was making his way to the tunnel after being subbed, when Lukaku bulldozed his way into the box to blast the fourth – before Ibrahimovic made his bow for the final few minutes. And had time to deliver a trademark Bicycle kick that flashed wide.
So with Pogba back will the United of the early season games return? we shall see ..But its Champions league next week