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4 Key Takeaways from the Amad Diallo-inspired Man Utd Win

With a 3-2 home win over Newcastle on Wednesday, Manchester United ensured they can still claim a place in the top seven this season.

The Red Devils have never finished eighth in the Premier League era but will push the Magpies into seventh if they improve on their final day result.

Kobbie Mainoo gave United a first-half lead before Anthony Gordon equalized just after half-time. Amad Diallo put the hosts back in front and Rasmus Hojlund added a third goal after coming on as a substitute, but a late whistle from Lewis Hall ensured a nervy finish.

But United and Newcastle are now level on points with just one round of games remaining. Here’s what we learned from their meeting at Old Trafford.

Amad Diallo

Amad shined in another rare launch / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Amad equaling Antony’s Premier League tally of goals all season in just one night is a hilarious tale that is almost too obvious to highlight.

Nearly too obvious. If anything, it needs to be reinforced just because the £82m signing was so laughably awful.

Amad was quite gracious after the game, insisting that he needed to be patient to get a fair chance. He probably should have kicked down Erik ten Hag’s door to demand more opportunities.

The 21-year-old missed the first half of the season with a knee injury and has now been able to return to action, but it shouldn’t have taken Ten Hag so long to integrate him into the starting XI. United have sorely missed someone of Amad’s fearlessness on the right wing.

Erik ten Hag

Man Utd narrowly won / Stu Forster/GettyImages

To be fair to United, they haven’t looked ridiculously vulnerable in recent weeks. However, they still have big problems conceding chances.

The distance between defense and midfield has narrowed, but the innate carelessness with the ball gave Newcastle several opportunities. On another day, United would have been on the receiving end of another defeat.

Here they got away scot-free. Whether Ten Hag will live to see many more days is another question.

Anthony Gordon

Gordon grabbed the equalizer for Newcastle / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

United’s injury crisis this season has been well documented due to the size of the club. Newcastle, on the other hand, has received no such coverage.

But Eddie Howe has managed to keep the squad stable again at St James’ Park and his side remain one of the best attacking sides in the country – their total of 81 goals is the best outside the Premier League’s top three and they could still have should go one step further on this record at Old Trafford.

With a front line led by Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon, the Magpies should be confident of progressing next season even if they lose Bruno Guimaraes.

Erik ten Hag

“What’s the deal with airline food?” / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Speculation continues to simmer about his uncertain future, but Erik ten Hag deserves credit for keeping his head above it all, even as his team concede a staggering number of shots.

After the final whistle, Ten Hag grabbed a microphone and gave an impassioned speech to the crowd at Old Trafford, thanking them for their support during an admittedly rough campaign.

One senses that the Dutchman is desperately trying to right the mistakes of his second season and improve United’s fortunes. He may not get that opportunity, but if Ten Hag does indeed leave, he won’t be leaving as a villain in the eyes of fans.

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