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Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle: Player Ratings as Red Devils Keep European Hopes Alive

Manchester United could possibly avoid their worst ever Premier League finish after a 3-2 win over Newcastle United in their final home game of the season at Old Trafford.

An entertaining game full of quality goals was a great advertisement for the competition as Kobbie Mainoo opened the scoring for the Reds and Anthony Gordon equalized to keep things level in the early stages of the second half.

But home United eventually saw off Amad Diallo, for whom it was his first Premier League goal, and Rasmus Hojlund, who actually started the game on the bench, to ensure his fitness for the FA Cup final later this month to preserve, through.

Lewis Hall gave Newcastle late hope of a stoppage-time comeback, but his superb strike ultimately proved to be a consolation and nothing more.

How the game developed

Newcastle were the stronger of the two teams at the start and pushed early. Within the first few minutes, only a final tackle from Sofyan Amrabat and then a courageous block from Jonny Evans prevented the visitors from testing Andre Onana in the penalty area.

It took about ten minutes for the hosts to make a move, first when Casemiro sent an ambitious overhead kick over the bar, followed by a precise but tame header from Scott McTominay and then a powerful shot from Amad Diallo, which was cleared by Magpies stopper Martin Dubravka was badly parried.

Erik ten Hag had changed his system by initially giving Hojlund a break and playing Bruno Fernandes up front. But the captain didn’t act like a ‘number nine’, instead moving all over the place to make it difficult for Newcastle to pin him down. This movement and his vision served to play Alejandro Garnacho through down the left channel, with Dubravka moving quickly to spread and block.

The visitors were fully in the game, but you had the feeling that the opening goal had come from Mainoo. The teenager drifted too easily and unmolested through the middle and, played alongside by the slow-moving Kieran Trippier, kept his cool to literally pass into the bottom corner.

Casemiro, widely butchered for his culpability in the defeat to Crystal Palace earlier this month, came up big twice in the closing stages of the first half. The Brazilian hooked the ball away from Anthony Gordon’s slide despite the Magpies wanting a penalty for Amrabat’s involvement from behind, and soon after cleared the ball with his head off the line to keep his team in the lead.

There was a warning sign from Newcastle just minutes into the second half when Casemiro blocked Gordon’s finishing attempt. But the winger grabbed the equalizer shortly afterwards, grabbing a ball from Jacob Murphy on the right into the penalty area.

Then Eddie Howe’s would have taken the lead if Amrabat hadn’t deflected the shot onto the top of the crossbar at the last moment with a flying block from Alexander Isak after a three-on-one counterattack. Newcastle were left to rue that missed chance when Amad restored the lead four minutes later, flicking the ball past Dubravka, who invited a half-volley to him.

Both goalkeepers were then in action as Diogo Dalot poked Dubravka’s palm from distance before a powerful header from Joelinton was acrobatically deflected into the back of the head by Andre Onana. United were also living dangerously when Onana gave the ball away cheaply and Miguel Almiron was inches away from Gordon’s cross.

But Ten Hag’s side got the two-goal lead they were hoping for in the closing stages when Hojlund came on as a substitute. It was largely his own work, found by Fernandes but then running towards Dan Burn to create space for a shot and then firing low back across goal, out of Dubravka’s reach.

Newcastle made sure it wouldn’t come to the finish line when Hall scored only the second goal of his senior career – the first also coming at Old Trafford – with a precise but powerful shot from just outside the box from a partially cleared corner.

Kobbie Mainoo took his goal well

Kobbie Mainoo scored well / OLI SCARFF/GettyImages

TW: Andre Onana – 6/10 – He made saves – including an excellent one – but his passing was a bit sloppy at times and put his team under pressure.

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 5/10 – A mistake in possession risked giving Newcastle the lead with the score at 1-1 until Amrabat spared his blushes.

CB: Casemiro – 7/10 – Full action in the heart of the defense after much criticism recently. Has had a few major procedures done and is recovering from a nasty fall. Not perfect, but much, much better.

CB: Jonny Evans – 6/10 – Be careful with the ball and had no problem fending off aerial threats.

LB: Diogo Dalot – 6/10 – I made sure to support the attack.

CM: Sofyan Amrabat – 7/10 – Retained his starting place from the weekend, but there is a chance this could be his last Old Trafford game as his loan deal comes to an end soon. He was at fault in the build-up to the equaliser, but then stopped Newcastle’s lead shortly afterwards with an incredible block. Mixed.

CM: Kobbie Mainoo – 8/10 – Regularly lift your head and push forward to combine defense and attack. He also made it into the penalty area and was rewarded with a nice goal. It’s a good thing he finished the game because it looked like he thought he was offside.

RM: Amad Diallo – 8/10 – Forced the first notable save of the game against Dubravka and later fired a beautiful shot past the Newcastle goalkeeper. Also supported the start.

AM: Scott McTominay – 6/10 – He moved very far forward to support Fernandes while also providing a central point when the captain was looking for the ball.

LM: Alejandro Garnacho – 6/10 – Limited participation. Played much better this season.

ST: Bruno Fernandes (c) – 8/10 – Was lined up in an unorthodox “false nine” position but actually drifted all over the field to try and influence the game. Hojlund prepared the third goal.

Substitute

SUB: Lisandro Martinez (83′ for Mainoo) – 6/10

SUB: Marcus Rashford (83′ for Garnacho) – 6/10

SUB: Rasmus Hojlund (83′ for Amad) – 7/10

Substitutes not used: Altay Bayindir (TW), Willy Kambwala, Christian Eriksen, Toby Collyer, Antony, Omari Forson.

Manager

Erik ten Hag – 8/10 – Made a big decision by changing things to protect Hojlund. In the end it worked, although his team still conceded too many goals.

Anthony Gordon

Anthony Gordon unlucky to be on the losing side / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

TW: Martin Dubravka – 6/10 – Beaten three times, but it would be harsh to say he was poor.

RB: Kieran Trippier (c) – 4/10 – He lacked any awareness as he played alongside Mainoo to open the scoring after the rest of the back four had moved up together. Withdrew early.

CB: Emil Krafth – 6/10 – So-so in the back. Moved to the right when Schar replaced Trippier.

CB: Dan Burn – 5/10 – I thought he had equalized in the first half with a huge header at the back post, only to see it cleared off the line. Would have expected there to be a physical duel with Hojlund, which didn’t materialize at first, but stayed put when the Dane came on.

LB: Lewis Hall – 7/10 – It was a lovely stoppage-time goal from a player who obviously loves scoring at Old Trafford so much that he can’t do it anywhere else.

CM: Sean Longstaff – 5/10 – Struggling to make a name for himself.

CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 7/10 – He missed the target by quite a bit with a relatively straightforward header later in the first half. Played the box-to-box role well.

CM: Elliot Anderson – 5/10 – Struggled to make an impact with or without the ball.

RW: Jacob Murphy – 6/10 – It was his precise cross that made Gordon’s goal possible. Otherwise I wasn’t really that involved, which was a shame for Newcastle.

ST: Alexander Isak – 5/10 – Not as sober as fans are used to when a great opportunity presents itself in the second half. Maybe it’s because he couldn’t take part in training due to illness.

LW: Anthony Gordon – 8/10 – Gave the home defense pause with his pressing, pace and unpredictability. Showed real goal instinct to get into the box and score the equalizer.

Substitute

SUB: Joelinton (62′ for Anderson) – 7/10

SUB: Miguel Almiron (62′ for Murphy) – 6/10

SUB: Fabian Schar (63′ for Trippier) – 6/10

SUB: Harvey Barnes (77′ for Longstaff) – 6/10

Substitutes not used: Nick Pope (TW), Alex Murphy, Paul Dummett, Joe White, Matt Ritchie.

Manager

Eddie Howe – 7/10 – In the end they went bust by using an extra striker to score the second equaliser. It was a worthwhile gamble, but it didn’t quite work out.

Player of the Match – Amad Diallo (Man Utd)

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