Manchester United collected their first Premier League victory in three games as Bruno Fernandes’ penalty secured a 3-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Following draws with Everton and West Brom, United had fallen 10 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, which was extended further on Sunday when Pep Guardiola’s side won at Arsenal.
Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock when he found the near post (30) but Newcastle deservedly levelled after Allan Saint-Maximin’s half volley flashed beyond David de Gea six minutes later.
United looked lethargic following their Europa League exertions in the opening period, but Dan James struck (57) to restore their advantage before Fernandes’ penalty with 15 minutes remaining settled matters.
The result enabled Manchester United to move into second place again following Leicester’s win at Aston Villa while Newcastle in 17th, three points above the relegation zone.
Full match report to follow…
Manchester United host Real Sociedad in the Europa League round-of-32 second leg on Thursday (kick-off 8pm) before visiting Chelsea on Super Sunday; coverage starts at 4pm on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event with kick-off at 4.30pm.
Newcastle host Wolves next Saturday at 8pm on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event; coverage starts at 7.45pm.