Paul Pogba scored on his return from injury as United came from behind to beat Newcastle to set a club record of 38 games unbeaten at Old Trafford.
United started brightly, with Romelu Lukaku coming close to scoring, firing over after being picked out by Antonio Valencia. He’d been on a goal drought before this game, and was desperate to break it.
But, in the 14th minute, Dwight Gayle put Newcastle in front. After being picked out by DeAndre Yedlin with a low cross, Gayle slotted into the bottom corner. A Victor Lindelof slip had allowed the ball to reach him.
Newcastle could’ve doubled their lead soon after that but, Jacob Murphy fired narrowly wide after being found by a brilliant pass from Jonjo Shelvey.
In the 37th minute, Anthony Martial scored to draw United level. After Pogba had beaten Isaac Hayden and stood up a cross at the back post, Martial rose highest to plant a header into the bottom corner.
United should’ve had a penalty soon after that with Ciaran Clark pulling Lukaku’s shirt but the referee didn’t give it. United did take the lead in stoppage time at the end of the first half through Chris Smalling. Ashley Young crossed it to the back post, allowing Smalling to head past Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliott.
Newcastle should’ve been level moments after Smalling’s goal. Isaac Hayden tip-toed through the United defence, before firing straight at David de Gea. He should’ve scored.
In the 53rd minute, United double the lead through a well-worked goal finished off by Pogba. After Lukaku had crossed the mall in to Marcus Rashford, he played it back across goal, allowing Pogba to tap the ball into an empty net.
Newcastle came close to getting a goal back, with Murphy forcing De Gea into a save from distance. Newcastle were still pushing to get back into the game.
In the 70th minute, Lukaku got his goal. After forcing his way through the Newcastle defence, he smashed the ball into the roof of the net. It was his first league goal since 30 September.
In the 77th minute, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on as a substitute after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. After coming on he came close to scoring, with an acrobatic effort which Rob Elliott saved.
In the end this was a comfortable victory for United. There was a swagger about the way that United played, especially with Pogba back from injury.
They lost their record as the only side in Europe’s five major leagues not to have conceded a top-flight goal at home, but they showed they are back to their ruthless best in front of goal.
United remain in second, eight points off leaders Man City. Newcastle are 11th after a run of three defeats in a row.
Next up for United is a trip to Basel in the Champions League next Wednesday, the 22 November, where a draw would comfirm qualification for the knock-out stages. Next up in the league are Brighton at home. Hopefully they can carry on the winning form.