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The Red Devils Beat the Magpies in a Thriller to Keep European Hopes Alive | Three Takeaways From the Man United vs Newcastle United Game

Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Manchester United came out victorious against Newcastle United at Old Trafford last Wednesday. The match ended in a 3-2 scoreline with Kobbie Mainoo, Amad Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund scoring for the Red Devils to seal the win, while Anthony Gordon and Lewis Hall got two back for the visitors.

Manchester United, Newcastle United
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Despite the win at the Theatre of Dreams, the hosts remained in eighth position in the Premier League table with 57 points from 37 matches, while the Magpies slipped to seventh. Eddie Howe’s men are still placed above the Red Devils with the same number of points by virtue of superior goal difference. On that note, let us take a look at the three talking points from the Manchester United vs Newcastle United match:

1. Manchester United’s Youngsters Impressed:

All three goals for the home side were scored by their youngsters. Mainoo is now making his mark as an attacking player, too, and the poise he had while finishing with a well-placed shot must have appeased the United supporters.

Manchester United, Newcastle United, Amad Diallo
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Amad was once again impressive as the right winger, registering an assist beside scoring the hosts’ second goal with a rasping first-time shot. And then there was Hojlund, whose 15th goal of the season sealed the deal for the home side. However, the Magpies keeper Nick Pope should probably have done better to keep Hojlund’s shot out.

2. Newcastle United Were Slightly The More Dominant Team:

Once again, the important stats in a match were in favour of the oppositions. Newcastle United had 21 attempts on goal against 17 shots for Manchester United. Moreover, the Magpies also enjoyed 56% ball-possession despite being the away side.

Erik ten Hag’s makeshift defence did a reasonably good job to minimize the damage and helped the team earn all three points. However, the Magpies’ midfield had the upper hand at times, which should be a concern for the Dutchman. It has been the trend this season for the Red Devils, which explains their unflattering position in the Premier League table. However, it was an entertaining match overall.

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3. The Red Devils Can Appear At The UEFA Conference League At Most Next Season:

Even if Manchester United win their last league game and Newcastle United split points in their season closer, they will finish seventh. That will mean that Ten Hag’s side will play in the UEFA Conference League next season, which is hardly befitting for a club of their stature.

However, should both the Magpies and Chelsea win their respective last matches, the Red Devils will finish eighth and thereby miss out on European football next season. An eighth-place finish is not what the United supporters had in mind at the start of the season. Hence, it has been quite an underwhelming one for them in a nutshell.

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Subhadeep Roy
Subhadeep Roy has been covering football for different websites for the last six years. He supports Manchester United and follows them quite closely.

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