Manchester United fought back from a two goal down in Old Trafford to defeat Newcastle in a five goal thriller. This win eased the pressure on Jose Mourinho, who was under intense pressure before the game having failed to win in three previous games including a 3-1 defeat away to West Ham and two draws in Old Trafford.
Newcastle scored twice within 10 minutes in the first half, through Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto. Manchester United struggled to control the game throughout first half. Jose made an early substitute 18th minute of first half bringing on Juan Mata to replace Eric Bailly.
Marouane Fellaini and Alexis Sanchez were brought in second half as United pressed hard with a much improved performance in the second half and forced Newcastle to drop deeper.
Juan Mata‘s stunning free-kick goal with 20 minutes left triggered a great sensational support and gave hope to United players as they pressed further, creating great scoring opportunities.
Anthony Martial‘s right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner, six minutes later from Paul Pogba’s pass gave Manchester United a 2-2 draw and hope.
Alexis Sanchez sealed the winner in the last minute of normal time, heading Ashley Young’s cross.
At half time the fans directed their jeers at the club’s owner and executives and by final whistle, Mourinho’s name was sang around Old Trafford.