- Newcastle – Manchester United 1-4 (1-1). Watch Dagbladet’s football broadcast in the video window below.
Before the match against Newcastle, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was clear that he wanted a response from his players after the 6-1 loss against Tottenham in the previous round, and surprised with the team selection when he made five changes.
But the Christian wonder probably did not get the immediate response he wanted.
Newcastle took the lead after just two minutes, before Harry Maguire equalized before the break. United pressured Newcastle, but when Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty kick it seemed to go towards scoring.
And it looked ugly for a long time for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær, but then the Reds put in the turbo and scored three goals from the 86th minute and out.
– This is an important victory. Now all the noise subsides, says Dagbladet’s Morten Pedersen about the pressure on Solskjær.
He believes there had been a demand for departure in the event of a loss for United today. Solskjær’s body language also naturally changed in step with the Reds’ scores.
– It looks like he was dead instead, says former Molde and Vålerenga player Thomas Holm about Solskjær in Dagbladet’s studio broadcast.
The panel was particularly impressed with Bruno Fernandes’ 2-1 score.
– Oj, oj, oj. It is a brilliant scoring, says Pedersen.
But the body language of the United players was criticized by Morten P:
After the match, it was a buttery Bruno Fernandes who appeared for an interview broadcast on TV 2.
– I think the result is right for what we do and we show what we can do. Today it was about winning and not the achievement, but today we did both, the Portuguese boasted.
– We knew it was important for us (to win editor’s note). We scored fantastic goals. We did as in training and we are very happy, he continued.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær was at least as happy as Fernandes after the match. The Norwegian emphasized how important this fight was for his men.
– After the last match, this was a big match. With 1-0 after two minutes, it became even bigger. We showed good strength and tackled the setback well and responded well, Solskjær summed up after the match.
– Our season started today, Solskjær announced and warned the competitors.
The victory was only United’s second of the season.
– I think we showed great fighting spirit and character by coming back. We handled the setback well and were led by a very motivated captain, Solskjær said after the match in an interview shown on TV 2.
Newcastle flipped up a fine attack after just two minutes and Swedish Emil Krafth came to post from his right-back position.
The post hit Luke Shaw and the left-back steered the ball into the net behind David De Gea. A nightmare start for Manchester United, who did not have the margins with them in the first half.
Dagbladet commentator Morten Pedersen thought David de Gea should have prevented setbacks.
– It is a bit typical for football teams that are in such a situation, the margins, Pedersen says in Dagbladet’s studio broadcast.
After 20 minutes of play, the game went for the red shirts and Bruno Fernandes elegantly turned the ball up in the crossbar behind Karl Darlow in the Newcastle goal.
However, Juan Mata made a disastrous appearance. The disappointment would admittedly be short-lived. Just a few minutes later, Harry Maguire was insulted the most on a corner kick from Fernandes.
Maguire has had a lead-heavy start to the season, but was relentless in the air and stabbed the equalizer for the guests. It could also have been 2-1 before the break, but Marcus Rashford’s finish was saved on the line by Newcastle captain Jamal Lascelles.
Morten P reacted to the lack of celebration after the score.
– He can hardly cheer. I have never seen that before, he commented.
After the match, Maguire received praise from Solskjær.
– I think he was exceptional. He scored the goal and led by example. I am very happy on his behalf, Solskjær said after the match.
Everything was open before the second half where Newcastle got off to the best start. Five minutes into the inning, Callum Wilson can finish unmarked from five meters, but David De Gea was cat-soft down with a fever save and prevented scoring.
Shortly afterwards, United were able to take the lead. Marcus Rashford was fouled in the box and after a look at the VAR screen, Judge Craig Pawson sentenced him.
From the 11-meter mark, Bruno Fernandes tends to be safe as the bank, but at St. James Park, the Portuguese was stopped by Karl Darlow who had a good day at work for the black and white striped.
According to Opta, it was Fernandes’ first miss on what was his eleventh penalty kick for United after he signed for the club in January.
Former Molde player Thomas Holm who played under Solskjær in the Romsdal club was in Dagbladet’s studio on Saturday night. There he slaughtered the fell of Rashford which led to punishment.
– Clumsy defense, was the cash reaction to Holm.
– It is a bad penalty kick, Morten Pedersen followed up.
With only five minutes left of the match, Fernandes was to get revenge for the penalty miss. The Portuguese took the ball almost all the way down to the dead line and in a beautiful way he screwed the ball up hard in the opposite cross.
In overtime, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford graced the result with their respective goals.
Thus, Solskjær and the United players could cheer for the second victory of the season.