The warning lights began to flash for Ole Gunnar Solskjær when there was a draw with five minutes left in the match against Newcastle, but three late goals by Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford gave three much-needed points.
Fernandes scored the decisive lead goal after first having a goal annulled and missed a penalty.
– I think the result was deserved. We played well and deserved to get all the points. We know that today’s victory was important to us. We had a fantastic reaction after the penalty shootout and did what we train on the training field, says Fernandes in an interview shown on TV 2.
– We showed great morale and character in today’s match, said a satisfied Ole Gunnar Solskjær to Sky Sports.
– It’s about answering
In an interview with BBC Sport, the team’s Norwegian manager emphasizes how important it was to fight back after the 1-6 defeat at home against Tottenham.
– It’s about answering. You have to strike back every single time after a loss. When you lose, you just want to get back on the field, but now we have had to wait two weeks (due to the national team break, journ.anm.), So it has been difficult. Everyone delivered amazing answers today. The team has stood together as a group, and those who have not been on national team assignments have worked well. After everyone came back, the whole team has worked well together, Solskjær says to the British state channel.
Manchester United got off to the worst possible start to the match when Luke Shaw was unlucky and put the ball past David de Gea in his own goal before two minutes had been played.
Solskjær’s men, however, showed character and it was the insulted captain Harry Maguire who equalized halfway through the inning. Maguire has been weak in the season opener after being imprisoned in Greece, but showed the way when Solskjær and United needed it most away in Newcastle.
By then, VAR had already removed Bruno Fernandes’ equalizer for a correct offside on Juan Mata.
First penalty boom
It took time for the Red Devils to secure all the points. Newcastle had a brilliant opportunity to take the lead as Saint-Maximin came up the left side, but he struck the ball weakly and it went straight into the arms of Callum Wilson.
Hope grew for Solskjær and company when referee Craig Pawson pointed to the penalty mark after being shown a foul by Rashford in the penalty area on the VAR screen.
Bruno had scored on 10 of 10 penalties in his short Manchester United career, but Karl Darlow made a fantastic one-handed save and stopped the Portuguese. It was his first penalty in over four years.
Loosened in the final minutes
Four minutes before full time, it finally came loose for Manchester United. A magnificent transition directed by Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata ended with Rashford passing the ball through to Fernandes who bent the ball in the longest cross.
Seconds before full time, Wan-Bissaka put his first goal in the red jersey when he went on a solo raid up the right side and thumped the ball into goal.
Rashford put the finishing touches on it when he countered United’s fourth well into overtime.