Man United 4 Newcastle 1

Romelu Lukaku

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 New­castle Uni­ted 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Nov­ember 18, 2017. Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Pre­miership new­comers New­castle Uni­ted by a re­spect­able 4-1 score at ho­me. An­thony Mar­tial, Chris Small­ing, Paul Po­gba, and Ro­melu Lu­kaku fou­nd the tar­get for The Man­chester Reds, whi­le Dwight Gayle net­ted for The Tynesiders.

Sec­ond po­si­tioned Man­chester Uni­ted col­lec­ted their sev­enth con­sec­ut­ive Pre­mier Lea­gue ho­me tri­umph wi­th a com­pre­hens­ive 4-1 thump­ing of mid-ta­ble pla­ced New­castle Uni­ted. In the pre­vi­ous Pre­miership en­counter be­tween The Red Dev­ils and New­castle on the 12th of Jan­uary 2016, the two clubs had played out an en­ter­tain­ing and thrill­ing 3-3  draw at St Ja­mes´ Park, wi­th Geor­ginio Wijn­al­dum, Alek­sandar Mitro­vic, and Paul Dum­mett scor­ing for The Mag­pies, whi­le Way­ne Roo­ney net­ted a double and Jesse Lin­gard a single for the vis­it­ing si­de. In this fix­ture, Dwight Gayle gave the North East club an early lead fol­low­ing four­teen min­utes as the for­mer Crys­tal Pal­ace play­er met a pull back from Uni­ted States in­ter­na­tion­al de­fender DeAndre Yed­lin to put the ball pa­st Da­vid de Gea and in­to the bot­tom left cor­ner of the net, on­ly for Man­chester Uni­ted to re­store par­ity thro­ugh a well pla­ced head­er from French for­ward An­thony Mar­tial in the 37th min­ute of the tie. And on the stroke of ha­lf-time, Ash­ley Young fou­nd fel­low Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al Chris Small­ing who nod­ded the ball pa­st Re­pub­lic of Ire­land shot stop­per Rob El­li­ot and in­to the goal from clo­se ran­ge to make the score 2-1 to the hosts. Fol­low­ing the in­ter­mis­sion, New­castle bro­ught on for­mer Eng­land U20 wing­er Ro­lan­do Aarons for Matt Ritch­ie six min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk, but the sub­sti­tu­tion made no im­pact on the ga­me. And as the sec­ond pe­riod pro­gressed, Paul Po­gba stret­ched the ad­vant­age for Man­chester Uni­ted when the French­man sco­red from a counter at­tack in the 54th min­ute, be­fore sum­mer sign­ing Ro­melu Lu­kaku re­gistered the fi­nal goal of the con­test as the power­ful stri­ker ham­mered the ball ho­me from in­side the eight­een-yard box six­teen min­utes la­ter to hand his new em­ploy­ers a 4-1 win over Ra­fael Benitez´s New­castle at Old Trafford.

An­t­werp born Ro­melu Lu­kaku had be­gun his foot­balling ca­reer wi­th Le Grand An­der­lecht where he con­trib­uted 33 hits dur­ing Bel­gian Pro Lea­gue 73 mat­ches for the Brus­sels club be­fore he went on to play for Chel­sea, West Brom­wich Al­bion, and Ever­ton be­fore join­ing Man­chester Uni­ted at the end of the 2016-17 sea­son. Be­ing a man for all oc­ca­sions, he fou­nd the tar­get on his fir­st te­am de­but for Jose Mourinho´s Uni­ted in a 2–1 Su­per Cup Fi­nal de­feat to reign­ing UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Re­al Mad­rid in front of 30,000 spec­tat­ors at the Philip the Sec­ond Arena in the Mace­do­ni­an cap­it­al of Skopje on the 8th of Au­gust 2017. The Bel­gian front­man then fol­lowed up his de­but goal for Man­chester Uni­ted by net­ting twice for The Reds in a 4-0 tri­umph ag­ainst West Ham Uni­ted at Old Traf­ford five days la­ter on the open­ing week­end of the 2017-18 Pre­mier Lea­gue cam­paign. In a one-sided af­fair ag­ainst The Ham­mers, Lu­kaku gave Man­chester Uni­ted the up­per hand in the 33rd min­ute of the clash be­fore he re­cor­ded his sec­ond goal of the day sev­en min­utes af­ter the re­start, whi­le An­thony Mar­tial and Paul Po­gba net­ted a goal each for the red shirts dur­ing the clos­ing sta­ges of the sec­ond pe­riod. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Vic­tor Lin­delof, Chris Small­ing, An­tonio Va­lencia, Ne­manja Mat­ic, Ash­ley Young, Ju­an Ma­ta, Paul Po­gba, An­thony Mar­tial, Ro­melu Lu­kaku, Mar­cus Rash­ford. Sub­stitutes: Ser­gio Rom­ero, Mar­cos Rojo, Lu­ke Shaw, An­der Her­rera, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jesse Lin­gard. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Rob El­li­ot, DeAndre Yed­lin, Ciaran Clark, Javi Man­quillo, Isaac Hay­den, Flori­an Le­jeune, Jac­ob Murphy, Matt Ritch­ie, Jonjo Shel­vey, Dwight Gayle, Joselu. Sub­stitutes: Karl Dar­low, Ayoze Pe­rez, Je­sus Gamez, Chancel Mbe­mba, Mo Dia­me, Ro­lan­do Aarons, Alek­sandar Mitrovic.


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