Man United 4 Newcastle 1
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.