Jose’s heroes: Man Utd produces huge comeback win
- Kenedy, Muto score in first 10 mins
- Mata scores free kick
- Martial makes it 2-2 in 76'
- Alexis scores 90th minute winner
Anthony Martial and Juan Mata scored second half goals, and Alexis Sanchez scored in the 90th minute as Manchester United came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Newcastle United 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto put the visitors ahead 2-0 within 10 minutes, but the Red Devils struck back with vigor under embattled manager Jose Mourinho. Friday reports said Mourinho would be fired regardless of result. Well, that would sure be something.
Manchester United moves 8th with 13 points, while Newcastle is 19th with two points.
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Newcastle had a lead inside of seven minutes, a throw-in finding Ayoze Perez for an inch-perfect through ball to Kenedy. The Brazilian loanee from Chelsea, cut around Ashley Young and curled his shot past David De Gea.
A wake-up call it wasn’t, as new Magpies forward Muto then danced past Young inside the 18 to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute.
De Gea made a terrific save on Jonjo Shelvey in the 18th minute to keep the deficit at two.
Jose Mourinho gave a long hug to Eric Bailly in bringing Juan Mata on for the center back in the 20th minute.
Romelu Lukaku’s pinpoint cross was headed wide by Marcus Rashford in the 23rd minute, and it really should’ve been 2-1.
Muto nodded a shot on target that De Gea stopped short of the goal line in the 36th.
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Pogba was moved into a back three for the second half with Chris Smalling and Nemanja Matic.
Martin Dubravka made an inspiring save on Paul Pogba’s deflected 51st minute effort, and Nemanja Matic skied the rebound over the gaping goal.
Young crossed into the fray and Rashford missed the mark with a 56th minute header.
Newcastle wasn’t simply sitting back, and Kenedy flashed over the goal in the 59th.
Mourinho made his final sub with 24 minutes to play, bringing on Alexis Sanchez for Marcus Rashford.
Mata pulled one back for the Red Devils in the 70th minute with a tremendous free kick.
Dubravka made three saves in a 2-minute span as the match edged toward the final quarter hour, including a brilliant stop on Smalling from point blank range.
That’s when Martial leveled the score to set the stage for this from much maligned attacker Alexis.