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Manchester United vs Newcastle United. Premier League.

Old Trafford.

Manchester United 3

  • K Mainoo (31st minute)
  • A Diallo (57th minute)
  • R Höjlund (84th minute)

Newcastle United 2

  • A Gordon (49th minute)
  • L Hall (92nd minute)

Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle: Kobbie Mainoo, Amad Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund goals earn victory for Erik ten Hag’s team

Match report and free highlights as Manchester United's 3-2 win over Newcastle means only goal difference keeps Erik ten Hag's team below the Magpies; Amad Diallo scored his first Premier League goal while Rasmus Hojlund came off the bench to win it

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Amad Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund helped Manchester United to a 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford to move level on points with the Magpies.

Kobbie Mainoo's opening goal was enough to put Erik ten Hag's team in the lead at the interval but Anthony Gordon levelled things up early in the second half in an entertaining contest that was packed with chances at both ends of the pitch.

Amad restored the advantage, firing in his first Premier League goal from the edge of the penalty box, before Hojlund came off the bench to double the lead. Lewis Hall's goal made it a nervy finish but only goal difference now keeps Newcastle in seventh spot.

Player ratings

Man Utd: Onana (7), Dalot (6), Casemiro (6), Evans (6), Wan-Bissaka (6), Mainoo (7), Amrabat (6), Fernandes (8), McTominay (6), Garnacho (6), Amad (8).

Subs used: Hojlund (7), Martinez (6), Rashford (6), Eriksen (n/a).

Newcastle: Dubravka (5), Trippier (5), Krafth (6), Burn (5), Hall (6), Longstaff (6), Bruno Guimaraes (7), Anderson (6), J Murphy (7), Isak (6), Gordon (8).

Subs used: Joelinton (6), Almiron (6), Schar (6), Barnes (6).

Player of the match: Bruno Fernandes.

How entertaining game played out

Newcastle started the game confidently enough with Manchester United looking tentative, but it was the home side who came closest before the opening goal, Alejandro Garnacho's shot on the angle being well saved by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Ten Hag's team did not have to wait long, Mainoo making the breakthrough just after the half-hour mark. Amad's pass somehow snuck through to the midfielder, who calmly dispatched the ball into the net having been played onside by Kieran Trippier.

Team news

  • Bruno Fernandes returned to the Manchester United starting line-up with Rasmus Hojlund dropping to the bench.
  • Alexander Isak was fit enough to start for Newcastle as Kieran Trippier returned to the team for the first time since early March.

That prompted renewed pressure from the Magpies. Sofyan Amrabat was a little fortunate not to concede a penalty after catching Gordon, while the much-criticised Casemiro cleared off the line to deny Dan Burn a headed equaliser soon after.

Newcastle did level it after the restart, Jacob Murphy's cross finding Gordon after Amrabat had lost possession. But the Manchester United midfielder made up for it with a crucial block to prevent Alexander Isak from putting the visitors in front minutes later.

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Amad Diallo sent a rocket into the back of the net for his first Premier League goal

It proved significant because Amad's spectacular intervention followed. The young winger has had to be patient in waiting for his opportunities this season but is proving a more potent option than Antony. It was a wicked strike from the edge of the box.

Newcastle kept going and the game was so open that there was never a feeling that the scoring was over. Gordon came close to finding a second equaliser when he danced past Casemiro but dragged his shot inches wide of Andre Onana's far post.

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Rasmus Hojlund made it three with his first touch for Manchester United

It took a Ten Hag substitution to take the game away from Newcastle again. Hojlund had been dropped for this game but his impact was instant when he came on, holding off the challenge of Burn to beat Dubravka with a firmly-struck right-footed shot.

Hall's effort from distance set up a tense finale but there was no further drama and Howe's men must wait to secure a top-seven finish. Ten Hag and his players retain that hope and now have some cheer to take them into the FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Ten Hag's speech to Man Utd fans

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Erik ten Hag praised the Manchester United supporters after a difficult season

Ten Hag addressed the crowd on the pitch following what was Manchester United's final home game of the season.

"On behalf of the players, staff and myself, I want to thank you all for the brilliant support during the season," he said.

"As you know, it was not an easy season but one thing remained constant. That was the backing from you for the team.

"But this season is not over yet. First, we travel to Brighton where we go for three points and then we go to Wembley.

"And I promise you that those players will give everything - everything - to get that cup and bring it back to Old Trafford.

"And we are sure that you will be there supporting us. We thank you. You are the best supporters in the world. Thank you."

Ten Hag defends Man Utd season

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Ten Hag refused to comment on whether or not he will stay at Manchester United

"I see the positives. I see that this team is developing," Ten Hag told Sky Sports.

"I know the reasons why we are not performing. No team will perform when the whole back four is not available across the season. The holding midfielder is not available. Even the striker, Rasmus Hojlund, three times injured. [Marcus] Rashford also injured.

"We have had our problems across the season and that has a negative impact on the results.

"But down the line, you see players performing, you see players progressing, like the youngsters, and that is very positive.

"There is high potential in this club. We all know. People can see. Kobbie Mainoo. Garnacho. Diallo. Hojlund. There are players who have the class, together with the experienced players with the class, like Bruno, for instance. Andre Onana.

"I can keep going. Licha Martinez. Luke Shaw. You can say also that Diogo Dalot is playing a fantastic season, Scott McTominay also has had a very good season.

"There are many positives in this season but I cannot mention this. Do you know why? At the end of the day, we have to win trophies. And in the Premier League and the Champions League, we did not perform how people expect of us."

Gordon: Get rid of VAR or get better

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Newcastle's Anthony Gordon was left fuming after VAR failed to award him a penalty

Gordon was caught by Amrabat inside the penalty box in the first half and the result was a tear in his sock and damage to the back of the winger's ankle, but the contact was not deemed sufficient to warrant an intervention from VAR.

"I have watched it back and it is a clear penalty," Gordon told Sky Sports.

"I do not mind the referee getting the decision wrong on the pitch, but I do not understand what the point of VAR is then. It is there to correct mistakes.

"Amrabat goes down my Achilles and then pushes me in the back. Casimiro gets the ball but there are two fouls before that. I just don't see the point in [VAR].

"I knew straight away. That is why I did not appeal because I did not mind the ref not giving it. It is fast. But I will wait for the VAR to check. You can see me tell my team-mates it is a clear penalty.

"Then we carry on and I have got no sock left. How can that be possible?"

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Why Wolves and other Premier League clubs have the vote to abolish VAR for next season

The controversial call comes after Wolves revealed that they have called for a Premier League vote to scrap VAR for the 2024/25 season. It will need 13 other clubs to agree for the change to happen. Gordon's response, when told, was interesting.

"It is a big decision," he said.

"I am actually quite fond of it, I am fond of the idea. It should work, but it is not. There is constantly too many mistakes. We missed too many chances to blame anything else, but we could go 1-0 up and the game changes.

"It is a clear and obvious mistake. I do not know how you can get it wrong. Either get rid of it or get better, it is simple."

Match in stats

  • Newcastle's games have seen 141 goals this season. It is the fourth most of any side across a single campaign in the Premier League and the most since Liverpool in 2013-14.
  • Manchester United have conceded 58 Premier League goals this season, their most across a single campaign in the competition.
  • Rasmus Hojlund scored his first Premier League goal as a substitute, while his strike came just 106 seconds after being introduced - marking the eighth quickest substitute goal in the competition this season.
  • Amad Diallo is the youngest African player to both score and assist a goal in a Premier League match since Kelechi Iheanacho for Leicester against West Brom in March 2018.
  • Anthony Gordon is only the fourth Newcastle player to score home and away goals against Manchester United in a Premier League campaign.

What's next?

The final day of the Premier League season sees Man Utd visit Brighton on Sunday, kick-off 4pm.

Newcastle's last push in their chase for European football sees them visit Brentford at the same time.

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