Date of publication: Saturday 17 October 2020 9:58
Bruno Fernandes put the disappointment of his first missed penalty in 20 attempts behind him to score a late deciding goal as Man Utd beat Newcastle 4-1.
The Red Devils got off to the worst possible start after conceding an unfortunate self-imposed goal in the opening two minutes.
Careful work by Newcastle The talisman Allan Saint-Maximin and Jonjo Shelvey allowed Emil Krafth to be thrown freely to the right. The Swede’s attempt to cross over deflected Luke Shaw and left David de Gea stranded as the standoff was almost immediately broken.
Bruno Fernandes thought he had brought parity in the scores, but in keeping with the theme of the day, the goal was ruled out via a VAR offside.
Solskjaer’s side didn’t have to wait long for the coming equalizer, however, when Harry Maguire put to bed the nightmares of his England display.
The center-half rose the highest to meet a corner of Juan Mata and left Karl Darlow tight in the air as Utd recovered in the game.
Harry Maguire with the equalizer 🔥
What a difference a single week can make. pic.twitter.com/P6ferllyaA
– Football B / R (@brfootball) October 17, 2020
There was an ominous moment for De Gea at the half hour who appeared to be injured in a collision with the post after making a dive stop.
The pain was fleeting, however, and the Spaniard was able to continue after receiving a brief treatment.
Man Utd stepped up the pressure as the half drew to a close. Aaron Wan-Bissaka forced a superb acrobatic save from Darlow with a sliced cross, before Marcus Rashford saw a fierce strike blocked off the line.
The Magpies almost regained their lead after the break, but De Gea produced a world-class save to turn off Callum Wilson.
The striker’s point-blank header was not only ruled out by the Spaniard, but the ball was also pushed to relative safety to deny Wilson a chance to call.
A goal seemed inevitable at either end, and it looked like Man Utd would take the lead when Marcus Rashford won a penalty after taking a foul from Jamal Lewis.
Breaking a streak of 19 successful penalties, however, Bruno Fernandes saw his kick stopped.
Man Utd were not dissuaded and nearly found the breakthrough moments later when Maguire saw another header effort cleared from the line.
🧤 Karl Darlow is the first goalkeeper to prevent a Bruno Fernandes penalty in 20 attempts
🚫 The last time Fernandes had a penalty saved was in 2016 while playing for Udinese pic.twitter.com/GubTpzVQck
– WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) October 17, 2020
In a two-man battle for the man of the match award, both goalkeepers continued to excel as their porous defenses up front continued to serve chance after chance.
Newcastle began to dip deep as the game entered their final quarter, with Maguire cleared to advance further into the Magpies’ half at will.
One of those occasions resulted in a low whistle that flew just past the post, much to the relief of Darlow who appeared to be struggling with a groin injury.
The weight of the pressure was finally said with the remaining minutes, when Rashford’s clever work freed Fernandes 10 yards from goal.
The Portuguese left nothing to chance with his arrival, completing a powerful effort in the top corner to give Man Utd a 2-1 lead.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka had time to score his first goal for the club, before Rashford put the icing on the cake as Man Utd went out 4-1 against Newcastle.