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The returning Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United with a goal and an assist as the Reds came from behind to beat Newcastle United 4-1 under the bright lights of Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho admitted before the match that his side had missed the influence of his big stars and Pogba, who had been absent since the opening Champions League match against Basel on 12 September, played a pivotal role throughout.

He first set up Anthony Martial’s leveller after the Reds fell behind early to a Dwight Gayle strike. Chris Smalling turned it around seconds before half-time, heading in Ashley Young’s cross, before Pogba put the game to bed with a second-half tap-in.

Romelu Lukaku then grabbed his first Reds goal in eight games late on, smashing in the fourth of the night, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his long-awaited return to action with 13 minutes to go, to the delight of the Old Trafford crowd.

As well as Pogba and Ibrahimovic, Mourinho had the luxury of recalling Marcos Rojo to the matchday squad after he had recovered from his long-term injury and took his place on the Reds’ substitutes bench.

The first chance of the game fell to Lukaku, who latched onto Antonio Valencia’s low, front-post cross, but he fired over from five yards.

Before this game, the Reds were the only side in the five major European leagues yet to concede a top-flight goal at home this season, but that record was ended as Newcastle took a shock lead. DeAndre Yedlin beat Young to the byline and pulled the ball back for the arriving Gayle, who capitalised on a Victor Lindelof slip to fire low past David De Gea, via help from the post.

Yedlin nearly doubled Newcastle’s lead five minutes later but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.
That seemed to wake Mourinho’s men up and Lukaku could have levelled the game, but he headed Lindelof’s expert long ball over the bar.

United continued to probe and were back on level terms through Martial’s seventh of the season; he headed past Rob Elliot at the back post following fantastic skill and a stand-up cross by that man Pogba.

Lukaku then had a shout for a penalty waved away but, with the next attack, the Reds had turned it around. Young whipped in a dangerous in-swinging cross, which was met by the towering leap of Smalling, who headed in his first goal of the season via the outstretched leg of Elliot.

The Magpies were close to being level seconds later as Isaac Hayden’s shot was saved by De Gea, before Matt Ritchie’s rebound deflected off Gayle and, fortunately for United, evaded the post.

United started the second half much brighter than they did the first and it didn’t take long to end the game as a contest, as Pogba grabbed the goal his performance deserved. Lukaku was sent free down the left and he crossed for Marcus Rashford, who in turn headed across goal for United’s no.6 to tap home from a couple of yards out.

Lukaku so nearly played in Rashford for the fourth but his pass was too strong, as the Reds brimmed with confidence. Newcastle did threaten at the other end as Murphy’s 35-yard curler was brilliantly tipped over by De Gea.

Pogba, who was given a standing ovation as he left the field on 70 minutes, watched on as Lukaku re-discovered his goalscoring touch for United. The Belgian, fresh from becoming Belgium’s all-time record scorer, cut inside and played a neat one-two with Juan Mata, before smashing past Elliot into the roof of the net.

A second standing ovation of the night was given to United’s new no.10, Ibrahimovic, who replaced Martial in the final quarter-hour. The big Swede’s every touch was rejoiced as he looked to pick up where Pogba left off and so nearly got in on the act with an acrobatic bicycle kick, which Elliot tipped wide.

It was a near-perfect night for Mourinho and United, who are now unbeaten in 38 consecutive fixtures at Old Trafford, but it’s the returning Pogba who will grab the headlines.


United: De Gea; Valencia (c), Lindelof, Smalling, Young; Matic, Pogba (Fellaini 70), Mata (Herrera 83), Rashford, Martial (Ibrahimovic 77), Lukaku.

Subs not used: Romero, Rojo, Shaw, Lingard.

Booked: Smalling.

Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo, Ritchie (Aarons 66), Hayden, Shelvey (c), Murphy, Gayle (Diame 77), Joselu (Mitrovic 72).

Subs not used: Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Perez.

Booked: Hayden.


Pogba picked up where he left off before his unlucky injury lay-off, scoring on his return as well as setting up Martial’s leveller with an expert cross. Aside from the key influences on the scoreline, Pogba dominated the midfield, showcasing his array of passing, and added the energy missed in recent weeks. He was quite rightly afforded rapturous applause as he departed on 70 minutes.

Pogba wasn’t the only big name to return to the United team as Ibrahimovic came on to replace Martial. His every touch was cheered as he sat in behind Lukaku and Rashford and looked to influence the game at every opportunity. A great sight to see the big man back!

The Reds turn their attention back to the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday as they travel to Switzerland to face FC Basel (kick off 19:45 GMT). United will secure qualification through to the knockout stages with a just a point.

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Manchester United’s Stamford Bridge frustrations continued as Alvaro Morata’s second-half header sealed a 1-0 victory for Chelsea.

The Blues’ frontman struck the killer blow on 55 minutes as he rose unmarked to head home following a solid period of pressure from the hosts. United had some promising moments in the first half, but the long run of no wins at the Bridge – which now stretches to five years – carried on for the Reds.

Jose Mourinho had stuck with the same team that defeated Tottenham Hotspur eight days earlier, while Chelsea made three changes to the side which had been comfortably beaten in Rome in midweek. Many had predicted a tense affair before kick-off, yet it was anything but as a frantic opening 20 minutes ensued.

After David De Gea had gathered an early tester from the fit-again N’Golo Kante, the hosts had the ball in the back of the net, courtesy of Phil Jones’s boot, but the referee had already blown for a foul on the Reds’ defender by Morata as both tussled to reach Marcos Alonso’s left-wing cross.

An unmarked Marcus Rashford couldn’t keep his header down as he rose to meet Ashley Young’s cross and after Tiemoue Bakayoko had missed an equally good chance at the other end, Romelu Lukaku saw his curling effort from the edge of the box beaten away by Thibaut Courtois.

De Gea had to be alert for a bullet shot from Hazard, while Fabregas’s follow-up header found the side-netting. Chelsea kept the pressure on up to half-time, with Andreas Christensen heading a Fabregas corner over the bar.

The second period began as the first had ended, with Chelsea edging proceedings and 10 minutes after the restart they were ahead. Hazard swept a volley into the grateful arms of De Gea, but a minute later the Spaniard could do nothing to stop his compatriot Morata swooping to head Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross into the top corner.

The returning Marouane Fellaini joined Anthony Martial in entering the fray when Mourinho made a double change just after the hour-mark, taking off Jones and Mkhitaryan, but Chelsea continued to hold firm at the back. In fact, the hosts almost doubled the advantage when Fellaini got caught in possession on 75 minutes by Bakayoko but the Chelsea man fired wide. And seconds later De Gea dived to his right to block a Hazard strike.

Rashford sent a half-volley whistling just wide four minutes from the end and Fellaini had an excellent effort tipped away by Courtois just after, but that proved to be United’s last opportunity as the Reds’ disappointing run of results in South West London continues.


: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta (Rudiger, 66), Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas (Drinkwater 78), Alonso; Hazard (Willian 87), Morata.

Booked: Bakayoko

Subs not used: Caballero, Arnpadu, Pedro, Batshuayi.

United: De Gea, Bailly, Jones (Fellaini 63), Smalling, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young (Lingard 78), Mkhitaryan (Martial 63), Rashford, Lukaku.

Booked: Jones, Herrera, Fellaini

Subs: Romero, Blind, Darmian, McTominay.


Marouane Fellaini made his first appearance for the Reds since the end of September following an injury picked up on international duty for Belgium. The midfielder replaced Phil Jones on 63 minutes and almost grabbed an equaliser for the Reds in the dying seconds. Mourinho praised Fellaini in his post-match press conference for the way he “put himself on the line ready to come in and help in case the team needed him”, despite only taking part in a full training session on Saturday.


There is now a fortnight’s rest before Mourinho’s men return to Premier League action, due to another international break. The lay-off from domestic matches is an important period for United defenders Matteo Darmian and Victor Lindelof who will face each other when Italy take on Sweden in the two-legged World Cup play-off next Friday and Monday. For the other Reds on duty for their countries, friendly matches will be on the agenda before United’s next fixture, on Saturday 18 November at home to Newcastle.

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Manchester United maintained an exemplary start in the UEFA Champions League with a fine 2-0 win over Benfica, courtesy of a first-half own goal from Mile Svilar and a second-half penalty by Daley Blind.

The match started in lively fashion as the two teams looked to take a stranglehold of the game in front of a boisterous Old Trafford crowd, and both sides had chances early on, with Anthony Martial and Andreas Samaris each firing high and wide.

However, United had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 15th minute when, following a superb driving run from Martial, the Frenchman was felled by Douglas, who then handled the ball. The attack resulted in a penalty being awarded for the Reds – but unfortunately for the home fans, Martial’s spot-kick was saved by 18-year-old Svilar.

David De Gea and Svilar then traded saves, as the Spanish stopper acrobatically denied Diogo Goncalves, and the Eagles’ keeper tipped a Romelu Lukaku effort round the post on the half-hour mark.

Following Lukaku’s attempt, United went up a gear, and a period of dominance in terms of possession and territory ensued. The pressure eventually told, as in the 45th minute, Matic picked up the ball in space and lashed a low shot from 25 yards out, which struck the post and ricocheted in, off Svilar’s back.

The Reds began the second half on song, and after a finely weighted ball from Lukaku, Martial was left in space in the Benfica box but he was unable to unleash a shot.

United’s no.1 again proved crucial on the hour-mark, as De Gea tipped a fierce strike from Goncalves around the post. However, the Spaniard was left watching on shortly after, as Raul Jimenez struck the post after intercepting Eric Bailly’s wayward pass.

Birthday boy Marcus Rashford entered the fray with 15 minutes left on the clock, and the striker made an immediate impact by winning United a second penalty of the match, following a mazy run into the Eagles’ box – and this time it was Daley Blind who stepped up to fire home and double the Reds’ advantage.

With the score at 2-0 the Reds only grew in confidence until the game eventually drew to a close, with passage into the knockout rounds all but secured for Mourinho’s men after CSKA Moscow also won, 2-1 away to Basel in the night’s other Group A game.


United: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Matic, McTominay; Mata (Herrera 67), Lingard (Mkhitaryan 46), Martial (Rashford 75); Lukaku.

Subs not used: Romero, Lindelof, Shaw, Young.

Booked: Lingard 25

Benfica: Svilar; Douglas, Ruben Dias, Jardel, Grimaldo (Eliseu 62); Fejsa, Samaris, Pizzi (Jonas 80); Salvio, Diogo Goncalves, Raul (Seferovic 75).

Subs not used: Julio Cesar, Lisandro, Zivkovic, Cervi.

Booked: Ruben Dias 6, Samaris 77


De Gea in imperious form again
Another clean sheet for De Gea – the Spaniard’s performances have been brilliant this term – leading to many heralding him as the world’s best goalkeeper, and his performance tonight only furthered those claims. Both of his saves to deny Goncalves were right out of the top drawer – the first a show of exceptional athleticism, and the second an illustration of his top-class reflexes.

McTominay impresses
The Academy graduate impressed in the middle of the park, particularly towards the end of the first period, when he seemed to grow in confidence immeasurably. Whether it be in the tackle, or finding a team-mate, McTominay did not look out of place whatsoever and Mourinho now knows the no.39 is a safe pick, whenever he is required to play.

Blind makes the eleven
Daley Blind became the 11th different player to score for United this season, while the unfortunate Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar contributed the first own goal to the Reds’ cause in 2017/18. It was also the Dutchman’s first ever Champions League goal.

Four wins from four
This victory means United have won the first four Champions League group games, a feat the Reds have previously achieved only four times (in 1997/98, 2002/03, 2007/08 and 2012/13).


The Reds’ attentions turn back to the Premier League on Sunday, when Mourinho’s men travel to the capital to face Chelsea. The match will take summer signings Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku, as well as Juan Mata and Mourinho, back to their former club, as United look to build on last weekend’s impressive 1-0 win over Tottenham.

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A late second-half strike from super-sub Anthony Martial secured a significant 1-0 win over fellow title challengers Tottenham Hotspur in wet conditions at Old Trafford.

Martial, who replaced Marcus Rashford midway through the second half, latched on to Romelu Lukaku’s flick from David De Gea’s long kick to give the Reds three hard-earned points.

Jose Mourinho opted to go for three at the back as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling partnered the returning Eric Bailly in central defence. Further forward, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lukaku, who all sat out the midweek Carabao Cup win over Swansea City, returned. Harry Kane was left out of the Spurs squad due to injury.

Prior to kick-off, a minute’s silence was impeccably observed in memory of those who gave their lives in armed conflict.

Following four successive away games in three different competitions, United returned to home turf and the Reds’ faithful, recognising the magnitude of the game, certainly made up for lost time with an electric atmosphere inside Old Trafford, despite the early 12:30 kick-off.

The United players responded and started brightly as Young fed Lukaku and his cross was clutched by Hugo Lloris before Rashford could close in at the far post. Soon after, Rashford fired a 35-yard fizzing free-kick which sent the Spurs goalkeeper sprawling down to his right-hand-side to tip around the post.

The visitors, who had lost just once in 13 games in all competitions this season before bowing out of the Carabao Cup in midweek, looked to silence the United crowd early on with much of the possession, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men were restricted to long-range efforts.

Tensions were running high as Young and Dele Alli came nose to nose and both sets of supporters passionately cheered every rasping challenge.

Heung-min Son, Dele Alli and Eric Dier all had half-chances for Tottenham, but David De Gea easily dealt with all three, as a fiery first half came to a close.

The Reds came flying out of the traps after the break, possibly under fierce instructions from Mourinho. First, Mkhitaryan fired low at Lloris and Ben Davies cleared before Rashford could tap home the rebound, before United’s midfield Armenian crossed low for Lukaku, but Lloris’s out-stretched foot denied the big Belgian the chance to score.

Valencia then so nearly replicated what he did against Everton a few weeks back, but his bullet grazed the top of Tottenham’s crossbar.

United were having much more of the ball in the second half and following the introduction of Martial, the Reds had a decent chance to score. The French forward cutely flicked the ball around the corner for Matic to send Lukaku away but Lloris again thwarted his Belgian opponent with an outstretched hand.

At the other end, Alli had the game’s best chance as he latched on to Christian Eriksen’s delightful chipped ball, but could only toe the effort wide with just De Gea to beat.

Lukaku then headed against the post moments later following substitute’s Jesse Lingard’s right-wing cross. But it was Martial who was to grab the headlines from the bench again as he latched on to Lukaku’s flick to calmy slot past Lloris. Lingard had the chance to put the icing on the cake late on, instead firing over when clean through, but with De Gea and his defence again standing firm, one goal was enough to claim three points.


United: De Gea; Bailly, Jones, Smalling; Valencia (c), Herrera, Matic, Young (Darmian 90+1); Mkhitaryan (Lingard 65), Rashford (Martial 70); Lukaku.

Subs not used: Romero, Blind, McTominay, Mata.

Booked: Valencia.

Tottenham: Lloris (c), Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Winks, Sissoko (Dembele 62), Eriksen, Dele, Son (Llorente 62).

Subs not used: Vorm, Rose, Sanchez, Trippier, Nkoudou.



The Reds may have slipped up in the Premier League last time out following an under-par performance against newly-promoted Huddersfield Town, going down 2-1, but Mourinho’s men backed up the midweek Caraboa Cup win over Swansea with a vital victory today.


Anthony Martial has a knack of scoring from the bench this season, having done the same against West Ham, Swansea and Everton already. The Frenchman has now added Tottenham to that growing list with a crucial late winner which keeps United firmly in the hunt for the Premier League title.


The result means United are now undefeated in 36 consecutive fixtures at Old Trafford since a 2-1 loss to local rivals Manchester City in September 2016. The Reds have not yet conceded in the league at home in this 2017/18 season and are the only team in Europe’s top five leagues who can boast this achievement.


The Reds turn attention back to the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday when Benfica come to Old Trafford (kick off 19:45 GMT). United can continue the 100 per cent record in this season’s European competition with another triumph and in the process, virtually secure qualification through to the knockout stages.

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Carabao Cup fourth round :SWANSEA CITY 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 2

Manchester United recorded a comfortable win over Swansea City to continue our defence of the Carabao Cup, progressing to the quarter-finals.

A Jesse Lingard double enabled Jose Mourinho’s side to earn victory, as the two teams met for the first time in the competition’s history.

It was a solid response to Saturday’s disappointing afternoon at Huddersfield and Swansea were limited to only a few chances, with Sergio Romero rarely called into action, even if he did make a superb injury-time stop to deny Leroy Fer.

United showed attacking intent right from the off, first Chris Smalling headed wide from a Marcus Rashford corner, before Lingard produced the first effort on target of the evening – a driven shot from outside the area, which Kristoffer Nordfeldt had to push over the bar.

Lingard then opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Ander Herrera played the ball into Rashford, who produced a neat flick putting Lingard in on goal. Left with a one-on-one, the England international curled his shot past Nordfeldt and into the bottom corner.

Swansea could have equalised when Wayne Routledge found himself in a one-on-one of his own just minutes later, having not been flagged offside. Routledge though, was unable to clear his feet and Victor Lindelof got back to win possession.

There was danger again soon after for the Reds, when Daley Blind’s attempt to head the ball clear deflected off Oli McBurnie, but the ball travelled just wide of Romero’s right-hand post.
Scott McTominay had a good chance to open his United account just before the break, but found himself leaning back and lifting his effort over the crossbar.

A slow start to the second half was lit up when Lingard added his second of the evening with a superb header. Matteo Darmian was the provider from the right, curling the ball in and Lingard nodded home his third goal of the tournament.

Like McTominay in the first half, Axel Tuanzebe was left thinking what could have been when Nordfeldt parried the ball in his direction inside the six-yard-box, only for Tuanzebe to also put his effort over the bar under pressure from the keeper.

Swansea substitute Tammy Abraham nearly made an instant impact on the match, producing an effort from almost 25-yards that would have had the Swans back in the tie, if not for Romero turning it behind.

Keen for a hat-trick, Lingard drove an effort from range in the closing stages but it was right at the Nordfeldt and he saved comfortably. United had to be satisfied with the two goals and a place in the next round of the competition.


Swansea City: Nordfeldt; Angel Rangel (c), van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson (Naughton 38); Ki Sung-yeung, Mesa (Fer 67), Clucas; Routledge, Ayew, McBurnie (Abraham 72).

Subs not used: Mulder, Fernandez, Fulton, Narsingh.

Booked: Rangel, Clucas, Ki.

United: Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling (c), Blind; Tuanzebe, Herrera (Matic 67); Lingard, McTominay, Martial (Shaw 87); Rashford (Lukaku 66).

Substitutes not used: Pereira, Jones, Mata, Mkhitaryan.

Booked: Tuanzebe, Blind.


It’s a return to home comforts for United on Saturday (28 October) as a run of four away trips comes to an end. Tottenham Hotspur are the visitors to Old Trafford in the lunchtime kick-off (12:30 BST) and a win would see United re-establish a three-point lead ahead of third-placed Spurs. The Reds will find out our Carabao Cup quarter-final opponents on Thursday, with the matches to be played in the week beginning 18 December.

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