Moyes' side turned on the class against Newcastle.

David Moyes hails Manchester United, looks ahead to Bayern Munich clash

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The last week has been a lot better for Manchester United and David Moyes, as the Red Devils are now three-games unbeaten heading into their biggest match of the season.

On Saturday they hammered Newcastle United 4-0, with two goals from Juan Mata, and a goal each from Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj doing the business.

That comes off the back of their impressive 1-1 midweek draw with Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, as Moyes shuffled his squad superbly away at St. James’ Park in order to prepare his team for their huge clash in Bavaria on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Moyes shared his delight at the Red Devils’ performance as he hailed the quality of the display and singled out individuals for praise.

“Juan Mata got us a couple of goals and was involved in the final one for Adnan Januzaj as well. Mata was terrific and so were Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher. We had some great performances today. I always believed I had options and a squad of players who could come in and play. I’ve said all season that we have a really good squad of players and we showed that today. They played well and deserved the victory.”

(MORE: Newcastle United 0-4 Manchester United – Mata’s double inspires Red Devils)

The win momentarily moves United up to sixth in the Premier League, as they are now just seven points behind fourth placed Arsenal with five games to go. The Gunners have a game in hand on United and Tottenham have a game in hand on and are one point behind them, but it has been a much better end to the season for Moyes’ men than many expected. So, now their focus switches solely to the Champions League and their showdown clash at the Allianz Arena against Bayern. With the score tied at 1-1, it is a one-off match for a place in the last four that’s sure to be a tremendously nervy night.

Moyes rested David De Gea and Nemanja Vidic, who were both on the bench, and Wayne Rooney is an injury doubt with an injured toe. But Moyes’ tactic to shuffle his squad worked well, as now Bayern await in United’s date with destiny in the Champions League.

“The focus could only be on this game but you could see we’ve left a few players at home and not played a few players.,” Moyes said. “We are hoping they will be fit for Wednesday night’s game at Bayern Munich.”

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)