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Man Utd overcomes early blip to smash Newcastle

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Manchester United feasted on the spoils of Newcastle United’s unforced errors in a 4-1 comeback win at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Anthony Martial scored twice to join Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood on the score sheet for the Red Devils.

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Manchester United rises seventh with 28 points, four points off fourth place.

Matty Longstaff put the Magpies ahead off a Joelinton feed, but Newcastle finishes the day in 10th with 25 points.


Three things we learned

1.Near-perfect Boxing Day for Ole: Going behind 1-0 certainly denies the match perfection, but it was otherwise as good as it gets for the the Red Devils. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was able to remove Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for future days following star runs early, and that meant Paul Pogba‘s halftime arrival got him used to running the show. Now the Red Devils will need to bring the fire to Turf Moor in order to continue their climb up the table.

2. Newcastle errors make it too easy: The Red Devils have enough weapons to deliver goals on an average day, so the invitations sent out by the Magpies made a blowout imminent. Martin Dubravka was wrong-footed on an opener when Martial was given acres of space, and a Sean Longstaff giveaway early in the second half sent Martial 1v1 with the keeper. Horrible, especially after a surprise 1-0 lead.

3. Martial finds footing: Martial scored twice in his 67 minutes to give him six league goals on the year. He’d only score once and had not recored an assist in his previous five Premier League outings after a hot start was cooled by injury. If he holds his form while Pogba works towards his, well, maybe?

Man of the Match: Martial, although it’s hard to say anyone starred in this match. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was also good, while Joelinton gave Newcastle reason to hope via industry and cleverness.


Scott McTominay took an early yellow card fouling Sean Longstaff, the pair continuing a scrap started at St. James’ Park.

A 12th minute free kick for Marcus Rashford was laced toward the upper 90 but turned wide by wall member Federico Fernandez.

Harry Maguire ran onto the ensuing corner but saw a header deflected out for another one.

Newcastle turned a counter attack off of that one, but Miguel Almiron sliced his 14trh minute effort wide of the near post.

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Joelinton slipped Dwight Gayle through on David De Gea, but the English striker ripped his effort over the bar.

Gayle made amends with a takeaway and long pass to Matty Longstaff, who worked a 1-2 with Joelinton to put the Magpies up 1-0.

Fred forced a first save out of Martin Dubravka in the 22nd. Martial then scored off an Andreas Pereira layoff a minute later, Dubravka wrong-footed and wishing he’d done better.

Newcastle betrayed its defensive form as Fabian Schar gifted a second goal to the Red Devils. Greenwood rocketed a shot off the bottom of the cross bar and into the goal.

Rashford made it 3-1 before halftime, rising above Fernandez to nod an Aaron Wan-Bissaka cross past Dubravka.

Sean Longstaff’s awful back pass served as a perfect through ball for Martial, who popped the ball over a helpless Dubravka for 4-1 in the 52nd.

Paul Pogba entered the game and twice fired distance efforts, one going wide and the other to Dubravka.

The final half hour was a lot more like you’d expect from these sides, Newcastle bunkering in despite its massive disadvantage.

Newcastle’s Bruce rips debutant referee after controversial call

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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is enraged after an apparent referee error helped cost his men a point.

Referee Tim Robinson gave Burnley a corner kick after Federico Fernandez was shoved over and prodded the ball over his own end line upon hitting the turf.

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The Clarets scored off the ensuing corner, Chris Wood heading home at the back post off an Ashley Westwood corner.

“The referee, it was his first game, and unfortunately it looked like it,” Bruce said. “He’s yards away, we thought he blew for a foul. Unfortunately I think he’s found it difficult today from the very first whistle.

“It’s a foul. It’s a push in the back and it’s decided the game. If it decides the game it’s a big call. There were too many mistakes and he’s made a rod for his own back.”

Newcastle missed a chance to make it 1-1 when substitute Dwight Gayle couldn’t turn a Joelinton cross on goal, and Andy Carroll couldn’t turn an early header on frame.

Of course, Burnley also missed a big chance when Sean Longstaff gave the ball to Jack Cork.

The Clarets were the better side in terms of expected goals, but that’s almost Newcastle’s par for the course this season. Their luck, or whatever, just wasn’t there on Saturday.

Wood goal helps Burnley beat Newcastle, end mini-skid

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Burnley got a little bit of luck and a finish from its big striker in a 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday at Turf Moorr, ending a three-match losing streak in the process.

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Chris Wood scored after a controversially-awarded corner, as the Clarets moved 12th on 21 points. That’s a point behind their Saturday visitors.


Three things we learned

1. Lucky Clarets cash in: Those who hate VAR and like a good old fashioned ref error that can’t be fixed by review will be loving this one. Burnley had little-to-nothing going for nearly an hour, but were given a corner when Federico Fernandez was shoved on the touch line and no whistle arrived to aid the center back. Ashley Westwood swept a corner over a sea of players and Kiwi star Wood rose to plant the ball in the goal at the back post.

2. Newcastle’s luck runs out: The Magpies entered this match on a 4-1-1 run and were beginning to entertain Top Seven ideas, but advanced stats said they had been quite lucky all season long. The misfortune of a call against Fernandez won’t sit well with Geordies, but perhaps there’s some comfort in knowing most calls had been going for Steve Bruce‘s men.

3. Gayle miss shows lack of depth: An injury to Allan Saint-Maximin was always going to be a problem for Steve Bruce, but minor injuries kept red-hot Jonjo Shelvey and lively-but-unconfident Miguel Almiron out of the team as well. Christian Atsu and Joelinton were far from clinical out wide, and Bruce turned to Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto off the bench. Gayle had one on a plate from Joelinton but fired wide on a chance which really should’ve provided a deserved point.

Man of the Match: James Tarkowski — The center back had his hands full and feet sore with the physical duo of Andy Carroll and Joelinton, but held firm in helping Burnley keep another zero on the board.


Andy Carroll captained the team and had the game’s first chance when he headed an inviting corner just wide of the frame.

Burnley’s Dwight McNeil forced Martin Dubravka into a save and a lively Isaac Hayden tore into a shot from 30 yards that sailed over the Clarets’ bar.

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Burnley went ahead on a corner that should’ve been a goal kick, but that doesn’t excuse an error from usually strong Martin Dubravka that allowed Wood to prod home at the back post.

Dubravka made amends when Sean Longstaff gave the ball to Cork in the middle of the park and dribbled himself into a 1v1 with the keeper.

Substitute Gayle butchered a chance to make it 1-1 when Joelinton bodied up Erik Pieters off a through ball from Carroll and sent the Englishman to the top of the six.

Newcastle comes back to beat Southampton

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Federico Fernandez punched home a spilled rebound in the 87th minute as Newcastle United came back to beat Southampton 2-1 at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

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The win is Newcastle’s sixth result in seven outings, sending the Magpies 10th with 22 points.

Saints stay in the drop zone with 15 points.


Three things we learned

1. Oh Danny Boy: Ings collected his ninth goal of the Premier League season in scoring for his fifth-straight match. He’s now two goals shy of his PL best single season, when he nabbed 11 for Burnley in 2014/15, and you’d bet just about anything reasonable that he sets a new standard.

2. Carroll called again, and answers: A difference maker while making a surprising start at center forward at midweek, the hometown hero was called into the fold when Joelinton was again unable to generate much. Carroll got the back post to collect Shelvey’s free kick, sending the cross back in for the equalizing header. Speaking of which…

3. Shelvey stays hot: Like Ings, Newcastle has often gone how Shelvey (and Allan Saint-Maximin) have gone. The Magpies’ midfielder whipped in a free kick which was off the mark, but was the back post to rise and plant a perfect header home off the ensuing cross.

Man of the Match: It’s probably Saint-Maximin, who laid off for Longstaff’s rip, but make sure to spare a thought for Steve Bruce. The manager has been ripped for everything from taking the job to his formation, but his subs of Longstaff and Carroll proven to be difference makers.


Nathan Redmond was twice stymied by very in-form Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka.

The Magpies had a chance in the first 25 minutes through Joelinton, but he was well dispossessed.

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It was a pretty sleepy, old-school scrap, and Federico Fernandez couldn’t get enough muster on a pre-half header to change the narrative.

Ings put some life into the game, of course he did, with a 52nd minute goal slotted cleverly past Dubravka.

Javi Manquillo then had a promising shot blocked after Steve Bruce lifted Joelinton for Andy Carroll.

Redmond really should’ve had it 2-1 off a 74th minute corner, but couldn’t react quick enough to Shane Long‘s flick.

Instead, it was Newcastle on the doorstep. Allan Saint-Maximin drew the Saints defense to his side, and then laid off for fresh sub Sean Longstaff. McCarthy spilled a diverted shot onto the doorstep for Fernandez to rifle home with minutes to spare.

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa v. Newcastle United

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Two teams having very different seasons meet Monday when Newcastle United heads to Villa Park to face Aston Villa (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET Monday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Steve Bruce will lead his fortuitous Newcastle side against his former side, one he nearly led to Premier League promotion. The Villans have been a fun watch this season, but have not seen performances turn into points.

Villa has lost three-straight league matches, albeit against strong sides Liverpool, Man City, and Wolves, and after this face Manchester United, Arsenal, and Leicester City.

Newcastle is unbeaten in three, turning a Wolves draw into wins over Bournemouth and West Ham.

The Magpies are up to 14th and sit closer to fifth than the drop zone, while Villa is just a point clear of the Bottom Three despite some impressive performances this season.


Injuries/suspensions

Aston Villa: OUT — Jed Steer. QUESTIONABLE — Jack Grealish,

Newcastle United: OUT — Jamaal Lascelles, Sean Longstaff, Matt Ritchie. QUESTIONABLE — Florian Lejeune, Ciaran Clark


Probable lineups

Aston Villa: Heaton, Targett, Mings, Konsa, Guilbert, Nakamba, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, El Ghazi, Wesley.

Newcastle United: Dubravka; Willems, Fernandez, Schar, Dummett, Yedlin; Hayden, Shelvey; Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.


What they’re saying

Villa boss Dean Smith on playmaker Jack Grealish: “The fact he hasn’t got called up, we’ve spoken at length about that. He can’t control that but what he can control is he can keep performing, making sure he keeps the pressure on the people who have to make them decisions. He’s ready. He’s one of the fittest lads there, always doing extras after training as well. He’s fit and ready.”

Newcastle’s Steve Bruce on electric, eccentric Allan Saint-Maximin“He’s only 22 and he’s got more outfits than I’ve seen. He’s different and I’m sure at times he’s going to cause me a few problems. But in all of that, deep down, he’s a decent kid. He’s okay, a bit different, but we all have to manage these different individuals, and he’s certainly one. He likes an ear-ring. He gives me £100 every other day when he forgets to take it out! In that respect, I’ve got a few quid off him already. But he’s a good kid, he’s all right. The players like him. He’s daft, he’s off the wall and he’s likeable.”


Prediction

A Villa win could seem like a decent bet, but so do goals. And the way Newcastle has defended is feast or famine this season. We’re gonna go for goals, with Grealish, Saint-Maximin, Wesley, and maybe even Miguel Almiron on the score sheet. 2-2.