Yoshinori Muto

Jose’s heroes: Man Utd produces huge comeback win

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  • Kenedy, Muto score in first 10 mins
  • Mata scores free kick
  • Martial makes it 2-2 in 76′
  • Alexis scores 90th minute winner

Anthony Martial and Juan Mata scored second half goals, and Alexis Sanchez scored in the 90th minute as Manchester United came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Newcastle United 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto put the visitors ahead 2-0 within 10 minutes, but the Red Devils struck back with vigor under embattled manager Jose Mourinho. Friday reports said Mourinho would be fired regardless of result. Well, that would sure be something.

Manchester United moves 8th with 13 points, while Newcastle is 19th with two points.

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Newcastle had a lead inside of seven minutes, a throw-in finding Ayoze Perez for an inch-perfect through ball to Kenedy. The Brazilian loanee from Chelsea, cut around Ashley Young and curled his shot past David De Gea.

A wake-up call it wasn’t, as new Magpies forward Muto then danced past Young inside the 18 to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute.

De Gea made a terrific save on Jonjo Shelvey in the 18th minute to keep the deficit at two.

Jose Mourinho gave a long hug to Eric Bailly in bringing Juan Mata on for the center back in the 20th minute.

Romelu Lukaku‘s pinpoint cross was headed wide by Marcus Rashford in the 23rd minute, and it really should’ve been 2-1.

Muto nodded a shot on target that De Gea stopped short of the goal line in the 36th.

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Pogba was moved into a back three for the second half with Chris Smalling and Nemanja Matic.

Martin Dubravka made an inspiring save on Paul Pogba‘s deflected 51st minute effort, and Nemanja Matic skied the rebound over the gaping goal.

Young crossed into the fray and Rashford missed the mark with a 56th minute header.

Newcastle wasn’t simply sitting back, and Kenedy flashed over the goal in the 59th.

Mourinho made his final sub with 24 minutes to play, bringing on Alexis Sanchez for Marcus Rashford.

Mata pulled one back for the Red Devils in the 70th minute with a tremendous free kick.

Dubravka made three saves in a 2-minute span as the match edged toward the final quarter hour, including a brilliant stop on Smalling from point blank range.

That’s when Martial leveled the score to set the stage for this from much maligned attacker Alexis.

AT HALF: Newcastle up 2 on Man Utd behind Kenedy, Muto

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Newcastle United has stunned struggling Manchester United with a pair of early goals at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Newcastle had a lead inside of seven minutes, a throw-in finding Ayoze Perez for an inch-perfect through ball to Kenedy. The Brazilian loanee from Chelsea, cut around Ashley Young and curled his shot past David De Gea.

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A wake-up call it wasn’t, as new Magpies forward Muto then danced past Young inside the 18 to make it 2-0 in the 10th minute.

De Gea made a terrific save on Jonjo Shelvey in the 18th minute to keep the deficit at two. Here’s the second goal:

Newcastle sign Japanese striker Muto

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Fans of Newcastle United and Rafael Benitez rejoice…

You’ve signed a new player.

Newcastle have added Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto on an initial four-year deal from Mainz with the transfer fee reported to be in the region of $12.7 million.

Muto, 26, has long been linked with a move to the Magpies and he secured the deal on Thursday after a work permit was granted.

Speaking about his move to the Premier League after he was part of Japan’s run to the Round of 16 at the World Cup this summer, Muto was delighted to arrive at a sleeping giant.

“I am very happy to be a player for Newcastle United. I am really looking forward to playing in front of the fans,” Muto said. “As the first Japanese Newcastle United player, I am honoured to be a player for such a big club. I hope to achieve good results – that is what I am here to do. I would like to perform well and leave my name in Newcastle’s history.”

Muto scored 23 goals in 71 appearances from Mainz over the past three seasons in the Bundesliga, while he’s scored twice in 25 outings for Japan on the international stage.

Rafael Benitez bemoaned Newcastle’s lack of transfer activity this summer after they were hammered 4-0 by Portuguese outside Braga in preseason on Wednesday.

Muto is their fifth new signing, although two of the new boys are Kenedy (on a season-long loan from Chelsea) and Martin Dubravka who spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’ Park. South Korean midfielder Ki and Swiss center back Fabian Schar are the two other summer additions.

With Mike Ashley seemingly reluctant to splash the cash the once again, Benitez at least has another attacking option for this season.

Ayoze Perez, Dwight Gayle and Joselu are the other forwards at Benitez’s disposal but they managed a grand total of just 18 PL goals between them last season.

With Aleksandar Mitrovic sold to PL new boys Fulham after his stellar loan spell for the Cottagers in the Championship last season, fans will see that this move for Muto has been funded by a departure rather than Ashley’s cash being spent.

If the Magpies don’t get off to a good start (they have Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in their first four PL encounters) then Benitez may walk away from the project as he continues to be frustrated by the lack of transfer funds.

There’s no doubt he did a splendid job to get Newcastle into 10th place last season in their first campaign back in the PL but there is an opportunity for them to be so much more than just a team who sits back, defends and grab goals from set pieces to sit pretty in midtable.

Newcastle should be challenging for a spot in the top six but unless more players arrive before next Thursday’s deadline they could be in for a relegation scrap.

 

Newcastle announces signing of Japanese striker Muto

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Rafa Benitez finally has the attacking threat he’s been begging for all summer.

Newcastle United announced Friday they have completed the transfer of Japanese international Yoshinori Muto.

The 26-year-old arrives from Bundesliga side FC Mainz where he joined in the summer of 2015 from J-League team FC Tokyo. Muto made 72 appearances for the German club across all competitions, scoring 23 goals and assisting 11 others.

Muto has 25 international caps to his name for Japan, riding the bench for most of the 2018 World Cup aside from a start in the final group stage match against Poland where he played 82 minutes without scoring or assisting a goal as Japan fell 1-0 to Poland.

According to the Newcastle Chronicle, the Magpies have forked out $12.5 million for the transfer, which is subject to receipt of a work permit.

To this point in the summer window, Newcastle had secured the services of center-back Fabian Schar, midfielder Ki Seung-young, and goalkeeper Martin Dubravkia. Still, Benitez was desperate to add to the attacking ranks, with little support for star Ayoze Perez. The acquisition of Muto likely eases the fears of allowing want-away striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to leave, with Fulham in pursuit.

Newcastle moving toward addition of two World Cup players

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A slow summer for Newcastle United may be turning up the pace in double time.

The Magpies are said to be a medical away from landing Switzerland international Fabian Schar for $4 million, and in “advanced talks” for Japan’s Yoshinori Muto.

Newcastle has struggled to land players this summer, getting Kenedy on a second loan from Chelsea, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, and free agent Ki Sung-yeung.

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Schar, 26, was relegated with Deportivo La Coruna last season and Newcastle is said to have activated a release clause in his contract.

Things aren’t quite as far along with Muto, but the Magpies may get the striker for $12 million. He’s scored 20 Bundesliga goals in 66 matches with Mainz.

The 26-year-old Muto has two goals in 25 caps for Japan, and made one start for Samurai Blue at the World Cup.

Schar played all three group stage matches at the World Cup, but missed Switzerland’s ouster at the hands of Sweden due to yellow card accumulation.

Both signings would help Newcastle a great deal, and would give Rafa Benitez the chance to go three at the back with Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, and Florian Lejeune.

That could move DeAndre Yedlin to a right wing back role, but now we’re way ahead of ourselves.