Cristiano Ronaldo did not waste much time getting acquainted with his “new” team scoring 2 goals with his second being the game-winner as Manchester United defeated Newcastle 4-1 to lead the Premier League table. First place is shared by Chelsea and Liverpool, as well and they lead Manchester City, Brighton, and Tottenham who are tied in second.
Ronaldo’s 2 goals were followed by a long strike from Bruno Fernandes and then a late-game goal by Jesse Lingard. Javier Manquillo had the lone goal for Newcastle United in the 2nd half to tie the game at 1. Six minutes later, Ronaldo scored his 2nd goal.
Manchester United outshot Newcastle 21-12 and 7-3 with shots on target. They dominated possession controlling the game 65% of the time.
Takeaways From the Game
Ronaldo’s Presence Made a Difference
Whether it was his goals or just his presence on the field, he made an impact on the game which gave United the clear advantage. He was looking to score from the start by taking many shots but by scoring 2 goals he will continue to have free reign to take these chances in the future.
Ronaldo’s first goal came after a spill by goalkeeper Woodland from a shot from Mason Greenwood ricocheted. The second one was after Luke Shaw played a through ball into Ronaldo who finished it nicely between the legs of Woodland.
Paul Pogba is the Leader United Needs
Pogba has been playing some of his most consistent soccer as of late. He had two assists on Saturday and leads the Premier League in assists. He is looking comfortable with his role and is playing well with the other United midfielders.
Manchester United is a Title Contender
For conservative reasons, Manchester United are not clear favorites, yet, to win the Premier League. They are definitely title contenders and their performance on Saturday backed up this prediction.
They had one of the best summers adding some great talent to give them a boost in both attacking and defense. Raphael Varane gives the backline another true, strong center back playing next to Harry Macguire and alongside Wan Bissaka and Luke Shaw.
Jadon Sancho gives United more talent on the wing to add more playmaking and speed. When we thought their summer signings were over, they stole Manchester City’s almost done deal signing of Ronaldo. They made moves to win now and are the team to beat.
Manchester United will face West Ham away on Sunday at 9 am EST. West Ham is currently sitting at 7th in the table and tied Southampton 0-0 in their last game on Saturday.
Newcastle will face Leeds on Friday afternoon at 3 pm EST at home as they try to dig their way out from the bottom of the table.
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