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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Romelu Lukaku (64')
  • Marcus Rashford (80')

Man United beat Newcastle as Solskjaer matches Busby with fourth win in four

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Newcastle 0-2 Man United: Reds win again (1:25)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it four wins out of four as Man United boss as his side beat Newcastle 2-0 at St James' Park. (1:25)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Midas touch at Manchester United continued at St James' Park as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford earned the caretaker manager a fourth successive win on Wednesday.

Only the great Matt Busby, who won his first five games in charge of United back in 1946, had previously started a United reign with a four-match winning streak.

On a more difficult night for Solskjaer, though, against stubborn Newcastle, it was a second-half substitution from the Norwegian that propelled United to their latest success as Lukaku scored with his first touch in the 64th minute.

As soon as he came on, the Belgian latched on to Rashford's free kick, which was not cleanly held by Newcastle's otherwise excellent goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Then Rashford himself doubled the lead after a fine counter-attack involving Lukaku and the returning Alexis Sanchez, ensuring that sixth-placed United have now scored 14 goals in four games in their perfect start under Solskjkaer.

Newcastle, who lost for the eighth time at home in the league this season, had their moments in the first half with Christian Atsu coming closer to striking for Newcastle on three occasions but are just two points above the drop zone.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool 38 +67 97
3 Chelsea 38 +24 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +28 71
5 Arsenal 38 +22 70
6 Manchester United 38 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +1 57
8 Everton 38 +8 54
9 Leicester City 38 +3 52
10 West Ham United 38 -3 52
11 Watford 38 -7 50
12 Crystal Palace 38 -2 49
13 Newcastle United 38 -6 45
14 AFC Bournemouth 38 -14 45
15 Burnley 38 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 -20 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 -54 16