EPL: Manchester united beat Newcastle 2-0

London, Jan 3 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/3/2019 10:24:35 AM IST

Manchester United made it four wins from four under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St. James’ Park that saw the interim manager emulate Sir Matt Busby.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku scored with his first touch on 63 minutes, 38 seconds after coming on, before Marcus Rashford wrapped up the three points 10 minutes from time.
The victory sees Solskjaer become only the second manager in Manchester United’s history to win their first four games in charge, after Busby in 1946, and sees sixth-placed United move to within six points of the top four.
Newcastle, who have now won just one of their last eight league games, stay 15th, just two points clear of the relegation zone.
Manchester United had not tasted victory on Tyneside since March 2015, and that looked set to continue as they rode their luck in a first-half performance in stark contrast of those seen in Solskjaer’s first three games.
Christian Atsu could have had a first-half hat-trick, but the Ghana international was twice thwarted by David de Gea before dragging a shot wide inside the opening 20 minutes.
Anthony Martial lofted an effort onto the roof of the net midway though the half before Salomon Rondon did the same with a header 10 minutes before the interval.
There were signs that Manchester United were just starting to build some momentum before the break, and that continued in the second half with Rashford flashing a shot wide on 52 minutes.
Solskjaer brought Lukaku and Sanchez off the bench on 63 minutes, and the former had an immediate impact, punishing Martin Dubravka after he spilled a dipping Rashford free-kick in the six-yard box. Rashford then got himself on the scoresheet, applying the finishing touch at the end of a rapid counter on 80 minutes as Solskjaer extended him dream start to life at United with a fourth win and a first clean sheet.
Southampton hold Chelsea 0-0
Southampton held Chelsea to a goalless draw on Wednesday, debutant Saints’ goalkeeper Angus Gunn proving a bright spark in an otherwise lacklustre Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.
The 22-year-old made a series of fine saves to earn the struggling visitors a point and leave Chelsea in fourth, 10 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.
Chelsea, as expected, dominated possession and top-scorer Eden Hazard had the best chance of the first half but Gunn blocked the Belgian’s point blank shot in the 34th minute. Southampton started the second half with more purpose and, minutes in, midfielder Stuart Armstrong tested Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal for the first time, the Spanish keeper having to dive to push the ball clear. Gunn denied Hazard again in the 56th minute with a fine save after the Belgian had danced round the Southampton defence. Hazard, at the centre of most dangerous-looking Chelsea moves, put Alvaro Morata through in the 70th minute and the Spaniard’s shot hit the back of the net but was judged offside.
Gunn smothered another Morata shot eight minutes later after the striker had been put through by substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek and kept out Marcos Alonso in the dying moments of the game.

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