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Man United exert will on Newcastle, but can they replicate this blueprint consistently?

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Forget Tottenham and Manchester City — this is the type of performance Manchester United need to keep churning out if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to prove a success at Old Trafford.

Possession, goals and points. It sounds so simple — it was under Sir Alex Ferguson — but as Solskjaer has found out this season, it is harder than it looks. For the first time since March, United won a Premier League home game having had more of the ball. They converted 74% possession into four goals, and except for a shaky opening 20 minutes, they were too much for Newcastle in a 4-1 victory Thursday. The result leaves United just four points off the top four — probably closer than they deserve given their tumultuous start to the season.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Solskjaer used his programme notes to ask for a “positive response” after the nightmare at Watford and, eventually, he got it. It took Newcastle taking the lead to trigger it, after Matthew Longstaff had scored his second professional goal, and second against United following his winner at St. James’ Park in October.5

For the first time in more than a year, United had scored three times in the first half of a league game. They weren’t done, either, as Martial got his second six minutes after the restart — gifted by Sean Longstaff’s woeful back pass — and the game was over as a contest.

It said everything about the way the second half went that United were able to play the final 25 minutes without Rashford or Martial as Solskjaer turned his attention to negotiating the packed festive fixture schedule.

“It is not fair to ask players to play two games in three days, but we just have to get on with it, we are young and mentally strong and that means we will be ready,” Solskjaer said afterward.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

After the miserable defeat to Newcastle nearly three months ago, United responded by taking a point off Liverpool. A dire home draw with Aston Villa was followed by back-to-back victories over Tottenham and City, which in turn was followed by a draw with Everton. Will the real Man United please stand up?

If nothing else, Solskjaer has developed a knack of picking up a result when he needs one most. Consistency, though, remains a problem, and until this United team can string a run of victories together, it is impossible to say they have turned a corner. At the moment, they are team capable of beating anyone but also losing to anyone.

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