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Alan Shearer heaps praise on Man Utd trio after win over Newcastle – Mirror Online

Alan Shearer heaps praise on Man Utd trio after win over Newcastle – Mirror Online

Alan Shearer hailed Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford for their contributions in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday night.

Though United got off to a poor start with Luke Shaw’s early own goal, the Red Devils rallied through captain Harry Maguire’s first-half equaliser.

And Bruno Fernandes shrugged off his penalty miss in the second half to give United the lead in the 86th minute before Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford put the game to bed.

Shearer was particularly impressed by goalscorers Fernandes and Rashford, as well as Mata – who assisted Maguire’s equaliser with a corner.

The England legend told Match of the Day : “They battered Newcastle. I thought Fernandes and Mata were so clever. They stood in those little pockets, in those holes, and Newcastle couldn’t handle it.

Shearer singled out Mata, Fernandes and Rashford for praise
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“They were just too good on the ball and showed so much creativity. Those two on the ball, they can punish teams and they caused problems all evening.

“Rashford was excellent as well with his goal and two assists. The weight of passing from United was brilliant.”

After a 6-1 thumping by Tottenham in United’s previous match, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a number of changes to his starting line-up.

Midfield duo Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were dropped to the bench for Scott McTominay and Fred, while Mata was handed a rare start in attack.

Who was Manchester United’s standout performer against Newcastle? Have your say here.

Mata impressed after being given a rare start by Solskjaer
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Shearer was impressed by the ruthless streak Solskjaer showed to ring the changes against the Magpies.

He said: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for changing the team. That team needed to be changed after their last performance and they played very well.”

Shearer added: “You have to say well done to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the debacle against Tottenham.”

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