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'Liverpool will have to show our new maturity against Sevilla,' warns Jurgen Klopp

Amid the debris of Liverpool’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last month, Jurgen Klopp decided something had to change. Klopp is an idealist coach, but the idea of being ‘gung-ho’ – a manager who absolves his side of defensive responsibilities so long as they outscore opponents - irritates him. Nevertheless, at his weekly team meeting in the aftermath of the Wembley debacle he informed his squad there would be significant fine-tuning in future away fixtures to prioritise solidity. Liverpool’s next game on the road, at West Ham United, saw him adopt a more conservative, defensive formation. The favoured 4-3-3 made way for a more orthodox 4-4-2, the centre-backs better shielded and full-backs more circumspect in their decisions when to support attackers. What followed was an emphatic victory in the London Stadium, although the opponent’s shortcomings at what proved Slaven Bilic’s wake – combined with the timely return of Sadio Mane - may have been as infuential as Klopp’s tactical tweaks. Tuesday's Champions League trip to Seville will allow a more meaningful assessment of the more pragmatic attitude.  Liverpool are in great form Credit: PA “We wanted to have a more defensive approach. This is true,” explained Klopp. “We had two or three situations where it was an individual problem. In all the other parts it was a team problem. “There were a lot of things we changed to make us more stable. For the West Ham game, in that week, with the knowledge of West Ham and what they had to do in a home game, we decided to sit back more. “We never hesitate to do different things, it is only that we need time for it. It was possible to play like this against West Ham because it is quite a simple thing to do. It was about making clear how we defend and, if they give us the ball, run!  “On this day it was a little bit more clear because of the line-up and because of the three outstandingly quick players. We can't always play like this but it is an opportunity. Sevilla held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in September  Credit: EPA “It was not too different to a lot of the things we did in the few games before that. Huddersfield was similar. Huddersfield had no counter-attacks and while people might say they didn't want to counter-attack that is not true, they wanted to. “That was the first really important step for us. Maribor was the next challenge for us. Usually in games like this when you don't score early, the first counter-attack for your opponent opens the game. They think 'Oh, now we can start to attack'. That week was not only a very important week for us results-wise. “We will have to show our new maturity 100 per cent in this (Seville) atmosphere. We do not need to run in only one direction and win in the first second. We have to show how the last games were against a quality opponent.” Despite enduring criticism of their defence Liverpool have consistently looked secure at home, but since August there is a striking contrast in their away record. At Anfield, Burnley are the only visiting side to score in the Premier League. Only Hoffenheim and Sevilla have also registered in this campaign, Liverpool conceding 5 goals in 9 home games in all competitions. Away, they have conceded 17 in 9 games, and the four at Tottenham signified the club’s worst start defensively since 1964. Klopp visibly baulked when informed of this at the time. For the manager and players enough was enough. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “Everyone realised that we have do everything together. If we defend, then we defend together. If we attack, then we are there,” says centre-back Ragnar Klavan, whose return has coincided with three clean sheets in the last four games.  “Tottenham wasn’t a good game, but after that we made our corrections and the last four games have been alright. “It has always been defence first and then attack and the manager has always tried to tell us that, but maybe in recent games he has put a little bit more emphasis on that. “The last few weeks have been good - one goal conceded in the last four games. This is a good improvement. “It’s about the whole team’s effort from top to bottom. Everyone is investing more defensively and we are more compact. ” Sevilla plan to undermine the recovery. They have not been beaten in their Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium since last season’s Champions League match against Juventus. They secured a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, and carry the joyous memory of their Europa League Final win of 2016. Klopp was asked if that defeat still hurt and he wanted his side to ‘strike back’. He paused, said ‘yeah’, took a bite from his apple and headed off to drill his team.

'Liverpool will have to show our new maturity against Sevilla,' warns Jurgen Klopp

Amid the debris of Liverpool’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last month, Jurgen Klopp decided something had to change. Klopp is an idealist coach, but the idea of being ‘gung-ho’ – a manager who absolves his side of defensive responsibilities so long as they outscore opponents - irritates him. Nevertheless, at his weekly team meeting in the aftermath of the Wembley debacle he informed his squad there would be significant fine-tuning in future away fixtures to prioritise solidity. Liverpool’s next game on the road, at West Ham United, saw him adopt a more conservative, defensive formation. The favoured 4-3-3 made way for a more orthodox 4-4-2, the centre-backs better shielded and full-backs more circumspect in their decisions when to support attackers. What followed was an emphatic victory in the London Stadium, although the opponent’s shortcomings at what proved Slaven Bilic’s wake – combined with the timely return of Sadio Mane - may have been as infuential as Klopp’s tactical tweaks. Tuesday's Champions League trip to Seville will allow a more meaningful assessment of the more pragmatic attitude.  Liverpool are in great form Credit: PA “We wanted to have a more defensive approach. This is true,” explained Klopp. “We had two or three situations where it was an individual problem. In all the other parts it was a team problem. “There were a lot of things we changed to make us more stable. For the West Ham game, in that week, with the knowledge of West Ham and what they had to do in a home game, we decided to sit back more. “We never hesitate to do different things, it is only that we need time for it. It was possible to play like this against West Ham because it is quite a simple thing to do. It was about making clear how we defend and, if they give us the ball, run!  “On this day it was a little bit more clear because of the line-up and because of the three outstandingly quick players. We can't always play like this but it is an opportunity. Sevilla held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in September  Credit: EPA “It was not too different to a lot of the things we did in the few games before that. Huddersfield was similar. Huddersfield had no counter-attacks and while people might say they didn't want to counter-attack that is not true, they wanted to. “That was the first really important step for us. Maribor was the next challenge for us. Usually in games like this when you don't score early, the first counter-attack for your opponent opens the game. They think 'Oh, now we can start to attack'. That week was not only a very important week for us results-wise. “We will have to show our new maturity 100 per cent in this (Seville) atmosphere. We do not need to run in only one direction and win in the first second. We have to show how the last games were against a quality opponent.” Despite enduring criticism of their defence Liverpool have consistently looked secure at home, but since August there is a striking contrast in their away record. At Anfield, Burnley are the only visiting side to score in the Premier League. Only Hoffenheim and Sevilla have also registered in this campaign, Liverpool conceding 5 goals in 9 home games in all competitions. Away, they have conceded 17 in 9 games, and the four at Tottenham signified the club’s worst start defensively since 1964. Klopp visibly baulked when informed of this at the time. For the manager and players enough was enough. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “Everyone realised that we have do everything together. If we defend, then we defend together. If we attack, then we are there,” says centre-back Ragnar Klavan, whose return has coincided with three clean sheets in the last four games.  “Tottenham wasn’t a good game, but after that we made our corrections and the last four games have been alright. “It has always been defence first and then attack and the manager has always tried to tell us that, but maybe in recent games he has put a little bit more emphasis on that. “The last few weeks have been good - one goal conceded in the last four games. This is a good improvement. “It’s about the whole team’s effort from top to bottom. Everyone is investing more defensively and we are more compact. ” Sevilla plan to undermine the recovery. They have not been beaten in their Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium since last season’s Champions League match against Juventus. They secured a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, and carry the joyous memory of their Europa League Final win of 2016. Klopp was asked if that defeat still hurt and he wanted his side to ‘strike back’. He paused, said ‘yeah’, took a bite from his apple and headed off to drill his team.

'Liverpool will have to show our new maturity against Sevilla,' warns Jurgen Klopp

Amid the debris of Liverpool’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last month, Jurgen Klopp decided something had to change. Klopp is an idealist coach, but the idea of being ‘gung-ho’ – a manager who absolves his side of defensive responsibilities so long as they outscore opponents - irritates him. Nevertheless, at his weekly team meeting in the aftermath of the Wembley debacle he informed his squad there would be significant fine-tuning in future away fixtures to prioritise solidity. Liverpool’s next game on the road, at West Ham United, saw him adopt a more conservative, defensive formation. The favoured 4-3-3 made way for a more orthodox 4-4-2, the centre-backs better shielded and full-backs more circumspect in their decisions when to support attackers. What followed was an emphatic victory in the London Stadium, although the opponent’s shortcomings at what proved Slaven Bilic’s wake – combined with the timely return of Sadio Mane - may have been as infuential as Klopp’s tactical tweaks. Tuesday's Champions League trip to Seville will allow a more meaningful assessment of the more pragmatic attitude.  Liverpool are in great form Credit: PA “We wanted to have a more defensive approach. This is true,” explained Klopp. “We had two or three situations where it was an individual problem. In all the other parts it was a team problem. “There were a lot of things we changed to make us more stable. For the West Ham game, in that week, with the knowledge of West Ham and what they had to do in a home game, we decided to sit back more. “We never hesitate to do different things, it is only that we need time for it. It was possible to play like this against West Ham because it is quite a simple thing to do. It was about making clear how we defend and, if they give us the ball, run!  “On this day it was a little bit more clear because of the line-up and because of the three outstandingly quick players. We can't always play like this but it is an opportunity. Sevilla held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in September  Credit: EPA “It was not too different to a lot of the things we did in the few games before that. Huddersfield was similar. Huddersfield had no counter-attacks and while people might say they didn't want to counter-attack that is not true, they wanted to. “That was the first really important step for us. Maribor was the next challenge for us. Usually in games like this when you don't score early, the first counter-attack for your opponent opens the game. They think 'Oh, now we can start to attack'. That week was not only a very important week for us results-wise. “We will have to show our new maturity 100 per cent in this (Seville) atmosphere. We do not need to run in only one direction and win in the first second. We have to show how the last games were against a quality opponent.” Despite enduring criticism of their defence Liverpool have consistently looked secure at home, but since August there is a striking contrast in their away record. At Anfield, Burnley are the only visiting side to score in the Premier League. Only Hoffenheim and Sevilla have also registered in this campaign, Liverpool conceding 5 goals in 9 home games in all competitions. Away, they have conceded 17 in 9 games, and the four at Tottenham signified the club’s worst start defensively since 1964. Klopp visibly baulked when informed of this at the time. For the manager and players enough was enough. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “Everyone realised that we have do everything together. If we defend, then we defend together. If we attack, then we are there,” says centre-back Ragnar Klavan, whose return has coincided with three clean sheets in the last four games.  “Tottenham wasn’t a good game, but after that we made our corrections and the last four games have been alright. “It has always been defence first and then attack and the manager has always tried to tell us that, but maybe in recent games he has put a little bit more emphasis on that. “The last few weeks have been good - one goal conceded in the last four games. This is a good improvement. “It’s about the whole team’s effort from top to bottom. Everyone is investing more defensively and we are more compact. ” Sevilla plan to undermine the recovery. They have not been beaten in their Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium since last season’s Champions League match against Juventus. They secured a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, and carry the joyous memory of their Europa League Final win of 2016. Klopp was asked if that defeat still hurt and he wanted his side to ‘strike back’. He paused, said ‘yeah’, took a bite from his apple and headed off to drill his team.

Premier League team of the week - by Jason Burt

The weekend plaudits go to Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger and rightly so after they produced an outstanding performance – maybe even the performance of the season so far – in out-running, out-fighting and beating Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby. The big question now is having set that standard can they maintain it rather than get wrapped up in selfies social media posting and bragging rights. Recent history suggests not. This team lines up in a 4-3-3 and is managed by Wenger. Heurelho Gomes - goalkeeper  Three brilliant saves from the veteran goalkeeper – including a remarkable double-save – again showed why he is such a cult hero at Watford. Hector Bellerin -right-back  Not been his best season at Arsenal but his dynamic and defensively strong display in the north London derby showed why many regard him as – one his day – the best right-back in the Premier League.  Mustafi was excellent in Arsenal's win over Spurs Credit: GETTY IMAGES Shkodran Mustafi - centre-back  Got his body in the way, tackled, blocked, and was a defensive rock. Quite superb performance from a player who has been such a disappointment since his move to Arsenal. Now he, too, has set the standard. James Tarkowski - centre-back It would have been wrong not to include a Burnley player in the team of the weekend and Tarkowski epitomises them this season as he has got into the team and shown they do not miss Michael Keane. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 Marvin Zeegelaar - left-back  A bloody nose, from an Andy Carroll elbow, inside 30 seconds did not stop the Dutch full-back going on to make an outstanding debut for Watford. Got forward superbly. Kevin De Bruyne - midfielder  Scored another breathtaking goal and has it all. Can score of either foot, assists, passes and gets around the pitch. The best player in the Premier League this season. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Paul Pogba - midfielder Back from his hamstring injury and not yet fully fit Pogba transformed Manchester United – not just in the way they played but in the mood. Scored as well. Mesut Ozil - midfielder When he plays like this he is one of the best in the world. Added work-rate to creativity and appeared to be focussed and motivated. What a difference that makes when a player has as much talent as Ozil. Eden Hazard dribbles round Ben Foster to score his first goal of the game against West Brom Credit: GETTY IMAGES Eden Hazard - forward  Hazard takes the kicks and creates – and scores – the goals. A world-class talent his link-up with Alvaro Morata can be sensational at times. Callum Wilson - striker  The Bournemouth striker’s hat-trick was the story of the weekend. Has been so unlucky with serious injury. Otherwise he would be in the England squad now. Mohamed Salah - forward Jurgen Klopp said Salah can score 70 goals this season and although he will not do that he is quick, with an eye for goal and perfect for Liverpool’s system.

Premier League team of the week - by Jason Burt

The weekend plaudits go to Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger and rightly so after they produced an outstanding performance – maybe even the performance of the season so far – in out-running, out-fighting and beating Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby. The big question now is having set that standard can they maintain it rather than get wrapped up in selfies social media posting and bragging rights. Recent history suggests not. This team lines up in a 4-3-3 and is managed by Wenger. Heurelho Gomes - goalkeeper  Three brilliant saves from the veteran goalkeeper – including a remarkable double-save – again showed why he is such a cult hero at Watford. Hector Bellerin -right-back  Not been his best season at Arsenal but his dynamic and defensively strong display in the north London derby showed why many regard him as – one his day – the best right-back in the Premier League.  Mustafi was excellent in Arsenal's win over Spurs Credit: GETTY IMAGES Shkodran Mustafi - centre-back  Got his body in the way, tackled, blocked, and was a defensive rock. Quite superb performance from a player who has been such a disappointment since his move to Arsenal. Now he, too, has set the standard. James Tarkowski - centre-back It would have been wrong not to include a Burnley player in the team of the weekend and Tarkowski epitomises them this season as he has got into the team and shown they do not miss Michael Keane. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 Marvin Zeegelaar - left-back  A bloody nose, from an Andy Carroll elbow, inside 30 seconds did not stop the Dutch full-back going on to make an outstanding debut for Watford. Got forward superbly. Kevin De Bruyne - midfielder  Scored another breathtaking goal and has it all. Can score of either foot, assists, passes and gets around the pitch. The best player in the Premier League this season. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Paul Pogba - midfielder Back from his hamstring injury and not yet fully fit Pogba transformed Manchester United – not just in the way they played but in the mood. Scored as well. Mesut Ozil - midfielder When he plays like this he is one of the best in the world. Added work-rate to creativity and appeared to be focussed and motivated. What a difference that makes when a player has as much talent as Ozil. Eden Hazard dribbles round Ben Foster to score his first goal of the game against West Brom Credit: GETTY IMAGES Eden Hazard - forward  Hazard takes the kicks and creates – and scores – the goals. A world-class talent his link-up with Alvaro Morata can be sensational at times. Callum Wilson - striker  The Bournemouth striker’s hat-trick was the story of the weekend. Has been so unlucky with serious injury. Otherwise he would be in the England squad now. Mohamed Salah - forward Jurgen Klopp said Salah can score 70 goals this season and although he will not do that he is quick, with an eye for goal and perfect for Liverpool’s system.

Premier League team of the week - by Jason Burt

The weekend plaudits go to Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger and rightly so after they produced an outstanding performance – maybe even the performance of the season so far – in out-running, out-fighting and beating Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby. The big question now is having set that standard can they maintain it rather than get wrapped up in selfies social media posting and bragging rights. Recent history suggests not. This team lines up in a 4-3-3 and is managed by Wenger. Heurelho Gomes - goalkeeper  Three brilliant saves from the veteran goalkeeper – including a remarkable double-save – again showed why he is such a cult hero at Watford. Hector Bellerin -right-back  Not been his best season at Arsenal but his dynamic and defensively strong display in the north London derby showed why many regard him as – one his day – the best right-back in the Premier League.  Mustafi was excellent in Arsenal's win over Spurs Credit: GETTY IMAGES Shkodran Mustafi - centre-back  Got his body in the way, tackled, blocked, and was a defensive rock. Quite superb performance from a player who has been such a disappointment since his move to Arsenal. Now he, too, has set the standard. James Tarkowski - centre-back It would have been wrong not to include a Burnley player in the team of the weekend and Tarkowski epitomises them this season as he has got into the team and shown they do not miss Michael Keane. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 Marvin Zeegelaar - left-back  A bloody nose, from an Andy Carroll elbow, inside 30 seconds did not stop the Dutch full-back going on to make an outstanding debut for Watford. Got forward superbly. Kevin De Bruyne - midfielder  Scored another breathtaking goal and has it all. Can score of either foot, assists, passes and gets around the pitch. The best player in the Premier League this season. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Paul Pogba - midfielder Back from his hamstring injury and not yet fully fit Pogba transformed Manchester United – not just in the way they played but in the mood. Scored as well. Mesut Ozil - midfielder When he plays like this he is one of the best in the world. Added work-rate to creativity and appeared to be focussed and motivated. What a difference that makes when a player has as much talent as Ozil. Eden Hazard dribbles round Ben Foster to score his first goal of the game against West Brom Credit: GETTY IMAGES Eden Hazard - forward  Hazard takes the kicks and creates – and scores – the goals. A world-class talent his link-up with Alvaro Morata can be sensational at times. Callum Wilson - striker  The Bournemouth striker’s hat-trick was the story of the weekend. Has been so unlucky with serious injury. Otherwise he would be in the England squad now. Mohamed Salah - forward Jurgen Klopp said Salah can score 70 goals this season and although he will not do that he is quick, with an eye for goal and perfect for Liverpool’s system.

Tottenham failings raise fears their title chances have ended

Beneath Arsenal’s unexpected resurgence, there was another lingering question at The Emirates on Saturday for which neither team were able to provide a convincing answer: will anyone mount a challenge to Manchester City? Arsenal’s ambitions seemed to end with their 3-1 defeat at the Etihad two weeks ago and, even after watching his team deliver their best performance of the season, Arsene Wenger described City as “on another planet with their results.- and that is why I was so angry two weeks ago”. Tottenham, who are also already now staring up at a double digit deficit to Pep Guardiola’s team, are evidently becoming more concerned with solidifying their Champions League status of the past two seasons. Arsenal, Liverpool and Burnley are all now within a point of them in fourth. “Before we think about City, it’s important to stay in the top four,” admitted their captain, Hugo Lloris. Knocked back: Hugo Lloris was beaten twice at the weekend Credit: Action Images via Reuters “This is the main target for our team. We heard from outside that Tottenham play for the title. The most important thing is to stay consistent in the league. "We have been in the top four the last two years and we need to carry on, to settle the club in this position and try to get more experience because the team is still young. Then reduce the gap with the best. It’s our ambition, but we must go step by step.” The next stage is clearly to improve in away games against the very best opposition. Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino could point with some justification to what the France goalkeeper called “little details” on Saturday, particularly how first-half Arsenal goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez might just have been marginally offside. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 Yet that still does not explain how they were unable to mount a serious threat once they did fall behind. Even more, Pochettino’s record now of just one win in 17 matches at the home of ‘big five’ opponents raises fresh questions about whether his team really can take the next and most difficult step of delivering under the very highest pressure and actually winning the big competitions. The most obvious doubt to arise from the evidence on Saturday related to the strength in depth of a Tottenham squad that, on its day is clearly formidable, but will face the added physical stress after Christmas this season of the Champions League knockout phase. Their front three of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all looked short of optimum match fitness for various reasons and Pochettino later acknowledged that Kane and Alli were substituted unexpectedly early in the second-half so as to avoid any injury risks. Outgunned: Mesut Ozil was superb for Arsenal, Dele Alli was off his game for Spurs Credit: AP It was all the more surprising, then, that Pochettino selected a matchday squad without Danny Rose, even though he has been deemed fit enough to appear five times in just over a month for both club and country. Pochettino stressed that it was simply about building fitness, although said Rose would still only “maybe” travel to Dortmund in the Champions League tomorrow. He certainly did not like being asked if there was any problem with a player who did so publicly question Tottenham’s transfer strategy and wage structure during the summer. “If it had been 2-0 to us, you would never have asked me,” said Pochettino. “That is so opportunistic. It is no good. I am not happy about that. You want to try to find a situation.” Bottle: Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Anadolu Agency Wenger said the decisive factor had been how his attacking players, notably Sanchez, Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, so relentlessly pressed Tottenham out of possession. “We need of course the strikers to contribute, to defend,” he said. “I believe that is where the change was. They defended very well from the front.” The obvious follow-up was why that has seemed so lacking at other moments of the past year. Wenger, though, remains convinced that the City defeat was actually skewed by refereeing errors and he could sense from the moment he walked into the home dressing-room on Saturday that the application was there. “The longer you are somewhere, the more guilty you feel if it doesn’t go well,” he said. “I know what it means to people but, overall, I am more focused on the future of this team, and how far can we go?”

Former Swansea midfielder Jack Cork says club should give Paul Clement time

Burnley midfielder Jack Cork has insisted that Swansea City’s American co-owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, should support manager Paul Clement, despite a dreadful sequence of results that has embroiled the club in a relegation battle for the second season running. Swansea turned to Clement in January, ailing on twelve points and four adrift at the foot of the Premier League. And while Clement delivered a miraculous turnaround to steer the club to safety, plummeting form of six defeats in seven outings, has left him facing almost the exact dire circumstances he inherited. Unlike last autumn, many of those reversals have been by narrow margins, although worryingly, only bottom club Crystal Palace have fared worse than the meagre 7 league goals served-up by Swansea. That absence of attacking conviction ensured that there was no recourse to goals from Cork and Ashley Barnes at Burnley as the hosts moved within a point of fourth placed Tottenham, in 7th. However, Cork who worked with Clement at Chelsea and during Swansea’s revival last year, suggested that his former manager is capable of overseeing another revival. Jack Cork celebrates scoring for Burnley against his old club Swansea on Saturday Credit: Action Images  “It all does come down to the manager, but you know he’s got quality as a manager,” said Cork. “He’s been there before and what he did last season was an unbelievable achievement. It was a real mess when he came in January and he has shown he can get them out of trouble. “At Christmas we were four or five points off safety. He pulled us right out of it, got some big wins, and they know at that club that he’s capable of doing that.” The £10m fee that Swansea received for Cork – recently capped by England – now appears relatively modest and the midfielder suggested that his departure had not entirely been down to Clement. “It was one of those things when I ended up leaving but he said he still looks out for me and told me ‘well done for England’. I think it maybe wasn’t his decision. The bid came in from Burnley, which was a lot more than they paid, and they were obviously trying to raise money to bring more midfield players in.” Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 Swansea captain Federico Fernandez stressed that while each fixture has become “massive”, a victory against Bournemouth this weekend could restore badly eroded confidence. “Now is the time to turns things around quickly and start winning games,” he said. “I believe that one win will be enough to give our confidence a massive boost and put us back on the right track.”

Tottenham failings raise fears their title chances have ended

Beneath Arsenal’s unexpected resurgence, there was another lingering question at The Emirates on Saturday for which neither team were able to provide a convincing answer: will anyone mount a challenge to Manchester City? Arsenal’s ambitions seemed to end with their 3-1 defeat at the Etihad two weeks ago and, even after watching his team deliver their best performance of the season, Arsene Wenger described City as “on another planet with their results.- and that is why I was so angry two weeks ago”. Tottenham, who are also already now staring up at a double digit deficit to Pep Guardiola’s team, are evidently becoming more concerned with solidifying their Champions League status of the past two seasons. Arsenal, Liverpool and Burnley are all now within a point of them in fourth. “Before we think about City, it’s important to stay in the top four,” admitted their captain, Hugo Lloris. Knocked back: Hugo Lloris was beaten twice at the weekend Credit: Action Images via Reuters “This is the main target for our team. We heard from outside that Tottenham play for the title. The most important thing is to stay consistent in the league. "We have been in the top four the last two years and we need to carry on, to settle the club in this position and try to get more experience because the team is still young. Then reduce the gap with the best. It’s our ambition, but we must go step by step.” The next stage is clearly to improve in away games against the very best opposition. Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino could point with some justification to what the France goalkeeper called “little details” on Saturday, particularly how first-half Arsenal goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez might just have been marginally offside. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 Yet that still does not explain how they were unable to mount a serious threat once they did fall behind. Even more, Pochettino’s record now of just one win in 17 matches at the home of ‘big five’ opponents raises fresh questions about whether his team really can take the next and most difficult step of delivering under the very highest pressure and actually winning the big competitions. The most obvious doubt to arise from the evidence on Saturday related to the strength in depth of a Tottenham squad that, on its day is clearly formidable, but will face the added physical stress after Christmas this season of the Champions League knockout phase. Their front three of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all looked short of optimum match fitness for various reasons and Pochettino later acknowledged that Kane and Alli were substituted unexpectedly early in the second-half so as to avoid any injury risks. Outgunned: Mesut Ozil was superb for Arsenal, Dele Alli was off his game for Spurs Credit: AP It was all the more surprising, then, that Pochettino selected a matchday squad without Danny Rose, even though he has been deemed fit enough to appear five times in just over a month for both club and country. Pochettino stressed that it was simply about building fitness, although said Rose would still only “maybe” travel to Dortmund in the Champions League tomorrow. He certainly did not like being asked if there was any problem with a player who did so publicly question Tottenham’s transfer strategy and wage structure during the summer. “If it had been 2-0 to us, you would never have asked me,” said Pochettino. “That is so opportunistic. It is no good. I am not happy about that. You want to try to find a situation.” Bottle: Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Anadolu Agency Wenger said the decisive factor had been how his attacking players, notably Sanchez, Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, so relentlessly pressed Tottenham out of possession. “We need of course the strikers to contribute, to defend,” he said. “I believe that is where the change was. They defended very well from the front.” The obvious follow-up was why that has seemed so lacking at other moments of the past year. Wenger, though, remains convinced that the City defeat was actually skewed by refereeing errors and he could sense from the moment he walked into the home dressing-room on Saturday that the application was there. “The longer you are somewhere, the more guilty you feel if it doesn’t go well,” he said. “I know what it means to people but, overall, I am more focused on the future of this team, and how far can we go?”

Tottenham failings raise fears their title chances have ended

Beneath Arsenal’s unexpected resurgence, there was another lingering question at The Emirates on Saturday for which neither team were able to provide a convincing answer: will anyone mount a challenge to Manchester City? Arsenal’s ambitions seemed to end with their 3-1 defeat at the Etihad two weeks ago and, even after watching his team deliver their best performance of the season, Arsene Wenger described City as “on another planet with their results.- and that is why I was so angry two weeks ago”. Tottenham, who are also already now staring up at a double digit deficit to Pep Guardiola’s team, are evidently becoming more concerned with solidifying their Champions League status of the past two seasons. Arsenal, Liverpool and Burnley are all now within a point of them in fourth. “Before we think about City, it’s important to stay in the top four,” admitted their captain, Hugo Lloris. Knocked back: Hugo Lloris was beaten twice at the weekend Credit: Action Images via Reuters “This is the main target for our team. We heard from outside that Tottenham play for the title. The most important thing is to stay consistent in the league. "We have been in the top four the last two years and we need to carry on, to settle the club in this position and try to get more experience because the team is still young. Then reduce the gap with the best. It’s our ambition, but we must go step by step.” The next stage is clearly to improve in away games against the very best opposition. Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino could point with some justification to what the France goalkeeper called “little details” on Saturday, particularly how first-half Arsenal goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez might just have been marginally offside. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 Yet that still does not explain how they were unable to mount a serious threat once they did fall behind. Even more, Pochettino’s record now of just one win in 17 matches at the home of ‘big five’ opponents raises fresh questions about whether his team really can take the next and most difficult step of delivering under the very highest pressure and actually winning the big competitions. The most obvious doubt to arise from the evidence on Saturday related to the strength in depth of a Tottenham squad that, on its day is clearly formidable, but will face the added physical stress after Christmas this season of the Champions League knockout phase. Their front three of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all looked short of optimum match fitness for various reasons and Pochettino later acknowledged that Kane and Alli were substituted unexpectedly early in the second-half so as to avoid any injury risks. Outgunned: Mesut Ozil was superb for Arsenal, Dele Alli was off his game for Spurs Credit: AP It was all the more surprising, then, that Pochettino selected a matchday squad without Danny Rose, even though he has been deemed fit enough to appear five times in just over a month for both club and country. Pochettino stressed that it was simply about building fitness, although said Rose would still only “maybe” travel to Dortmund in the Champions League tomorrow. He certainly did not like being asked if there was any problem with a player who did so publicly question Tottenham’s transfer strategy and wage structure during the summer. “If it had been 2-0 to us, you would never have asked me,” said Pochettino. “That is so opportunistic. It is no good. I am not happy about that. You want to try to find a situation.” Bottle: Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Anadolu Agency Wenger said the decisive factor had been how his attacking players, notably Sanchez, Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, so relentlessly pressed Tottenham out of possession. “We need of course the strikers to contribute, to defend,” he said. “I believe that is where the change was. They defended very well from the front.” The obvious follow-up was why that has seemed so lacking at other moments of the past year. Wenger, though, remains convinced that the City defeat was actually skewed by refereeing errors and he could sense from the moment he walked into the home dressing-room on Saturday that the application was there. “The longer you are somewhere, the more guilty you feel if it doesn’t go well,” he said. “I know what it means to people but, overall, I am more focused on the future of this team, and how far can we go?”

Tottenham failings raise fears their title chances have ended

Beneath Arsenal’s unexpected resurgence, there was another lingering question at The Emirates on Saturday for which neither team were able to provide a convincing answer: will anyone mount a challenge to Manchester City? Arsenal’s ambitions seemed to end with their 3-1 defeat at the Etihad two weeks ago and, even after watching his team deliver their best performance of the season, Arsene Wenger described City as “on another planet with their results.- and that is why I was so angry two weeks ago”. Tottenham, who are also already now staring up at a double digit deficit to Pep Guardiola’s team, are evidently becoming more concerned with solidifying their Champions League status of the past two seasons. Arsenal, Liverpool and Burnley are all now within a point of them in fourth. “Before we think about City, it’s important to stay in the top four,” admitted their captain, Hugo Lloris. Knocked back: Hugo Lloris was beaten twice at the weekend Credit: Action Images via Reuters “This is the main target for our team. We heard from outside that Tottenham play for the title. The most important thing is to stay consistent in the league. "We have been in the top four the last two years and we need to carry on, to settle the club in this position and try to get more experience because the team is still young. Then reduce the gap with the best. It’s our ambition, but we must go step by step.” The next stage is clearly to improve in away games against the very best opposition. Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino could point with some justification to what the France goalkeeper called “little details” on Saturday, particularly how first-half Arsenal goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez might just have been marginally offside. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 Yet that still does not explain how they were unable to mount a serious threat once they did fall behind. Even more, Pochettino’s record now of just one win in 17 matches at the home of ‘big five’ opponents raises fresh questions about whether his team really can take the next and most difficult step of delivering under the very highest pressure and actually winning the big competitions. The most obvious doubt to arise from the evidence on Saturday related to the strength in depth of a Tottenham squad that, on its day is clearly formidable, but will face the added physical stress after Christmas this season of the Champions League knockout phase. Their front three of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all looked short of optimum match fitness for various reasons and Pochettino later acknowledged that Kane and Alli were substituted unexpectedly early in the second-half so as to avoid any injury risks. Outgunned: Mesut Ozil was superb for Arsenal, Dele Alli was off his game for Spurs Credit: AP It was all the more surprising, then, that Pochettino selected a matchday squad without Danny Rose, even though he has been deemed fit enough to appear five times in just over a month for both club and country. Pochettino stressed that it was simply about building fitness, although said Rose would still only “maybe” travel to Dortmund in the Champions League tomorrow. He certainly did not like being asked if there was any problem with a player who did so publicly question Tottenham’s transfer strategy and wage structure during the summer. “If it had been 2-0 to us, you would never have asked me,” said Pochettino. “That is so opportunistic. It is no good. I am not happy about that. You want to try to find a situation.” Bottle: Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Anadolu Agency Wenger said the decisive factor had been how his attacking players, notably Sanchez, Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, so relentlessly pressed Tottenham out of possession. “We need of course the strikers to contribute, to defend,” he said. “I believe that is where the change was. They defended very well from the front.” The obvious follow-up was why that has seemed so lacking at other moments of the past year. Wenger, though, remains convinced that the City defeat was actually skewed by refereeing errors and he could sense from the moment he walked into the home dressing-room on Saturday that the application was there. “The longer you are somewhere, the more guilty you feel if it doesn’t go well,” he said. “I know what it means to people but, overall, I am more focused on the future of this team, and how far can we go?”

Tottenham failings raise fears their title chances have ended

Beneath Arsenal’s unexpected resurgence, there was another lingering question at The Emirates on Saturday for which neither team were able to provide a convincing answer: will anyone mount a challenge to Manchester City? Arsenal’s ambitions seemed to end with their 3-1 defeat at the Etihad two weeks ago and, even after watching his team deliver their best performance of the season, Arsene Wenger described City as “on another planet with their results.- and that is why I was so angry two weeks ago”. Tottenham, who are also already now staring up at a double digit deficit to Pep Guardiola’s team, are evidently becoming more concerned with solidifying their Champions League status of the past two seasons. Arsenal, Liverpool and Burnley are all now within a point of them in fourth. “Before we think about City, it’s important to stay in the top four,” admitted their captain, Hugo Lloris. Knocked back: Hugo Lloris was beaten twice at the weekend Credit: Action Images via Reuters “This is the main target for our team. We heard from outside that Tottenham play for the title. The most important thing is to stay consistent in the league. "We have been in the top four the last two years and we need to carry on, to settle the club in this position and try to get more experience because the team is still young. Then reduce the gap with the best. It’s our ambition, but we must go step by step.” The next stage is clearly to improve in away games against the very best opposition. Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino could point with some justification to what the France goalkeeper called “little details” on Saturday, particularly how first-half Arsenal goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez might just have been marginally offside. Offside? Mustafi's goal Credit: Sky Sports Premier League Yet that still does not explain how they were unable to mount a serious threat once they did fall behind. Even more, Pochettino’s record now of just one win in 17 matches at the home of ‘big five’ opponents raises fresh questions about whether his team really can take the next and most difficult step of delivering under the very highest pressure and actually winning the big competitions. The most obvious doubt to arise from the evidence on Saturday related to the strength in depth of a Tottenham squad that, on its day is clearly formidable, but will face the added physical stress after Christmas this season of the Champions League knockout phase. Their front three of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all looked short of optimum match fitness for various reasons and Pochettino later acknowledged that Kane and Alli were substituted unexpectedly early in the second-half so as to avoid any injury risks. Outgunned: Mesut Ozil was superb for Arsenal, Dele Alli was off his game for Spurs Credit: AP It was all the more surprising, then, that Pochettino selected a matchday squad without Danny Rose, even though he has been deemed fit enough to appear five times in just over a month for both club and country. Pochettino stressed that it was simply about building fitness, although said Rose would still only “maybe” travel to Dortmund in the Champions League tomorrow. He certainly did not like being asked if there was any problem with a player who did so publicly question Tottenham’s transfer strategy and wage structure during the summer. “If it had been 2-0 to us, you would never have asked me,” said Pochettino. “That is so opportunistic. It is no good. I am not happy about that. You want to try to find a situation.” Bottle: Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris and manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Anadolu Agency Wenger said the decisive factor had been how his attacking players, notably Sanchez, Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, so relentlessly pressed Tottenham out of possession. “We need of course the strikers to contribute, to defend,” he said. “I believe that is where the change was. They defended very well from the front.” The obvious follow-up was why that has seemed so lacking at other moments of the past year. Wenger, though, remains convinced that the City defeat was actually skewed by refereeing errors and he could sense from the moment he walked into the home dressing-room on Saturday that the application was there. “The longer you are somewhere, the more guilty you feel if it doesn’t go well,” he said. “I know what it means to people but, overall, I am more focused on the future of this team, and how far can we go?”

Former Swansea midfielder Jack Cork says club should give Paul Clement time

Burnley midfielder Jack Cork has insisted that Swansea City’s American co-owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, should support manager Paul Clement, despite a dreadful sequence of results that has embroiled the club in a relegation battle for the second season running. Swansea turned to Clement in January, ailing on twelve points and four adrift at the foot of the Premier League. And while Clement delivered a miraculous turnaround to steer the club to safety, plummeting form of six defeats in seven outings, has left him facing almost the exact dire circumstances he inherited. Unlike last autumn, many of those reversals have been by narrow margins, although worryingly, only bottom club Crystal Palace have fared worse than the meagre 7 league goals served-up by Swansea. That absence of attacking conviction ensured that there was no recourse to goals from Cork and Ashley Barnes at Burnley as the hosts moved within a point of fourth placed Tottenham, in 7th. However, Cork who worked with Clement at Chelsea and during Swansea’s revival last year, suggested that his former manager is capable of overseeing another revival. Jack Cork celebrates scoring for Burnley against his old club Swansea on Saturday Credit: Action Images  “It all does come down to the manager, but you know he’s got quality as a manager,” said Cork. “He’s been there before and what he did last season was an unbelievable achievement. It was a real mess when he came in January and he has shown he can get them out of trouble. “At Christmas we were four or five points off safety. He pulled us right out of it, got some big wins, and they know at that club that he’s capable of doing that.” The £10m fee that Swansea received for Cork – recently capped by England – now appears relatively modest and the midfielder suggested that his departure had not entirely been down to Clement. “It was one of those things when I ended up leaving but he said he still looks out for me and told me ‘well done for England’. I think it maybe wasn’t his decision. The bid came in from Burnley, which was a lot more than they paid, and they were obviously trying to raise money to bring more midfield players in.” Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 Swansea captain Federico Fernandez stressed that while each fixture has become “massive”, a victory against Bournemouth this weekend could restore badly eroded confidence. “Now is the time to turns things around quickly and start winning games,” he said. “I believe that one win will be enough to give our confidence a massive boost and put us back on the right track.”

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Bony apologises to Swansea City fans after Burnley loss

The Swans were no match for the Clarets at Turf Moor and the 28-year-old has offered an apology to the Liberty Stadium faithful

Bony apologises to Swansea City fans after Burnley loss

The Swans were no match for the Clarets at Turf Moor and the 28-year-old has offered an apology to the Liberty Stadium faithful

Tammy Abraham injured in Swansea’s loss to Burnley

The Chelsea loanee was stretchered off with eight minutes left as the Swans suffered their eighth 2017-18 league defeat at Turf Moor

Tammy Abraham injured in Swansea’s loss to Burnley

The Chelsea loanee was stretchered off with eight minutes left as the Swans suffered their eighth 2017-18 league defeat at Turf Moor

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1: Paul Pogba and Zlatan return in classy, comfortable win

This had looked like being a troubled evening for Manchester United but, from cutting an anxious figure on the touchline, Jose Mourinho was ultimately able to sit back and relax from his seat in the dug-out and, in his words, “really enjoy the quality and beauty of our football”. The gap to Manchester City remains eight points but Mourinho has the cavalry back and, perhaps no less significantly, appears willing to loosen the shackles a little as he bids to hunt down the Premier League leaders. Paul Pogba proved just how sorely he has been missed on a liberating first appearance for 10 weeks and Mourinho’s joy at having his midfield talisman back was matched only by the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic making his return from the substitute’s bench after seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. “It was a big emotion to see the big guy back,” the United manager said. Ibrahimovic was given a hero’s welcome when he entered the pitch with 13 minutes left and, in that short time, did enough to suggest that, even at 36, such a serious injury is unlikely to have done any lasting damage. “It feels special, a different day, same quality,” the Swede said. “It is my head that is playing, my knee just needs to follow. I am not worried at all. Lions don’t recover like humans.” Manchester United had defended like lambs to be begin with. Newcastle led through Dwight Gayle and asked numerous questions of a makeshift back four, and Victor Lindelof in particular, but Rafael Benitez’s side were eventually swept aside by the sheer relentlessness of Mourinho’s attacking arsenal. Gentle introduction: Zlatan came on for the last quarter of an hour Credit: Reuters Victory extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 38 matches but it was the manner of the response that resonated, and while no one should or could underestimate the influence of the returning Pogba, Mourinho’s decision to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in tandem for the first time in the Premier League this season was uplifting in itself. A sign of things to come? It will probably depend on the opposition judging by Mourinho’s post-match remarks. “We found them [Rashford and Martial] a certain balance … but we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but clearly because of our balance so to play them together gives us things but also takes some things from us,” Mourinho said. It certainly makes United better to watch, although Pogba was United’s driving force. Mourinho called him “irreplaceable” and in terms of the impact the Frenchman has on the team and the individuals around him, that is hard to disagree with. Once they had recovered from a poor first half hour, United were unrecognisable going forward from the cautious unit of late. Lukaku, in particular, looked the happiest and hungriest he has been for weeks, clearly delighted to have his friend and creative fulcrum back. His goal was his first in eight matches for United and another highlight for Mourinho, who celebrated it lustily. “Strikers like to score goals,” the Portuguese said. “It’s not a problem for me if he works like he always does and doesn’t score but for their self-esteem and self-confidence, strikers want to score goals and he wasn’t doing that for a few matches and I know that can affect striker’s confidence. So I was really happy that he scored that goal.” City’s victory over Leicester earlier in the day had left Manchester United with no margin for error but they certainly made life difficult for themselves and, even after coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead into the interval, were grateful Newcastle made a hash of a golden opportunity to draw level with seconds of the first half to play. Mourinho was without his first choice centre-half pairing of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and it showed. Lindelof’s Premier League career had amounted to 68 minutes before this and if he was hoping to make a better fist of things on his first league start than he had in the 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, when he was at fault for both goals, his wish was short-lived. Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin on the right and Yedlin charged down the line and cut inside before having the awareness to pull the ball back for the advancing Gayle. Lindelof should have intercepted at that point but got his feet in a muddle, stumbled and watch embarrassed from the deck as Gayle stroked a fine first time finish from 10 yards across David De Gea’s reach and in off the far post. Newcastle should have been two goals to the good before the home team hit back when Jonjo Shelvey sent in Jacob Murphy with a stunning pass but the Newcastle winger shot just wide of the far post. It was no surprise Pogba spearheaded the comeback. Worrying times: Rafa Benitez Credit: Reuters A quick shuffle of the feet bamboozled Javier Manquillo in the 36th minute, Pogba carving enough space for him to clip over a delightful cross for Martial to thump home a header. Newcastle needed to get to the interval level but Ashley Young wriggled free and whipped a pinpoint cross to the far post that looped over Florian Lejeune and Manquillo and on to the head of Smalling to nod home. And Benitez’s frustration was compounded moments later when Isaac Hayden, through one-on-one with David De Gea, shot straight at the goalkeeper and thereafter it was one-way traffic. The third goal was a minor classic. Mata fed Lukaku, who whipped over a fine cross that Rashford cleverly nodded the ball into the path of Pogba, who had raced half the field to slot home. “He effects our football,” Mourinho said of Pogba. “When he was injured I decided to close my mouth, we cannot be crying, but we all know - myself, and the fellow players - that some players influence the level of the team, so with him we had much more creation, we have a second way out from the first phase and I’m so happy. He’s player we need to protect.” Three became four when Lukaku cut inside from the right, exchanging a one-two with Mata and then took his time before thundering a shot into the roof of the net after. Then Ibrahimovic entered the fray. This was a very good day for Mourinho.   7:25PM Full time: Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 That could hardly have gone better for Man United. Newcastle were good in the first half hour and took the lead, but the pace and power of Lukaku and Martial, aided by the promptings of Mata, Rashford and Pogba, carved the visitors open time and again. Pogba back, Zlatan back, four goals. It's all good. Match report coming up. 7:20PM 89 mins Ooh, Zlatan! Matic picks him out, Ibrahimovic tries an acrobatic kick. Saved. Now Zlatan turns provider and stands up a nice cross. Newcastle are under huge pressure. Another cross comes in. Fellaini! Heads it straight at the keeper. 7:18PM 87 mins Crowd are having a pleasant time, the match is drifting gently towards its inevitable conclusion. Newcastle fans are still cheering on their lads. 7:13PM 82 mins Mata off for a well earned rest, Herrera comes on. 7:10PM 80 mins Zlatan, coming deep to get the ball, is cheered every time he touches it. Great to see @Ibra_official back in action. To recover from such a serious injury so quickly at his age is remarkable. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 18, 2017 7:09PM 78 mins "I am sure he has got more money than a lot of people," says Robbie Savage of Zlatan. Yes, I would imagine that he probably has. Shelvey, Newcastle's best player, lashes a drive just wide. 7:07PM 77 mins Seven months Zlatan has been out.  Diame on for Dwight Gayle, not quite as exciting. 7:06PM 75 mins Lukaku, by the way, was mobbed by his teammates after he scored that. Here comes Zlatan! Martial the man who makes way. 7:05PM 74 mins All this evening needs for United now is a run-out for the Z Man. 7:02PM GOAL! Manchester United 4 Newcastle United 1 Oooh, poor Newcastle are getting a pumping here. AWFUL defending from the Mags. Mourinho's men are running rings round them, Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) Super movement from Lukaku, he's involved in the build up, and he's there to finish it off by smashing the ball joyously into the roof of the net. 7:00PM 69 mins Paul Pogba, who has been excellent, is withdrawn. Big Marouane comes on. 6:59PM 68 mins Smalling stretches, fouls Hayden. Sore one but not malicious. Ref plays a good advantage, Murphy cracks the ball at the goal. Tipped over. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 67 min) 6:57PM 67 mins Old Trafford erupts in applause for Zlatan, who is warming up on the touchline. 6:57PM 66 mins Matt Ritchie comes off, Rolando Aarons comes on. 6:56PM 65 mins Shelvey with a powerful run, but then trips over his own feet. The crowd roar with mocking laughter. 6:55PM 63 mins The work by Man United down the flanks has been exceptional. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) This is a proper United side. 6:49PM 58 min Man United are at it here, the Mags are being torn apart. Lukaku down the left, Rashford is in the centre. A better cross from Romelu and that's four. 6:48PM 57 mins Corner... and Pogba goes for the spectacular! Overhead effort. 6:45PM GOAL! Man United 3 Newcastle United 1 That is a lovely bit of play from Rashford. Lukaku tears down the right, he crosses and Rashford produces a cushioned header. Right into the path of the late-arriving Pogba, and that's a tap in for him. Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle (Paul Pogba, 54 min) 6:43PM 51 mins Miss: Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 50 min) 6:41PM 50 mins Man United looking pretty boss right now. Martial dangerous down that left, crosses but cannot find a man. 6:38PM 47 mins Delightful play from Man United. Pogba with an incisive ball forward, Rashford with a cute flick on, Lukaku within a yard of being in. 6:36PM 46 mins Can Newcastle get back into this? No changes at the half time. 6:22PM Half time: Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 Enjoyable half. Newcastle gave a really good account of themselves for half an hour but have been undone by two simple, similar moves: cross, header. They need to mark up better. 6:21PM 45 mins Benitez looks thoroughly sick on the touchline. Very annoying time to concede.  But now a chance for Newcastle. Hayden is played through by Ritchie. He tries to open his body and curl it around De Gea but he hits it straight at the keeper. It rebounds out. Drilled back in by Ritchie and it hits Gayle. Could have gone anywhere, could have gone in. It didn't, and that is the half. 6:17PM GOAL! Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 1 It's a superb ball into the box, Smalling has stayed forward from a corner. Lovely delivery from Young, Smalling gets up well at the back stick, and he has nodded the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time. Man Utd 2 - 1 Newcastle (Chris Smalling, 45 + 1 min) 6:16PM 44 mins Clark marshalling the defence pretty well. Heads clear. Oooh but he has got away with one there: the ball is played in for Lukaku, Clark is apparently helping him to get undressed. "You can see the shirt lifted up, the arm around the neck, that should be a penalty," says G Poll. 6:14PM 42 mins Schoolboy stuff from Young and Mata as they fail to play to the whistle, Murphy picks their pockets.  Soon after, Shelvey crunches a strike at goal. 6:13PM 41 mins Joselu nearly causes a calamity when he heads over his own crossbar. 6:10PM 39 mins The insanely quick Yedlin sets up a chance through his pace and direct running. Miss: Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Jacob Murphy, 39 min) 6:08PM GOAL! MAN UNITED EQUALISE and it is down to some individual brilliance from Paul Pogba. He gets the ball, he twists and he turns, he does superbly to keep it, and now he stands the ball up perfectly for Martial to head it home. Excellent play. Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle (Anthony Martial, 37 min) 6:06PM 34 mins Newcastle keeper Elliot clattered by his colleague Manquillo. Needs treatment. 6:04PM 32 mins Martial down the left, playing it into the box aerially for, erm, Mata. Not the right target man, surely? 6:03PM 31 mins Pogba has fouled Hayden. Shelvey delivers in a freekick. Valencia clears. 6:02PM 29 mins Rashford, good work down the right, wins a corner. Delivers it. Newcastle cannot really clear. Man United turning the screw, they have the visitors on the rack here. Shelvey's having a good match. 6:01PM 25 mins Lukaku has headed over. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 25 min) Should he have done better? Mourinho, head in hands, clearly thinks so.  5:54PM 21 mins Another good move from Newcastle. Cross comes in, Dwight Gayle attacks the ball. Ritchie goes for the follow up and clatters his teammate. Oof. He's okay to carry on. Believing everything would be alright because Pogba is back pic.twitter.com/LKhvUiBQMJ— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 18, 2017 5:52PM 20 mins Rashford has a crack from 20 yards, cutting in from the left. 5:50PM 18 mins Man United are having a shocker at the back. Young and Smalling are playing like they've never met each other before. They're opened up all too easily by a through ball here. Shelvey the surgeon, and it's Murphy who has the shot. It rolls agonisingly wide of the post. 5:48PM Lovely stuff from my friend Nick Dwight Gayle joins illustrious company as the second oppo player to score at Old Trafford this season. The other: Burton's Lloyd Dyer.— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) November 18, 2017 5:47PM 15 mins MUFC look to hit back and have a corner. Not properly cleared. Here is Mata with a chance to cross. Hayden heads behind. Another corner. Rashford shoots from the edge of the area. Wide. Neither Rashers nor Martial have made any impression at all. 5:45PM GOAL! Newcastle United! This Lindelof is all over the shop! Newcastle's speedy Yedlin tears down the right, low cross, Lindelof slips over and there's Gayle to slot the ball into the corner. Man Utd 0 - 1 Newcastle (Dwight Gayle, 14 min) Newcastle had FOUR men in the box, God alone knows where the Man United central defence was! 5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. Uniteds we stand: Manchester vs Newcastle Credit: Getty 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

West Brom 0 Chelsea 4: Tony Pulis faces sack as Baggies battered and boos ring out at Hawthorns

Tony Pulis has built a career on being a fighter, but he sounded like a beaten man after watching West Bromwich Albion fall to a humiliating fourth successive Premier League defeat that left him on the brink of the sack. With the club’s Chinese owner Guochuan Lai in the stands, the West Brom fans could not have made their feelings any clearer as they worked their way through a list of “Pulis out” chants that increased in volume after each Chelsea goal. Pulis himself chose not to argue against the calls for his head and admitted that West Brom chairman John Williams had spoken to him in the dressing-room following the latest loss, but would not reveal what was said. There was certainly no suggestion he had received any reassurance over his position and it seems like a question of when and not if the axe falls. “What is the right decision for the football club, that’s the most important thing,” said Pulis. “It’s not about me, the chairman or the owner. This club will be here long after I have gone. “I have been in the game long enough to know what happens if you get on a bad run and a decision has to be made that is right for the club.” Alvaro Morata celebrates his goal Credit: REUTERS Pulis travelled straight down to Bournemouth to meet with friends on Saturday night and added: “I met with the owner last night (Friday) and he is a really good person. John Williams came in the dressing-room after the game, but what we spoke about will remain private. We will see what happens.” Pulis had used his programme notes to try to remind the West Brom fans, and possibly Lai, what he feels he has achieved during his time at the club. But the only fact that mattered to the fans who chanted “Tony Pulis, get out of our club” was that this was an 11th game in all competitions without a victory. They want a change and they want it now. West Brom’s difficulty is the fact they first need somebody to get them out of a relegation scrap and Pulis would normally be considered the perfect man for that particular job. Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo were both sacked by Chelsea following defeats to West Brom, but current head coach Antonio Conte must love a trip to the Black Country. Conte’s Chelsea team clinched the Premier League title at The Hawthorns in May thanks to a last-gasp goal from Michy Batshuayi, but this game was over after just 38 minutes. Having started brightly, West Brom collapsed once they went behind in the 17th minute to an Alvaro Morata goal. Eden Hazard’s shot was well saved by Ben Foster and Chelsea’s record signing reacted quickest to steer the ball into the net. Hazard celebrated the goal by going to the home fans, who had accused him of feigning injury a few minutes earlier. The Belgian got his ultimate revenge by finishing off a wonderful move to double Chelsea’s lead shortly afterwards. A Cesc Fabregas pass was beautifully flicked through by Morata and Hazard beat Foster to the ball to score. The assist was the 12th Premier League goal Morata had been involved in since joining the Blues, scoring eight times and making four others. Hearing the West Brom fans join the Chelsea travelling support in singing “You’re getting sacked in the morning” will have hurt Pulis, but not as much as the manner in which his team conceded a third before half-time. Fabregas found Marcos Alonso completely unmarked at the back post with a free-kick and the left-back could not really miss. For a man who prides himself on set-piece organisation, that felt like game over for Pulis. Alonso’s goal sparked chants of “Get out of our club” and “Tony Pulis, your football is s***, with boos ringing out around The Hawthorns when the half-time whistle went. Needing a miracle to get his team back into the match, Pulis sent on defensive midfielder Claudio Yacob for the second period but it was not long until things got even worse. Foster managed to stop one Hazard shot with his legs, but the forward netted his second and Chelsea’s fourth goal just after the hour mark, and, once again, it was far too easy. Fabregas played a perfect pass over the West Brom midfield for Hazard, who held off Ahmed Hegazi and checked back before firing the ball into the net. The goal sparked a mass exodus among the home fans and those who stayed attempted to reinforce their point to Lai by chanting “We want Pulis out.” It will be a surprise if they do not get their wish. A comfortable win was the perfect preparation for a Champions League trip to Qarabag for Chelsea, but Conte is unhappy with the fixture scheduling. “We are going to play against Qarabag and we will land at 5am or 6am on Thursday morning, and then we play a great game against Liverpool on Saturday,” said Conte. “Is it normal? I don’t think so. If someone wants more balance then they must pay great attention to the fixtures.” 4:32PM Goal! 10-man Bournemouth go three-up Bournemouth 3 - 0 Huddersfield (Harry Arter, 70 min)   4:29PM Goal! Liverpool seal three points Liverpool 3 - 0 Southampton (Philippe Coutinho, 68 min)   4:27PM Goal! Chelsea make it four West Brom 0 - 4 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 62 min)   4:08PM Goal! Man City double their lead Leicester 0 - 2 Man City (Kevin De Bruyne, 49 min)   3:50PM Goal! Everton level at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 2 Everton (Oumar Niasse, 45 + 1 min)   3:48PM Goal! Man City break the deadlock at the Kingpower Leicester 0 - 1 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 45 min)   3:47PM Goal! Liverpool double their lead - and it's Salah again Liverpool 2 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 41 min)   3:41PM Goal! Burnley double their lead against Swansea Burnley 2 - 0 Swansea (Ashley Barnes, 40 min)   3:40PM Goal! Blues cruise for Chelsea West Brom 0 - 3 Chelsea (Marcos Alonso, 38 min)   3:38PM Goal! Crystal Palace back ahead at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Everton (Wilfried Zaha, 35 min)   3:35PM Goal for Liverpool! Liverpool 1 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 31 min)   3:28PM Goal! Bournemouth one up at home to Huddersfield Bournemouth 1 - 0 Huddersfield (Callum Wilson, 26 min)   3:27PM Goal! Chelsea double their lead at the Hawthorns West Brom 0 - 2 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 23 min)   3:19PM Goal! Alvaro Morata puts Chelsea ahead West Brom 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   3:07PM Goal! Everton equalise through Baines' penalty Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Everton (Leighton Baines, 6 min)   3:05PM Goal! Crystal Palace 1-0 up against Everton Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Everton (James McArthur, 1 min)   2:10PM Chelsea preview Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has leapt to the defence of Danny Drinkwater and criticised England boss Gareth Southgate for allowing a furore to erupt over the midfielder declining an international call-up. Drinkwater, who joined Chelsea from Leicester on the final day of the summer transfer window, is available for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom. The 27-year-old has been hampered by a calf problem which has limited his competitive action for Chelsea and felt a twinge in training after the draw with Manchester United which led to him rejecting an England call-up for this month's friendlies with Germany and Brazil on fitness grounds. And Conte cannot fathom why the midfielder was criticised - with some saying his World Cup hopes should now be over - or why Southgate did not call him directly. "It's a pity that a player had to pay for this misunderstanding," Conte said. "Drinkwater was very honest and he doesn't deserve to be attacked from the press or from the people because he was very honest. "In this situation every single player wants to go with the national team. We have to appreciate his behaviour and commitment. "If someone asks me I can explain. Before, to call (up) the player, if you call the coach (you ask) 'is this player good or does he have a problem? Is he tired or not'? "In this way you can avoid a misunderstanding because, about Drinkwater it was a misunderstanding. "He was injured and also he wasn't really 100 per cent fit to go with the national team."

Burnley 2 Swansea City 0: Jack Cork helps heap more pressure on former manager Paul Clement

Burnley 2 Swansea City 0: Jack Cork helps heap more pressure on former manager Paul Clement

Having effected one great escape, it remains to be seen whether the Swansea City manager Paul Clement will be entrusted to reprise his role from last season after a dismal 2-0 loss at Burnley. A sixth defeat in seven Premier League outings, marked the latest chapter in a compendium of misery for the Swansea City supporters’, who could be heard calling for the removal of chairman, Huw Jenkins during the second period with their team showing little signs of a revival. While Clement escaped their fire, a meeting scheduled with American co-owner Steve Kaplan on Saturday evening is likely to have prompted several searching questions, particularly in relation to the team’s offensive travails. Swansea have registered just 23 attempts on target in their 12 league outings and until the final moments of this contest - when Wilfired Bony tamely directed a shot straight at the Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope – it had threatened to be the fourth occasion this season when they had failed to register a single shot on target. “It is clear we are not playing well,” Clement said. “When you don’t play well it is hard to pick up results at this level. The big teams can play badly and still get a result. One of the problems we have got is belief and confidence. “When the first goal went in, it got sucked out of the players. We’ve really got to find a way to break this cycle that we’re in at the moment. “If the owners feel there is someone that can get better out of these players, it is their right to do that.” Defensive failings were also noticeable in both of Burnley’s goals. The first of which was scored by Jack Cork, who featured prominently in Swansea’s survival under Clement last term. Ashley Barnes killed-off the visitors in the 40th minute. Clement recently asserted that he had few regrets over Cork’s departure in the summer though perhaps he should have added a disclaimer to cover this fixture. “It is strange how football works,” Clement said. When Jack left us, we wished him all the best. He has come here and done very well but that was the business that was decided.” Cork’s form since his move to East Lancashire has been a revelation and brought international recognition, at a stage in his career, at 28, when he may have feared that his opportunity had slipped by. Here he delivered a wonderful rendition of box-to-box midfield play. “It was brilliant to see that,” said the Burnley manager Sean Dyche. “It's a detail of the game that isn’t quite as prevalent these days. I love to see my midfielders driving into the box like Bryan Robson, flying into the box and heading it in, you don't see that so often now.”

Manchester United vs Newcastle United, Premier League: live score updates

5:42PM 12 mins Hayden has been putting it about, he's chopped down the breaking Mata and can have no complaints about his receipt of the game's first yellow card. 5:41PM 10 mins Newcastle have had their first attempt.  Out: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Ciaran Clark, 11 min) Clark might have done better with the header from that corner. 5:38PM 7 mins We have our first chance! Valencia motors down the right, he crosses low. Lukaku! Does not hit the target. Miss: Man Utd 0 - 0 Newcastle (Romelu Lukaku, 7 min) 5:37PM 5 mins United are playing with a back four. Pogba and Hayden go for the ball, the latter treads on the toe of the former. Ouch. Talking of pain, Mata does not seem to be moving too well. Manquillo clatters Rashford. 5:34PM 3 mins Shelvey has a chance to play a freekick into the box, Lukaku does some defensive work and heads clear. Lindelof seems to be wandering a bit. This is his first PL start. Will we see this chap later? Credit: PA 5:32PM 2 mins Headers. Lots of headers. Too casual from De Gea, plays Lindelof into trouble. He has to hack it out. 5:31PM 1 mins Newcastle kick off and spray the ball out to the left wing. It's out of play. 5:30PM Formidable MUFC team Pogba and Matic in the engine room, Mata creating, and then that quick, powerful and exciting front three of Martial, Rashford and Lukaku. Newcastle have their work cut out. 5:26PM Players are in the tunnel Let's play ball! 4:46PM Rafa Benitez on his Mourinho feud However, asked if he is older and wiser now, Benitez said: "I think so. Older - that is obvious - and a lot calmer and more relaxed, because you have more experience. "You know what's important. The main thing is the players. You have to concentrate on that. You have to be sure you get the best from your players." He said: "As a manager, you have to make decisions to leave players in the stands or say something that you think is good for your team. "Normally, I try to be respectful to everyone and do the best for my team." 4:37PM And of course Paul Pogba is in the Manchester United XI for the first time since Basel on September 12th. 4:36PM Zlatan on the bench What a tremendous boost that is for United, and dare I say it, for the League as a whole. 4:34PM And here are the teams for our 5.30pm kick off Man Utd: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Pogba, Matic, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Rojo, Ibrahimovic,  Lingard, Romero, Ander Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini.  Newcastle: Elliot, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie,  Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Diame, Aarons,  Perez, Mbemba, Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Mitrovic.  Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 4:26PM Good afternoon Tyers here. welcome to our live blog of Manchester United versus Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez's men have been doing reasonably well but there is some cause for concern with their recent form: they have lost three and drawn two of their last six matches. The black and white colours were lowered by such middling opponents as Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth, three matches that Rafa would surely have targeted as winnable. They travel to Old Trafford more in hope than in expectation. As for the hosts, they are having to look across the city at the noisy neighbours and they must be thinking "how can we stay in touch?" Injuries have been a big worry for Jose Mourinho, who this week expressed irritation that Phil Jones had come from England duty busted. Mourinho was annoyed that England used Jones even though he had an existing thigh problem. "For me the stranger thing with Phil Jones is that I have been a manager since 2000 and in 17 years as a manager I don't have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly," he said. "Never. Never. I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match and after 15 minutes he was out and he is out (against Newcastle on Saturday)." Asked if he had taken the matter up with Southgate, Mourinho added: "No, no, no. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match, he didn't feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to say."

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork comes back to haunt former club Swansea as Burnley heap yet more pressure on Paul Clement

Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes on target as Burnley ease past Swansea City

Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes on target as Burnley ease past Swansea City

Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes on target as Burnley ease past Swansea City

Jack Cork celebrates scoring Burnley’s opening goal against Swansea.

Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes on target as Burnley ease past Swansea City

Premier League - Southampton vs Burnley

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Burnley - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - November 4, 2017 Burnley manager Sean Dyche applauds the fans at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Burnley 2 Swansea City 0: Old boy Cork stars as Dyche's men win again

Burnley recorded three successive wins for the first time in the Premier League after Jack Cork inspired a 2-0 victory over Swansea City.

West Brom vs Chelsea live score plus goal updates from all Premier League 3pm matches

Goal updates from 3pm here 4:32PM Goal! 10-man Bournemouth go three-up Bournemouth 3 - 0 Huddersfield (Harry Arter, 70 min)   4:29PM Goal! Liverpool seal three points Liverpool 3 - 0 Southampton (Philippe Coutinho, 68 min)   4:27PM Goal! Chelsea make it four West Brom 0 - 4 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 62 min)   4:08PM Goal! Man City double their lead Leicester 0 - 2 Man City (Kevin De Bruyne, 49 min)   3:50PM Goal! Everton level at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 2 Everton (Oumar Niasse, 45 + 1 min)   3:48PM Goal! Man City break the deadlock at the Kingpower Leicester 0 - 1 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 45 min)   3:47PM Goal! Liverpool double their lead - and it's Salah again Liverpool 2 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 41 min)   3:41PM Goal! Burnley double their lead against Swansea Burnley 2 - 0 Swansea (Ashley Barnes, 40 min)   3:40PM Goal! Blues cruise for Chelsea West Brom 0 - 3 Chelsea (Marcos Alonso, 38 min)   3:38PM Goal! Crystal Palace back ahead at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Everton (Wilfried Zaha, 35 min)   3:35PM Goal for Liverpool! Liverpool 1 - 0 Southampton (Mohamed Salah, 31 min)   3:28PM Goal! Bournemouth one up at home to Huddersfield Bournemouth 1 - 0 Huddersfield (Callum Wilson, 26 min)   3:27PM Goal! Chelsea double their lead at the Hawthorns West Brom 0 - 2 Chelsea (Eden Hazard, 23 min)   3:19PM Goal! Alvaro Morata puts Chelsea ahead West Brom 0 - 1 Chelsea (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   3:07PM Goal! Everton equalise through Baines' penalty Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Everton (Leighton Baines, 6 min)   3:05PM Goal! Crystal Palace 1-0 up against Everton Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Everton (James McArthur, 1 min)   2:10PM Chelsea preview Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has leapt to the defence of Danny Drinkwater and criticised England boss Gareth Southgate for allowing a furore to erupt over the midfielder declining an international call-up. Drinkwater, who joined Chelsea from Leicester on the final day of the summer transfer window, is available for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom. The 27-year-old has been hampered by a calf problem which has limited his competitive action for Chelsea and felt a twinge in training after the draw with Manchester United which led to him rejecting an England call-up for this month's friendlies with Germany and Brazil on fitness grounds. And Conte cannot fathom why the midfielder was criticised - with some saying his World Cup hopes should now be over - or why Southgate did not call him directly. "It's a pity that a player had to pay for this misunderstanding," Conte said. "Drinkwater was very honest and he doesn't deserve to be attacked from the press or from the people because he was very honest. "In this situation every single player wants to go with the national team. We have to appreciate his behaviour and commitment. "If someone asks me I can explain. Before, to call (up) the player, if you call the coach (you ask) 'is this player good or does he have a problem? Is he tired or not'? "In this way you can avoid a misunderstanding because, about Drinkwater it was a misunderstanding. "He was injured and also he wasn't really 100 per cent fit to go with the national team."

Premier League - Southampton vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Burnley - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - November 4, 2017 Southampton's Virgil van Dijk takes a throw in REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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