To the delight of football supporters worldwide, the international break is finally over and the Old Trafford faithful were in high spirits as they awaited the highly anticipated return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 36-year-old was the main talking point and understandably so. He didn’t disappoint either, as he scored two goals on his first appearance for the club since 2009 – the longest gap between two Premier League appearances ever.
Ronaldo showcased his killer instinct in both halves but it was another Portuguese who would score the best goal of the game. Fernandes, who is very much United’s talisman, buried an effort from 25 yards in typical Fernandes fashion.
David de Gea – 6
Could do very little about Newcastle’s goal.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6
Some good tackles but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.
Raphael Varane – 6
Good in instances but should’ve done better for the conceded goal.
Harry Maguire – 6
Like Varane, good throughout but is the main culprit for Newcastle’s equaliser.
Luke Shaw – 7
A driving force down the left side and registered his first assist of the season.
Nemanja Matic – 7
United’s best option against deep-lying sides when Scott McTominay is out. Created spaces on several occasions with passes through the lines.
Paul Pogba – 9
What a start to the season Pogba is having. Another two assists for the Frenchman, which makes it seven in just four games.
Mason Greenwood – 7
Another good performance from the teenager.
Jadon Sancho – 7
Speculative with his dribbling and looked like creating chances at will. Good performance but it wasn’t as obvious as other figures.
Bruno Fernandes – 8
We’re running out of superlatives to describe this man. One of the best midfielders in the world and he proved it yet again against Newcastle.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 9
A dream homecoming for the superstar. Two goals, a win and a wonderful reception from the crowd.
Substitutes: Jesse Lingard 8, Anthony Martial & Donny Van de Beek N/A