LONDON: Manchester United came from 2-0 down at half time to pinch a 3-2 win over Newcastle in the English Premier League to ease some of the pressure on under-fire manager Jose Mourinho.
A last-minute header from Alexis Sanchez grabbed all three points for United after Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto had stunned Old Trafford by putting Newcastle 2-0 up at the break.
With tension in the air, Juan Mata pulled a goal back on 70 minutes and Anthony Martial levelled before Sanchez sealed a dramatic victory with his late header.
Paul Pogba has had a hand in 29 Premier League goals under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United (13 goals, 16 assists), more than any other player. Since 2016-17, Sanchez has scored three 90+ minute winners in the Premier League, more than any other player.
With the rumours circulating about his impending departure, Mourinho badly needed a fast start from his United team but he got exactly the opposite as Newcastle took the lead after just seven minutes.
Kenedy stunned Old Trafford with a fine run and curled low finish beyond David De Gea, but that was nothing to the disbelief which greeted Newcastle’s second just three minutes later as Muto twisted and turned before firing home from close range.
It could have been worse had De Gea not pulled off another couple of saves and it should have been more when Ashley Young got away with a blatant handball inside the box, as United’s defending bordered on the hapless.
United were vastly improved in the second half though but Newcastle did not help their cause by sitting back almost from the off and inviting pressure, while wasting the early chances they had on the break.
It took a set play to get the hosts back into it as Mata curled in a superb free kick from the edge of the box with 20 minutes left to play, and Martial levelled just six minutes later to set up a grandstand finish.
Both sides had chances to win it but it was substitute Sanchez who popped up with the header in the last minute to send a huge wave over relief crashing over Old Trafford and especially the United manager.
This is Newcastle’s worst-ever start to a top-flight season after eight games in terms of points (2 – 3pts for a win). They are winless in their eight Premier League games this season – only in 1898-99 (first 10) have they gone longer without a win from the start of a top-flight campaign.
Elsewhere . . .
Bournemouth moved up into fifth place in the Premier League by handing out a surprise 4-0 thrashing to 10-man Watford at Vicarage Road.
David Brooks scored for the second game running after just 14 minutes before the pivotal piece of action came just after the half-hour mark when Christian Kabasele was given a second yellow card after conceding a penalty by bringing down Joshua King.
King fired in the penalty, and added a second just before the break to send the Cherries in at half time 3-0 up. Callum Wilson added a fourth just two minutes after the restart but that was the end of the scoring as Bournemouth enjoyed their biggest ever away win in the Premier League.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 50th premier League goal was one to remember as he fired in a brilliant winner for Everton against 10-man Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
Richarlison put the Toffess ahead of with his fourth goal of the season after just seven minutes, before birthday boy Ricardo Pereira celebrated by scoring his first Leicester goal to level it up five minutes before the break.
Wes Morgan was sent off for the second time in three games just after the hour mark before Sigurdsson lashed in a fine winner on 77 minutes to put Everton level on points with Leicester in 10th.
Eric Dier scored a rare goal for Tottenham after only eight minutes in what looked like being a comfortable home win against Cardiff at Wembley but it turned out to be hard going for the hosts.
Neil Warnock’s side would not just roll over, even when going down to ten men with Joe Ralls send off for a foul on Lucas Moura – with the Welsh side even hitting the Spurs post at one stage.
Spurs got over the line in the end though to move up into third place in the table with Chelsea playing on Sunday.
Wolves bagged a fourth win of the season to continue their impressive march up the table by 1-0 at Crystal Palace who have failed to score in any of their four home games in the Premier League this season.
For all of the praise Nuno Espirito Santos’ side have been getting for their attacking play, their defence got them the three points at Selhurst park as they grabbed a clean sheet after an unlikely goal from Matt Doherty.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles has 67 percent possession and had five shots on target but their lack of goals cost them again as they fell to a fifth defeat of the season.
Huddersfield picked up just their third point of the season as they came from behind to grab a 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor although again David Wagner’s side had chances to win the game.
The Terriers have had trouble scoring goals all season so when Sam Vokes gave the Clarets a 20th-minute lead you feared the worst for the visitors.
Christopher Schindler scored Huddersfield’s fourth goal of the season on 66 minutes and although both sides had chances to win it both had to settle for a point in the end – which keeps Huddersfield in the bottom three.