Despite facing an injury crisis, Newcastle emerged triumphant with a 1-0 win over Manchester United on Saturday, courtesy of Anthony Gordon’s second-half goal.
The victory propelled Eddie Howe’s team above United into fifth place in the Premier League. Newcastle dominated the match, displaying a level of control that should have translated into more goals. Gordon found the net by converting Kieran Trippier’s cross in the 55th minute. However, the win came at a cost as goalkeeper Nick Pope left the field late in the game, adding to Newcastle’s injury concerns.
Despite missing 11 first-team players, Newcastle outplayed United, who have struggled against top-nine teams this season. Andre Onana, under scrutiny for midweek errors, made an important save early on. Newcastle’s energy, both on and off the ball, overwhelmed the visitors. Trippier’s free-kick hit the underside of the bar, and Alexander Isak’s deflected effort narrowly missed the target.
The deadlock was finally broken when Trippier set up Gordon for his sixth goal of the season. United’s response, including substitutions of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, failed to turn the tide.
Fabian Schar’s block denied United a potential equalizer, but it resulted in Pope injuring his shoulder. Despite late urgency and added time, United’s efforts, including a disallowed goal due to offside, were in vain. Newcastle’s victory brought them within two points of the top four.