Pat Nevin predicts where Man United will finish thanks to Paul Pogba

Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts as he was substituted on during his Manchester United return
Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts as he was substituted on during his Manchester United return

21 November, 2017

It was the first league goal conceded at home all season - and few inside Old Trafford could deny that Benitez's initially tactically superior side did not deserve it. Mourinho described their tactics as "very experienced, very intelligent". Getting lost in the big games. Manchester United are still within eight points of the runaway leaders and the lead up to Christmas will have a significant say in who wins the Premier League this season.

"The second-half was ours". His return drew an emotional response from United manager Jose Mourinho, who had also been able to welcome back club record signing Pogba, who started against Newcastle, setting up an equaliser and scoring himself.

It was his first appearance since April after recovering from the serious knee injury he suffered in the Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht last season.

"Very experienced, very intelligent, the team was very well organised, they start very well, creating us problems, we couldn't play sometimes in our defensive areas but the goal was like a wake-up call and the team reacted very, very well and very strong".

"We knew that was a massive difference between both teams". But I keep that personal.

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His replacement Lukaku scored the fourth against Newcastle, ending a run of seven games without a goal for the Red Devils.

After a season interrupted by three worldwide breaks so far, United now have games thick and fast - 14 in the six weeks before the end of 2017.

Manchester United welcomed Zlatan Ibrahimovic back with open arms this evening, but his compatriot Victor Lindelöf still has some way to go to reach the same level of appreciation from the Old Trafford faithful.

Things were not looking good for the home fans 15 minutes into Manchester United's clash with Newcastle on Saturday as Dwight Gayle latched onto a cross from DeAndre Yedlin to put the visitors ahead.

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