Confidence Brings The vague notion that the Argentines used to hear three years ago as a foreground for a rain of investment that would never come, seems to act as fuel for Manchester United players, after José Mourinho's forced departure and a weak first season segment became accustomed to winning. Illusions renewed? The magic hand of the Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? The distension that gave the end of an impenetrable link? Only they know it.
The 2 to 0 visitors to Newcastle, cumbersome and tight, were far from the much more excellent displays against Cardiff (5 to 1), Huddersfield (3 to 1) and Bournemouth (4 to 1), but that meant the fourth consecutive victory in just 12 days since the arrival of the new coach. The parties at the end of the year, for the United States undoubtedly were happy without Mourinho, the man with whom "neither the cooks nor the props were happy," explained a few days ago Wayne Rooney, the historic top scorer for the club.
In principle, the stay in Solskjaer's bank, former player of the club between 1996 and 2007 and winner of 13 titles with the red shirt, will be short. It is expected that at the end of the season there will be a new coach. But support from the players ("We're more offensive, and that's how we want to play," Frenchman Paul Pogba had said about this new cycle., one of Mourinho's toughest opponents, the results and some signs of the Norwegians can maintain it.
Towards Newcastle, an intervention by DT twisted the fate of the game. In the 18th minute in the second half, Belgian Romelu Lukaku, who had gone 10 seconds before replacing Anthony Martial, exploited a new rebound of Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka after a free kick by Marcus Rashford and broke the perimeter magpies They had built around their area. A while later, the Rashford hit the duel for a good backlash weave with Lukaku and the Chilean Alexis Sanchez, another of Solskjaer's solutions in the bank.
Until then, United had monopolized the ball and had prowled the rival area, but had failed in the penultimate touch and had hardly complicated Dubravka in a duel where there was plenty of friction and strong legs (the local captain, Jamaal Lascelles, should have seen it red by a violent sliding tackle at Ander Herrera, but only got one yellow).
United's triumphant raid allows him to start 2019 with a different perspective: with these 12 points, he climbed to the sixth position for 16 units of the Liverpool leader (On Thursday at 5 pm you will visit Manchester City), but for only three of the positions that will qualify for next season's continental competitions. It seems like a very modest aspiration for one of the English football giants, but it was almost chimeric to think about it two weeks ago when Mourinho was drafted.