Nov 18, 2017 at 5.30pm UK at ​Old Trafford
Attendance: 75,035
Man UtdManchester United
4-1
NewcastleNewcastle United
Martial (37'), Smalling (45'), Pogba (54'), Lukaku (70')
Smalling (67')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Gayle (14')
Hayden (12')

Result: Paul Pogba stars on Manchester United return to knock off Newcastle United

Paul Pogba marks his return from a two-month layoff with a goal and an assist as Manchester United come from behind to beat Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba shone on his return from a two-month layoff to help Manchester United to a 4-1 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford this evening.

After Dwight Gayle had given the visitors a surprise lead, Pogba produced a goal and assist to help the Red Devils turn things around by the 54th minute.

Paul Pogba and Isaac Hayden in action during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle United on November 18, 2017© SilverHub

Romelu Lukaku then got on the scoresheet to end his seven-game barren run at club level as United romped to a victory which takes them back to second in the table.

United had not conceded a league goal at home all season before Gayle turned in a cross from DeAndre Yedlin on 14 minutes, after a slip from Victor Lindelof.

Summer signing Jacob Murphy almost doubled Newcastle's advantage when he shot across David de Gea but narrowly wide following Jonjo Shelvey's through pass.

Lukaku scored three times for Belgium over the international break but it appeared as though his United drought may continue when he missed the second of two good first-half chances by heading over from Lindelof's cross.

United's delivery into the box was outstanding all game, and it was Pogba's chip onto the head of Anthony Martial which helped them draw level on 37 minutes, with the Frenchman leaping above Yedlin and finding the bottom corner.

Ashley Young outdid Pogba with an even better cross in stoppage time, picking out Chris Smalling with his weaker left foot for the defender to power a header past Rob Elliot.

Chris Smalling celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle United on November 18, 2017© Offside

Newcastle were unlucky to be behind at half time and could have been level had Isaac Hayden not shot straight at De Gea after working a good chance for himself inside the penalty area.

Pogba made the Magpies midfielder pay by tapping home from close range after being teed up by Marcus Rashford's delicate cushioned header shortly after the break.

United were electric going forward in the second half and the icing on the cake for Jose Mourinho was a much-needed goal for Lukaku on 70 minutes.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring with Antonio Valencia during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle United on November 18, 2017© SilverHub

Lukaku started the move himself, exchanging passes with Juan Mata before a weak challenge from Ciaran Clark allowed him the time and space to pick his spot past Elliot from 10 yards.

Shelvey came close to pulling one back for Newcastle when his low shot nearly caught out De Gea as it skimmed the post.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Pogba in making his comeback, after seven months on the sidelines, and would have marked it with a spectacular goal on the volley had it not been for Elliot, who also saved from Marouane Fellaini late on.

Mourinho's side move back to within eight points of leaders Manchester City, who beat Leicester City 2-0 this afternoon.

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