This and Messi’s debut at Reims will probably rank as the most watched club games this year. Christiano Ronaldo didn’t have the best of games but then again it’s always a good game when you score. The Portugal captain probably didn’t have many touches of the ball compared to say Almiron for the Magpies(who was magnificent for them by the way👊). But his goal scoring instinct of being at the right place at the right time was the difference between the two. I had an eagle eye on one another summer signing, Jadon Sancho, who probably was overshadowed by the arrival of CR7. I got to be honest he had a better game than the Wolves game although he tends to want to cut inside with his right foot when he gets to the byline on the left wing instead of crossing. He is playing it safe but he better improve, the United faithful tends to put pressure on new signings to deliver.
Newcastle deserves credit for holding out for 45 minutes which is a feather in the cap of Steve Bruce’s organisational capabilities. Almiron dropped deep to add an extra defensive mid when called upon. His pace and Saint Maximin’s troubled the slow defensive core of United and it’s no surprise the equalizer was engineered by the two. Jesse Lingard’s staying at United may be a risk seeing the competition he is facing but he shows glimpses of the West Ham player of last season with nifty footwork for the fourth goal. Tougher assignments lie ahead for the two sides with Newcastle probably needing a win ASAP. Judging from the performance of their keeper Dubravka is definitely missed. United now top the league although in truth they haven’t had the toughest of fixtures to start the season.