Manchester United produced an emphatic display to beat Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial (2), Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford all got on the scoresheet.

The win moves us back into sixth, just four points off fourth place.

Here is a look at five things we learned from the win…

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Greenwood is so lethal

Up until his goal, Mason Greenwood had not featured much. It’s difficult for a young striker to flourish out on the wing. But as usual, he found a way.

All he needs is a chance. He scored the goal to give United a lead, and it was a rocket of a strike with a slight deflection which cannoned in off the bar from outside the box.

He capitalised on a mistake from Fabian Schar who misplaced a pass straight to him, and he made Newcastle pay.

United’s job is to make sure our attacking playmakers do a better job of getting Greenwood the ball in space.

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Wan-Bissaka’s first assist

When United signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka, his attacking play was the red flag.

He still has work to do in this area, and getting his first United assist was a big step.

His cross for Marcus Rashford to score United’s third was outstanding and shows what he is capable of when he gets it right.

Rashford did well to finish the header, but this was all about Wan-Bissaka.

If he can become a consistent threat in the final third, he will become a complete player and one of United’s very best.

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Clean sheet wait goes on

This is now 14 consecutive top flight games without a clean sheet for Manchester United.

It’s historically bad. The last time this happened was 49 years ago.

Poor displays from David de Gea and the midfield have had an impact, but it is safe to say the centre-back partnership is not working at the moment.

Axel Tuanzebe was not on the bench here, as he deals with another injury. The sooner he gets back the better, as United just need to try something different.

Burnley and Arsenal away are our next two games. We are not feeling too confident of this wretched defensive run ending anytime soon.

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Come from behind win

After conceding early to Matty Longstaff, this game looked like being another painful watch.

For the first time this season, United came from behind to win a game.

This was a valuable box ticked, and will give the players extra confidence that we can in fact turn games around.

From being 1-0 down, this game was effectively won by half-time with United 3-1 up.

It was a great response and showed both mental resilience and quality, quickly ending a ‘park the bus’ smash and grab attempt by Newcastle.

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This was ideal timing for United to wrap a game up early, with a game against Burnley in just two days time.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both taken off early, and Scott McTominay was sensibly withdrawn at half-time.

Paul Pogba got 45 minutes in too, while Dan James was rested entirely.

Lack of clean sheet aside, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not have asked for today to have gone better ahead of Saturday’s trip to Turf Moor.

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