A Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Manchester United convincingly beat Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford, but despite Paul Pogba grabbing another two assists, was he beaten to the punch for pass of the match by David de Gea?
With the Red Devils leading 2-1 with 10 minutes left, a Bruno Fernandes piledriver and classy finish from Jesse Lingard secured all three points and ensured Ronaldo’s homecoming got off to a winning start.
De Gea crucial contribution
At 2-1, it could have been a nervy finish if Newcastle sustained a spell of pressure and won a number of corners and free kicks in dangerous areas.
But with Newcastle a little short at the back, De Gea produced a pin point pass out of his hands into the path of Mason Greenwood.
Greenwood passed to Pogba, who passed to Fernandes, who then unloaded a thunderous strike into the top corner to make sure the three points were assured.
The pass from De Gea would have made Pogba, Fernandes and even maybe Paul Scholes proud.
If the Spaniard can start to pick out those passes regularly and catch teams cold with the pace and quality we possess, it’s yet another way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can hurt teams.
Positive start for Spaniard
De Gea has made an assured start to the new season and looks to be enjoying his football and the buzz around the club.
With the addition of Raphael Varane, De Gea now has a centre back partnership in a similar ilk to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, who were the world class pairing when he joined the club, in front of him.
Here is how some fans reacted to De Gea’s pass….
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