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Rashford fires Man Utd into top four, Newcastle hit West Ham for five

Rashford fires Man Utd into top four, Newcastle hit West Ham for five

FOOTBALL: Marcus Rashford sent Manchester United back into the Premier League top four with the winner as the Red Devils beat Brentford 1-0 yesterday (Apr 5), while Newcastle United won 5-1 at West Ham to stay third.


Thursday 6 April 2023, 11:02AM

Marcus Rashford (left) fired Manchester United back into the Premier League’s top four. Photo: AFP

Marcus Rashford (left) fired Manchester United back into the Premier League’s top four. Photo: AFP

Callum Wilson and Joelinton each scored twice for the Magpies, who remain above United on goal difference.

Both sides now have a three-point lead over Tottenham and a game in hand on Spurs in the race for a place in next season’s Champions League.

United had slipped to fifth after a run of three league games without a win and cup commitments that meant they had not registered a Premier League win since mid-February.

Erik ten Hag’s men also had a score to settle with the Bees after a humiliating 4-0 defeat when the sides last met in August.

The Dutch coach was stinging in his criticism of his players’ attitude and desire in losing 2-0 to Newcastle on Sunday and got the response he was looking for.

“Hopefully we can build on that and get back to where we were a couple of weeks ago,” said Rashford. “Everyone’s clear on the fact that we’re not going to play our best football every week, but we have to maintain our standards.”

Rashford started through the middle as Ten Hag’s patience with Wout Weghorst finally ran out and that decision bore fruit when the England international was perfectly placed to side-foot home Marcel Sabitzer’s knockdown for his 28th goal of the season.

Brentford had lost just one of their previous 16 Premier League games to rise to ninth in the table.

Thomas Frank’s men had offered barely anything of an attacking threat for the first hour but were nearly gifted an equaliser when Ivan Toney charged down David de Gea’s clearance and the ball flew inches wide.

De Gea made amends when he spread himself to block from Kevin Schade with Brentford’s only other clear sight of goal.

“We want to play as a machine and not make mistakes,” said Ten Hag. “We made one mistake and thankfully they didn’t benefit from it. This is a massive win.”

Newcastle close on Champions League return

A fourth consecutive win edged Newcastle closer to the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

“We weren’t at our very best but we were clinical today,” said Newcastle boss Eddie Howe.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been like that. We set such high standards for ourselves, we want the team to be at our highest level.”

Wilson was restored to the starting line-up by Howe in place of Alexander Isak and rewarded his manager’s trust by heading home the opener after just six minutes.

Joelinton doubled the Magpies lead inside 13 minutes as the Brazilian latched onto Fabian Schar’s ball over the top and coolly rounded Lukasz Fabianski before slotting into an empty net.

Kurt Zouma’s header just before half-time briefly gave West Ham hope.

But within seconds of the second-half kick off, Nayef Aguerd was dispossessed inside his own box by Jacob Murphy, who squared for Wilson to have a tap in.

Another West Ham gift allowed Isak to make it four as Fabianski cleared the ball into the Swede’s path before Joelinton delivered the final blow.

David Moyes looked on aghast at his side’s defending it could the final nail in the coffin for the Scot as he faces becoming the 13th Premier League manager sacked this season.

Defeat leaves the Hammers still out of the relegation zone only on goal difference.

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