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Man United beats Newcastle 3-1 to keep Europe hopes alive

The Red Devils are three points behind 6th-placed Chelsea with one round to go

Manchester United secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Newcastle United in a pulsating match that keeps the race for European football alive until the final day of the season.

In an exhilarating encounter where both teams displayed attacking intent, it was the home side who drew first blood, with Kobbie Mainoo finding the net just after the half-hour mark. Mainoo capitalized on a pass intended for Bruno Fernandes, slotting home confidently into the corner to give United the lead.

Newcastle responded strongly, with Casemiro clearing a Dan Burn header off the line shortly after, signaling their attacking threat. Eddie Howe’s Magpies continued their momentum into the second half and deservedly equalized through Anthony Gordon, who tapped home a well-delivered cross from Jacob Murphy.

However, United quickly regained the lead, with Amad Diallo scoring his first Premier League goal after a Fernandes corner was cleared into his path. Diallo made no mistake, lashing home a powerful strike from the edge of the area.

Substitute Rasmus Hojlund further extended United’s lead, scoring just 104 seconds after coming off the bench. Holding off Burn, Hojlund clinically finished with his right foot to put United 3-1 ahead.

A late stunner from Lewis Hall in stoppage time set up a tense finish, but United managed to hold on for a crucial victory. The win not only gives under-fire manager Erik ten Hag three vital points but also provides momentum ahead of a season-defining FA Cup final.

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