sport news Newcastle 0-2 Man United: Lukaku and Rashford make it four wins in a row

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the ultimate supersub for - but even he never scored within two seconds of his introduction.

That is what Romelu Lukaku did here to set up a victory which sees his manager become only the second in the club's history to win their first four league games in charge. Sir Matt Busby is the other, and that's not bad company to keep a few weeks into the job.

Lukaku needed just two minutes to score after coming on during Sunday's 4-1 victory over Bournemouth. But he wasn't hanging around this time.  

Marcus Rashford slips the ball home after being played in by Alexis Sanchez for Manchester United's second goal

Marcus Rashford slips the ball home after being played in by Alexis Sanchez for 's second goal

Rashford celebrates after making sure of the points and a fourth win in four under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Romelu Lukaku is alive to the situation after Martin Dubravka failed to hold onto Marcus Rashford's free-kick

Romelu Lukaku is alive to the situation after Martin Dubravka failed to hold onto Marcus Rashford's free-kick

The Belgian striker celebrates after scoring with his first touch just 38 seconds after coming on as a substitute

The Belgian striker celebrates after scoring with his first touch just 38 seconds after coming on as a substitute

Victor Lindelof, Ander Herrera, Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford celebrate with the goalscorer Lukaku

Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin consoles Martin Dubravka after his error let Manchester United break the deadlock

Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin consoles Martin Dubravka after his error let break the deadlock

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH ZONE

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 81), Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame (Shelvey 53), Hayden, Atsu, Perez (Kenedy 69), Rondon

Subs not used: Woodman, Manquillo, Lejeune, Joselu

Booked: Lascelles

: de Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata (Sanchez 63), Rashford (Lingard 87), Martial (Lukaku 63)

Subs not used: Romero, Darmian, Young, Fred

Goalscorers: Lukaku 64, Rashford 80

Booked: Lindelof, Shaw

Referee: Andre Marriner

Marcus Rashford completes a flowing counter-attack to finish for the game for Manchester United. CLICK HERE for more from MATCH ZONE.

Marcus Rashford completes a flowing counter-attack to finish for the game for . CLICK HERE for more from MATCH ZONE.

 

 

The Belgian had watched for 64 minutes as his team-mates toiled, a shadow of the side who had smashed 12 goals in three games since being freed of Jose Mourinho's smothering and impeding presence.

United had a free-kick 25 yards from goal as Lukaku - joined by fellow sub Alexis Sanchez - trotted into position. 

Marcus Rashford took aim and, when his dipping effort bounced just in front of Martin Dubravka, Lukaku pounced to take advantage of the goalkeeper's spill.

It was a relief for Solksjaer - whose team had been second best until that point against Rafa Benitez's Magpies - and Sanchez laid on the game-clinching second for Rashford 10 minutes from time.

Benitez has long since been criticised for the negative tactics he employs against the top clubs. His argument has always been that he is managing the meagre resource available to him, and he has a point given the club have returned a £2million profit over the last three transfer windows.

Yet here was a first-half performance in which they matched the visitors, even bettering them in terms of chances created. 

Newcastle fans unfurled a banner ahead of kick-off at St James' Park taking aim at their opponents on Wednesday night

Newcastle fans unfurled a banner ahead of kick-off at St James' Park taking aim at their opponents on Wednesday night

Alexis Sanchez was back on the bench at St James' Park having last featured in the Manchester derby on November 11

Alexis Sanchez was back on the bench at St James' Park having last featured in the Manchester derby on November 11

midfielder Paul Pogba attempts to shrug off the attentions of Newcastle's Isaac Hayden

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett gets his toe to the ball to win it ahead of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett gets his toe to the ball to win it ahead of striker Marcus Rashford

Paul Dummett keeps his eyes on the ball as Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata aims to reach it first

Paul Dummett keeps his eyes on the ball as playmaker Juan Mata aims to reach it first

Manchester United's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tries to get his point across from the touchline

's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tries to get his point across from the touchline

The inclusion of Phil Jones at centre-back for United as replacement for the suspended Eric Bailly had perhaps given the hosts hope and, rather than attempt to knit pretty patterns around the

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