It had been a long fortnight for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players after their humiliation by Spurs at Old Trafford and, although they took their time to secure a 4-1 win on Tyneside, they eventually did so in convincing style to exorcise the ghost of a terrible 90 minutes.
Under-fire United captain Harry Maguire headed in a 23rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Luke Shaw's second-minute own goal before Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford scored during the closing stages. "He showed good character, I am happy for him", said the Norwegian. Harry is a big player. When we've got the ball, he's so calm and we can control it with him. What happened against Tottenham can't happen again. This club deserves better than that.
"It was flawless after that defeat".
"It was important. Every game in the Premier League we want to be on top".
United continued to press, and in the 58th minute, the team got a penalty, but was unusually wasted by Bruno Fernandez and Newcastle goalkeeper Carlo Darlo saved it. The Red Devils then struggled to find the spark required to bag a second goal.
Solskjaer resisted calls to start Van de Beek following United's 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham prior to the worldwide break - the Dutch midfielder replacing Daniel James 14 minutes from the end at St James' Park.
"I think it's bad to be under fire but he has a great mentality".
Fernandes said: "It was a great goal, but Rashford did what we trained, overlap from me, come inside, little touch..."
The Newcastle coach Steve Bruce chose a formation of 4-1-4-1 as he kept Wilson as the only striker. There is a long way to go, we have to improve.
"We have a free-kick in the 85th-minute and Jonjo puts it in the box and we don't deal with it on the edge". "We have many good players and it's about taking your chances when you do get them". "Of course he scores a goal and leads by example".
"We can defend ourselves on the pitch, not on social media".