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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! For a brief spell either side of half-time Newcastle United threatened to cause an upset at Old Trafford. But then reality hit home as the relegation-haunted Magpies wasted presentable opportunities and then switched off defensively. It is a horrific combination that usually results in the trapdoor lever being pressured enough to dump teams into the Championship - something Newcastle chiefs should know all about. They've changed managers with eight games to go and with 10 games to go in 2009 and 2016 respectively, and left it to late. With 13 games to go, relieving Steve Bruce of his duties would seem to be the obvious thing to do. Read More Related Articles Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle live - Fall-out from another defeat for Magpies Read More Related Articles Newcastle United fans love Jake Humphrey's Manchester United dig after goal at Old Trafford But will they? Mike Ashley is out of the country and the message from the owner was that unless Newcastle slip into the bottom three, Bruce stays on. Although, that was before Fulham started to chase down the gap. As the watching Sir Alex Ferguson would say: "It's squeaky bum time now." Make no mistake, in isolation, this wasn't a bad performance against a strong Man United side. Bruce is not, and never was, being judged on results against the top four in the Premier League. Indeed, it is results against those around them and below them that has resulted in Bruce and his team finding themselves in a relegation scrap. Had they done the business against the likes of Sheff United, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Leeds they would be safe now. There's no excuses though. Bruce has had time, money to spend and backing from the owners until now. Newcastle are limping along. And they are relying on Fulham blowing up - which doesn't look likely at the moment - as well as some conviction from Toon players in front of goal where and when it matters. Yet they did have their chances, and their moments. Newcastle made a positive opening to the game when Joelinton weaved into the box before being upended. Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United scores his team's third goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United A Toon corner on four minutes then caused problems as Man United struggled to clear before a Jonjo Shelvey ball into the box was pushed towards Joelinton on the edge of the box. The Brazilian struck the ball at the second attempt with David De Gea forced to tip it over the bar. Another opportunity came Newcastle's way after 10 minutes after De Gea's poor kick out fell for Joelinton, but rather than hitting it first time he rolled it to Joe Willock and Shelvey fired high over the bar. It was a moment that left Bruce with his head in his hands. But Almiron was the man who caused Man United a headache once again after chasing down Victor Lindelof and forcing De Gea into a rushed decision. A late challenge from Luke Shaw on Emile Kratfh left the Sweden international in a crumpled heap on the sideline on 18 minutes. But Shaw escaped punishment and the challenge sparked a row between the Newcastle bench and Man United skipper Harry Maguire who screamed: "You are allowed to tackle!" Almiron had another try from long distance when striking a left-footed shot at goal which De Gea gathered comfortably. The Magpies slipped behind after half an hour as England star Marcus Rashford decided to have a run at Krafth before nutmegging the full-back and lashing past Karl Darlow at his near post. But the response by Newcastle was good. First Allan-Saint Maximin whipped a powerful shot at De Gea which he flicked over on 35 minutes.
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. Maguire could only head it straight to the path of Saint-Maximi who served up a smart side-footed finish beat the goalkeeper to make it 1-1. Shortly after the leveller, Isaac Hayden and Bruno Fernandes squared up to each other and were booked for their trouble. Bruce's side finished the second half on top but the sides went in tied at the break. It was the visitors who emerged after the interval looking like the stronger side again as Newcastle created a couple of chances. First, Shelvey poised himself but could only lash into the empty Stretford End. Then on 50 minutes, a poor headed clearance fell to Saint-Maximin but he struck it hard and low into the body of De Gea. Bruce was forced into a change on 55 minutes as Joelinton went of with a suspected back injury and was replaced by Ryan Fraser.
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However, just when it looked like Newcastle were on top they were hit by a sucker punch. The damage was caused down the left before Nemanja Matic rolled it across the danger area and Fernandes flicked into the path of unmarked Daniel James before he drilled home on 57 minutes. On the hour mark, Anthony Martial struck a powerful shot at Darlow but he was able to parry away. Suddenly from a position where Newcastle were testing the Red Devils' goal at will, they were almost out of the contest. The yellow-clad visitors recomposed themselves ad on 67 minutes Fraser rolled a shot at De Gea again but once more he was equal to it. A Fernandes header from a corner spun wide with 71 minutes on the clock as Man United tried to seal the points. Yet Fernandes was celebrating three minutes later after Willock's poor challenge on Rashford. That left the stage all set for the Portugal ace to step up and roll it past Darlow to make it 3-1. The response from the bench was to throw on Jacob Murphy who replaced Saint-Maximin for the final 14 minutes. Dwight Gayle followed a few minutes later and replaced the hard working Almiron as Newcastle the game. As Almiron left the field their hopes of an unlikely comeback went with him. Man United almost added a fourth when Maguire towered above the defence from a corner to beat Ciaran Clark but Darlow tipped the ball away. Seconds later, Maguire headed wide from the resultant corner and the game started to have spats of a visiting team that had given up. Bruce left the field with his face burning. Is the game up? It's starting to feel that way, but Bruce may yet get another chance at home to Wolves next Saturday.
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