Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s thought when Callum Wilson had huge chance for Newcastle vs Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thought Callum Wilson’s second-half effort was ‘going to go in’ before Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea made a superb save to prevent Newcastle United from retaking the lead.
The two teams went into the break level at 1-1 but for all the visitors’ dominance, it was the Magpies who came mightily close to going ahead again early in the second half.
Allan Saint-Maximin, who had been closed down by Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof, somehow found space to scoop the ball from the byline and pick out Callum Wilson.
The in-form Newcastle striker escaped the attention of Harry Maguire with his off the ball run and managed to get on the end of Saint-Maximin’s delivery but de Gea, somehow, kept out his effort from point-blank range and clawed the ball away.
Steve Bruce felt it was a ‘big turning point’ and Solskjaer was keen to pay tribute to his goalkeeper after his side’s 4-1 victory at St James’ Park.
“Fantastic,” the Manchester United boss told MUTV. “David does that – we’ve seen it so many times. I remember [the save against] Young Boys. It was one of those fantastic saves that you think, ‘That’s going to go in’. He’s just got them arms.”
It proved Newcastle’s only real chance of note in the second half and while Karl Darlow made a brilliant save to deny Bruno Fernandes from the spot before the hour mark, the visitors ended up scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford all got on the score sheet as Newcastle conceded four goals at home in the Premier League for the first time in six-and-a-half years.
“The more chances you create, the more pressure I felt that we were building,” Solskjaer added. “It would come and it was just about looking for the extra pass and maybe not to finish too early.
“Don’t panic, don’t rush it, and we spoke about this at half-time. Five minutes before full-time, that’s plenty of time.”