Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney appeared to have rescued his side on Tuesday night, as a vintage effort stunned Newcastle United after they had battled back to 2-2.
The England international had given United the lead from the penalty spot after just nine minutes, but referee Mike Dean evened things out as he awarded a second spot-kick of the game to the hosts midway through the second half.
While Chris Smalling was undoubtedly guilty of having his arms around Mitrovic as the corner was delivered, the Newcastle striker did his own damage too as the England defender protested by desperately showing his ripped shirt.
However, Dean was uninterested and Mitrovic stepped up and sent his effort past David de Gea to level matters and raise the atmosphere at St. James’ Park with the hosts in the ascendency.
It didn’t last long though as despite the threat of a frantic finish, Rooney stepped up with 10 minutes remaining to send his superb striker past Rob Elliot to silence the home faithful with his second of the game.
For a side that has struggled to score goals this season, United will have delighted their supporters with their display as they look to make it three wins in their last three outings in all competitions.
However, while they seemingly found a solution to their goalscoring troubles, they were unable to keep their balance and defend as Paul Dummett hammered home an equaliser in the final minute of normal time.
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