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Hello, and welcome to today’s liveblog.

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Kick off for the games is at 5.30pm.

6Mins

It’s been a quiet enough opening.

Neither team has threatened, with Newcastle sitting back and inviting the hosts on.

9Mins

Valencia makes a great run down the right.

The cross finds Lukaku, who fails to hit the target with a first-time attempt.

16Mins

Out of nothing, Newcastle take the lead.

Yedlin crosses for Gayle to cross home.

A corner is half cleared, before Rashford fires the ball wide.

It looks set to be a difficult evening for United, with Newcastle pretty solid so far.

21Mins

Newcastle have loads of space as they break again.

However, Murphy’s weak shot is comfortably saved by De Gea.

Moments later, the same player fires just wide after an excellent through ball by Shelvey.

The Magpies look dangerous on the counter-attack.

25Mins

27Mins

Man United continue to dominate possession, but Newcastle look very solid.

Ciaran Clark has just headed a ball out of play.

As I type, Lukaku can’t quite properly connect with Lindelof’s ball in, and the Belgian striker heads the ball off target.

30Mins

It’s been a frustrating opening half hour for United.

They are really struggling to break down this stubborn Newcastle backline.

37Mins

Rob Elliot is down injured after falling awkwardly while catching the ball.

It looks like he’s going to be okay to continue though.

39Mins

Pogba beats Hayden down the right.

The Frenchman dinks it to the backpost, allowing Martial to rise above Yedlin and head powerfully home.

41Mins

Murphy gets a sight at goal from distance, but drags his shot wide.

Newcastle continue to pose a threat on the counter.

44Mins

Joselu almost heads Young’s cross into his own net, but it goes just over.

Man United have been much more of a threat in the second part of this first half.

47Mins

Lukaku wants a penalty after being dragged back by Clark in the box as he attempts to go for goal.

On BT Sport, Graham Poll says it should have been a penalty, though both players were surely guilty of wrestling with each other.

45Mins

An excellent cross from Young enables Smalling — who stayed up from a set piece — to head home at the backpost.

It’s a long way back for Newcastle now.

45Mins

Hayden forces a good save from De Gea after being played through, before Richie’s shot deflects wide off Gayle.

That’s a let off for United.

46Mins

The second half has begun…

50Mins

United seem to have switched to a 4-4-2 this half, with Rashford and Lukaku up top.

As I type, the strikers almost link up, but Elliot is alert to get to Rashford’s flick on ahead of Lukaku.

57Mins

Lukaku crosses for Rashford, who heads intelligently into Pogba’s path.

The French international makes no mistake with a finish from close range, and this game appears to be all over.

62Mins

Pogba has certainly made a huge difference on his return, with a goal and an assist so far.

United, meanwhile, have looked more potent since switching to a 4-4-2, with Rashford and Lukaku linking up well.

66Mins

Newcastle can’t keep the ball at the moment.

Probably just a matter of how many United win by now.

68Mins

Aarons replaces Richie for Newcastle.

It’s his first league appearance of the season.

69Mins

Zlatan Ibrahimovic starts warming up to cheers at Old Trafford.

As I type, Murphy’s shot from distance is tipped away by De Gea.

70Mins

Gayle is down following a poor, mistimed challenge by Smalling.

The England defender is booked as a result.

72Mins

United make a first change.

BT Sport’s man of the match Pogba, who has been excellent, is replaced by Fellaini

74Mins

Lukaku and Mata link up beautifully.

The Belgian international then blasts the finish home to break his goal duck.

76Mins

Newcastle make another change.

Joselu is replaced by Mitrovic.

79Mins

Ibrahimovic comes on to loud cheers.

He replaces Martial, who has had a good game.

79Mins

Newcastle make a final change.

Diame replaced Gayle.

85Mins

Shelvey has put an attempt just wide, as Newcastle go in search of a consolation.

Meanwhile, Herrera has replaced Mata in United’s final change.

91Mins

The game has hit a bit of a lull now.

Both sides know the match is all but over.

91Mins

Ibrahimovic goes close on his return.

His scissors kick is parried out by Elliot.

Right, that’s all from me.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

You can read our report of the game here.

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