Newcastle were able to hold on until late despite the Red Devils being the superior side at St James Park. However, three late goals from Manchester United resign Newcastle to defeat despite the heroics of Karl Darlow.
Newcastle came out unchanged after holding on to end the first half all square. However, Isaac Hayden lasted all of two minutes before going down with an apparent muscle injury. Bruce brought Fabian Schar on for Isaac.
Newcastle almost got another lead in the 50th minute. After some superb work by Allan Saint-Maximin down the left, he flicked in a cross from deep inside the box that Callum Wilson’s outstretched foot tapped towards goal. David de Gea made a spectacular diving save to keep the ball out.
Five minutes later, Marcus Rashford seemed to lose possession after driving into the box, but VAR did a belated review and recommended referee Craig Pawson take a look. It was a questionable reversal by Pawson as he awarded the penalty for a foul by Jamal Lewis.
However, super Karl Darlow righted the wrong with an outstanding save on the subsequent spot-kick by Bruno Fernandes. Darlow guessed correctly and dove right to swat the ball away and keep the game level.
Jonjo Shelvey had a blistering effort saved by de Gea after finding space just outside the box in the 69th minute. De Gea again was forced into a diving save as Newcastle started to ask more questions of Manchester United.
Bruce made his second change bringing Ryan Fraser on for Joelinton in the 72nd minute. Karl Darlow also needed treatment from an earlier collision with Marcus Rashford. The 30-year-old was visibly uncomfortable with an apparent groin problem.
Manchester United were lethal on a late break in the 86th minute and snatched the lead through Bruno Fernandes. Substitute Donny van de Beek won the ball deep and played Rashford on the break. The striker found an overlapping Fernandes on the left and he blasted a close shot past a helpless Karl Darlow.
Bruce immediately pulled Jeff Hendrick for Miguel Almiron but it was Manchester United who would find the next goal. Aaron Wan-Bissaka got his first Manchester United goal with a cracking shot from inside the box that Darlow could do nothing about.
The visitors added another with a long ball that freed Marcus Rashford for a one on one with Darlow. The striker’s shot got under Darlow to pile on the misery at St James Park.