RB Leipzig held off a dramatic late fightback from Manchester United at the Red Bull Arena to win 3-2 and qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League at their opponents' expense.

United won the reverse fixture 5-0 in October and only needed a point on Tuesday to advance from a tight Group H but found themselves two goals down inside 13 minutes.

Manchester City loanee Angelino fired in an early opener for Leipzig and then set up Amadou Haidara as the hosts took apart United's five-man defence with ease.

Justin Kluivert added a third but Bruno Fernandes' penalty and substitute Paul Pogba's header 135 seconds later – credited as a Harry Maguire goal – gave the visitors hope.

But last season's semi-finalists Leipzig held on to move a point above their opponents and progress, with Paris Saint-Germain – whose game with Istanbul Basaksehir was halted due to allegations of racist remarks by the fourth official – also now set to qualify.

Gareth Southgate will not set strict boundaries when it comes to team discipline but the England boss expects his players to be "reliable" and "good ambassadors".

Harry Maguire, Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have all been involved in high-profile incidents in recent months that led to them being dropped from Three Lions duty. 

A breach of coronavirus isolation rules while in Iceland proved costly for Manchester City playmaker Foden and Manchester United forward Greenwood in September. 

The pair appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the women they were said to be socialising with at England's team hotel in Iceland, a meeting then forbidden under the country's strict rules in response to COVID-19.

Both were sent home and missed a subsequent game against Denmark, although Foden was recalled for England's matches against Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland last month. 

Maguire was also in the headlines for the wrong reasons in August after he was arrested while on holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos.

The 27-year-old – who was originally selected, then dropped from the October internationals – is appealing a suspended prison sentence after he was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery.

While Southgate is not prepared to lay down strict rules for his players, he does expect them to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. 

"I would think every club is going to want to minimise the issues," he told a media conference. 

"On a broader level, I mentioned the responsibilities of being an England player. That shows the change of landscape for any players involved with us. 

"We want the country to connect with the team, be proud of the team and that they are good ambassadors for everything we are trying to do. 

"Reliability is part of our criteria. I'm not going to say this is the line, and anyone who crosses it we don't consider, but we're always observing how professional they are and how they will be if they are away with us for 35-40 days. All of that has to come into our thinking."

Southgate was speaking after England were drawn against Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in Group I for 2022 World Cup qualifying. 

That means a meeting with Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who has started the season in scintillating form for Bayern Munich.

After 55 goals across all competitions last term for the Bundesliga and Champions League winners, Lewandowski has already plundered 15 goals this campaign. 

Southgate is an admirer of the 32-year-old and says his defenders will relish the opportunity to try and shackle one of the world's best strikers. 

"He's an incredible finisher," Southgate added. "I love the way he plays. He's got an excellent all-round game, protecting the ball, bringing others into play. All different types of finishes. 

"He's a huge talisman for Poland. It's a great challenge for our defenders to come up against centre-forwards like that.

"In the modern game, there are not so many number nines, but Lewandowski is absolutely in that mould."

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire thinks their "great belief and character" will see them through Tuesday's decisive game with RB Leipzig and into the Champions League knockouts.

After losing 3-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain on matchday five, United know a point in Germany will be enough to seal their place in the last 16, while they could still finish top of Group H if PSG do not beat Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Red Devils thrashed Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford but know they will face a stern test against Julian Nagelsmann's side, who drew 3-3 with European champions Bayern Munich last weekend.

United have been in exceptional form on their travels, winning a club-record eight in a row in the Premier League, including at West Ham on Saturday when they fought from 1-0 down to win 3-1.

Still, United have lost each of their previous two away games to German opposition in the Champions League and have fallen behind in six of their past eight away matches in all competitions, a fact that highlights both their inability to take control of matches and their mental resolve.

Maguire has noticed an improvement in their mentality in his time at the club and is determined to go to Leipzig and prove it, even as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is without injured forwards Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial.

"We want to win the game. We're not going to sit back," he said. "We went into the PSG game and on another day could have won it. We created three or four very good chances to win that game. It wasn't to be and we take ourselves into the final game of the group.

"As players, we feel that progression. From when I first joined the club I feel it's been steady but we're working up a ladder and we keep improving. We're getting that consistency in games more, the belief that we can go and win games is a lot better than when I first joined.

"I believe we're always going to score goals and create chances, we have so much talent and goalscorers in the team. When we go 1-0 down, to come back shows great belief and character, but it's important we don't make mistakes to concede another goal. We have to give our forwards the best opportunity to go and win games."

Maguire pointed to the final day of last season's Premier League, when United won 2-0 at Leicester City to seal Champions League qualification, as proof they can produce when it matters most.

"I joined this club to play in the biggest games possible. Your big players step up in the biggest games so for sure I think that's a statement we've shown over the years that the big players step up in the big games," he said.

"Similar to Leicester last season when we had to get a result to reach the Champions League – we managed to do that, so we will take confidence from that, we feel ready and prepared and we're looking forward to it.

"As a group of players we fully expect to get out of the group. It's the last game, we're in a good position, we're confident and we look forward to the game. The one thing we can do is look after the performance and normally the performance looks after the result."

Manager Solskjaer, meanwhile, believes it is in keeping with United's history to have reached the final matchday knowing their fate is not yet secure.

"They're Man United players because they have qualities we've looked for," he said. "I'm sure [Tuesday] will prove that's the reason why they're here. They'll show it.

"The character of the group is getting better and better and we're looking forward to the game.

"It's something we want, games like this. It's a tradition for Man United. We never make it easy for ourselves. We look at the game against Istanbul [Basaksehir], where we could have taken three points, but that's just the way we do things.

"We do make it hard for ourselves, that's been the case since I played and that's a long, long time ago."

Harry Maguire claimed Manchester United's belief that they can fight back from behind to win away games shows confidence is high at the club.

United have found themselves trailing in all four of their games on the road in the Premier League this season, against Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton.

However, the Red Devils have battled back to win take three points from each match and the 12 collected from those games is more from losing positions in this campaign than any other Premier League team have accrued.

It has been in stark contrast to their home league form – one win, a draw and three defeats – which has seen increased scrutiny on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United head to West Ham on Saturday on the back of another Old Trafford loss – against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – but captain Maguire revealed morale is good in the squad despite the setback.

"Our home form hasn't been good enough, but our away form has been really good. We've shown great spirit," Maguire told United's official website.

"It's an amazing away run we've been on. We've been losing in all four away matches [we have won this season], which is an incredible stat.

"It shows the spirit and the character in the group. We never give in and always fight to the end and we’ve scored some late winners."

West Ham have won their last two Premier League home games against United, but they have not won three in a row at home against the Red Devils in the top-flight since a run of four between January 1974 and December 1977.

After a run of 11 wins and one draw in 12 Premier League games against the Hammers between 2008 and 2014, United have won just three of their last 11 against the Hammers in the competition (drawn five, lost three).

United centre-back Maguire added: "Our confidence is high, even after a defeat to PSG, where we felt like the performance was there but the game was decided on fine margins.

"We know it's going to be a tough game but we go there trying to get the three points. Every game we play, we have a great incentive to go and win. We're confident.

"The home form hasn't been great and we need to improve on that but now it's another game where we try and get three points and that's what we'll look at it as."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue missed opportunities as Manchester United failed to take the chance to book their place in the Champions League last 16.

Two goals from Neymar either side of Marquinhos' third Champions League goal since the competition resumed in August handed Paris Saint-Germain a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

In a thrilling contest, Marcus Rashford had cancelled out Neymar's opener, with the forward scoring for a third straight Champions League match against PSG, becoming only the second Englishman to net six goals in a group-stage campaign, behind Tottenham star Harry Kane.

Rashford's strike, which took a wicked deflection off Danilo Pereira, was one of 12 attempts United managed in total – one less than PSG's tally – though the hosts could only get five on target.

Anthony Martial was guilty of a glaring miss early in the second half before PSG's record goalscorer Edinson Cavani struck the crossbar against his former club.

Fred should have been sent off in the first half, though his second booking just after Marquinhos had made it 2-1 to PSG saw United reduced to 10 men.

With United's comeback hopes severely dented, Paul Pogba lashed a volley just over before Bruno Fernandes saw a header saved by Keylor Navas.

Then Neymar – who registered three of PSG's six attempts on target and created four chances – swept in his second in stoppage time.

It means United head into the final matchday needing at least a point against RB Leipzig to progress from Group H, while the away side has won all four Champions League matches between the Red Devils and PSG.

"It was a very good game of football, it deserved fans. When you saw the teamsheets, you thought there'd be goals in this game," Solskjaer told BT Sport.

"Chances for both teams – of course, with a bit more clinical finishing, we should have finished the game halfway through the second half.

"We had some big chances, big moments. That's the difference when you get to the big games, the clinical moments. Games are always decided at either end.

"In games like this, if Marquinhos had bigger studs on he would have been offside, that's a marginal decision as well. Sometimes you can't really put your finger on it. They were the better team, because they scored, but I thought both teams played really well."

While Solskjaer lamented his side's finishing, he acknowledged United were fortunate not to have Fred sent off earlier.

Fred, who conceded four fouls in total, clashed with Leandro Paredes midway through the first half and appeared to headbutt the PSG midfielder.

Referee Daniele Orsato checked the replays on the pitch-side monitor, yet bizarrely decided to only book Fred, who did later receive his marching orders for what many felt was a fair challenge on ex-United team-mate Ander Herrera.

"Fred shouldn't put his head towards him. I don't think he touched him, but he shouldn't do that, so he's a bit lucky, it's either nothing or a red card," Solskjaer added. "I thought maybe he was a bit lucky to stay on."

It was a sentiment echoed by United captain Harry Maguire, who told BT Sport: "I haven't seen [the headbutt incident] back.

"It's strange how he gave a yellow card – it’s either nothing or a red card, I presume. For sure in the second half, it wasn't a yellow card. He's won the ball.

"I can see it two yards away, the linesman is five yards away and the referee is close to it as well."

England warmed up for their upcoming Nations League double-header by cruising to a 3-0 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho were on target in the first half of Thursday's encounter, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin's emphatic penalty completing a routine outing after the break.

Manager Gareth Southgate will now have plenty to think about after a strong showing from a number of England's fringe players prior to matches with Belgium and Iceland.

The visitors' hopes of earning a first ever Wembley win were dealt a blow when John Egan was forced off early on after taking a bang to the head.

Ireland probed with a couple of dangerous low crosses but England hit the front from a corner that resulted from Darren Randolph saving smartly from Bukayo Saka following an initial poor punch.

Harry Winks picked up the first clearance and stood up a cross for Maguire to power home with his head.

Calvert-Lewin then went close at the end of a slick move and Randolph saved from Maguire before the lively Jack Grealish fed Sancho, who lashed home England's second through the legs of Jeff Hendrick.

England picked up where they left off in the second half, pressing Ireland high before Saka was tripped in the box by Cyrus Christie.

And Calvert-Lewin made no mistake from the spot, hammering the ball into the top corner for the second goal of his short international career.

With the hosts in complete control late on, Southgate introduced Jude Bellingham from the bench, making him the third youngest England player of all-time.


What does it mean? Southgate given headache

The wisdom of playing these international friendlies has been questioned in recent weeks, but there is no doubt that Southgate learned more about the depth at his disposal this evening.

There is nothing better for a manager than to see fringe players stepping up in the absence of key men and that is exactly what happened for England here. Southgate is facing a very welcome headache.

Grealish makes case once again

It once felt like there was nothing Grealish could do to get into the England squad, but just two caps in he already looks a dead cert for inclusion in the Euros squad next summer. 

The Aston Villa man was influential again here, taking 50 touches, completing 88.9% of passes in the opposition half, and making two key passes - including the assist for Sancho's goal.

Idah isolated up top

Starting up front for the visitors at Wembley, Adam Idah would have hoped to make much more of an impact before his withdrawal in the 71st minute.

The 19-year-old touched the ball just 18 times, and won only one of his five duels.

What's next?

England travel to Belgium for a Nations League fixture on Sunday, while Ireland's next outing in the same competition sees them face Wales away from home.

Harry Maguire's dominant display in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Everton drew praise from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who also lauded Fred and Scott McTominay's midfield partnership.

United bounced back from successive defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir by claiming a vital win at Goodison Park, relieving some of the mounting pressure on Solskjaer.

Bernard put Everton ahead, but a quickfire double from Bruno Fernandes turned matters around before the break.

Everton toiled for an equaliser in the second half, but the contest was settled in added time when Fernandes, who has now been involved in a Premier League record 15 goals (10 scored, five assisted) in his first 10 away games in the competition, teed up Edinson Cavani for his maiden United goal.

MAGUIRE LEADS UNITED DEFENCE

While Fernandes made United's attack tick, captain Maguire put in an excellent performance at the other end, standing firm against the league's joint-leading scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Maguire was dominant in the air as Everton – still shorn of the suspended Richarlison – attempted to pick out their often-isolated forward, with the England defender making one tackle, one interception and seven clearances, the most he has managed in a league match this term.

After a difficult start to the season for Maguire, it was a display which delighted Solskjaer, who told a news conference: "I thought Harry's performance was top, of course.

"Against for me one of the best in the world for aerial play – Calvert-Lewin, with his timing in the air, his jump, his spring, his athleticism.

"I thought we defended very well against him. Really pleased with Harry, and the rest of them back there." 

Having used a midfield diamond in United's defeat to Arsenal last Sunday, Solskjaer switched to a 4-2-3-1, with Fred and McTominay in a double-pivot.

The duo excelled, attempting a combined 112 passes and making three tackles between them, with McTominay also intercepting two passes – a game-high.

Fred had the most passing attempts (63) and completed passes (57) of any United player, with his 90.5 per cent success rate the best among their starters.

"Scott and Fred have done brilliant together, they're a great partnership," said Solskjaer, who left Paul Pogba on the bench until the 82nd minute.

"Of course, they didn't play during the week, Scott played 45 minutes in Turkey, but you can see they had fresh legs. 

"We had Bruno and he scored his goals, but Scott and Fred, with that energy, in that engine room, they're always key for us so our creative players can go on and create chances, show their magic.

"They're so disciplined and I'm very pleased with the two of them."

TOFFEES COME UNSTUCK YET AGAIN

While Solskjaer revelled in a much-improved performance, Ancelotti was left to reflect on a third straight league reverse.

November 2006, at Milan, was the last time Ancelotti endured such a run, while Everton have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five league games.

"The problem was that after we scored we were not able to defend well, and they took advantage," Ancelotti told BT Sport.

"They were able to score easily. We said before the game we had to defend better and we did not defend good enough. We were slow at the back, we have to improve.

"I hope that after the international break we will back in a different shape. It is not only a problem of the defenders, it is all of the team.

"I know how to manage difficulties, every year you have them. We can start again after the break, we are really bad at the moment but we started well."

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Paul Pogba's recent form, reminding his critics that the Frenchman has had to contend with injuries and coronavirus in recent months. 

United have endured a particularly unimpressive start to the 2020-21 Premier League season, accumulating just seven points from six matches. 

They have been especially poor at home domestically, losing to Crystal Palace, Tottenham and most recently Arsenal, while Chelsea held them to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. 

It's the first time since 1972-73 that United have failed to win any of their opening four top-flight home games, the 1-0 loss on Sunday ending a 14-year unbeaten run over Arsenal in Manchester. 

Pogba accepted responsibility for that defeat after he clumsily tripped Hector Bellerin in the box as the Spaniard actually headed away from goal. 

The criticism of United has been unrelenting since, but the scrutiny of Pogba goes back further having arguably failed to enjoy a single standout match this term. Solskjaer, however, has sympathy with the midfielder. 

"Paul knows with that exact incident he could have done better," Solskjaer said ahead of Wednesday's Champions League trip to Istanbul Basaksehir. "He's held his hand up. That's how football is - it's high intensity, high tempo.

"Every player is frustrated, himself too, after a defeat. We need consistency from every one of our players. 

"Paul has been going through a difficult period with injury last season, with coronavirus this season, so I think we have seen plenty of positives recently and hopefully it will continue." 

Former United captain Roy Keane was one of the club's most vocal critics at the weekend in his role as a television pundit, slamming the team for a perceived lack of character and leaders. 

Current skipper Harry Maguire was one of those in the firing line but insists the players take no notice. 

"I haven't seen his comments but we don't bring the negativity into the place, we stay positive and I can for sure say that there's a lot of leaders in this squad, staff and players," he said. 

Solskjaer, a former colleague of Keane, added: "Well, Roy has always been outspoken. I'm very glad with the players I have here. 

"We have different jobs, his is to give his opinion. I always listen to Roy, but we move on with a strong group of players and I'm sure we'll improve." 

United head to Istanbul having taken a maximum six points from their first two Group H matches with commendable wins over Paris Saint-Germain – 2-1 in France – and last week's brilliant 5-0 demolition of RB Leipzig. 

Basaksehir have lost both matches in their European campaign and their Turkish title defence is not going to plan either; they sit seventh after seven games, though have won each of their previous three league matches.

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand questioned Harry Maguire's captaincy credentials following his comments after the club's Premier League loss to Arsenal.

Maguire felt United were complacent in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal, after the Red Devils had humbled last season's Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig 5-0 last week, having also upstaged runners-up Paris Saint-Germain in Group H.

United – who languish 15th in the league table – have collected just seven points from their six Premier League games this season, the team's lowest tally at this stage since David Moyes' short stint at the helm in 2013-14, while they are now winless in their past six league home games.

As a result of the defeat, United have failed to win any of their opening four top-flight games at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972-73, a campaign in which they finished 18th.

Ferdinand – a six-time Premier League champion and Champions League winner with United – called for skipper Maguire to show more leadership at Old Trafford.

"We're lacking confidence in certain areas. We gained a bit of confidence in midweek but do they get too overconfident?" he said via the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel.

"I saw Harry Maguire and a couple of his comments after the game saying maybe they were patting each other on the back too much. Get a hold of that team - he's the captain.

"I hope he's getting in there and getting round people and telling people 'listen, we aren't the finished article, we've got loads to do, there is more from us to come, pull your socks up'.

"I don't know if that's going on. The captain of Man Utd. There's always been leaders in that changing room who would be going round and drilling people, either one-to-one or in front of the group. Pulling people aside, having little conversations to get people up, to make sure they stay on their game.

"I remember Nani, I didn't chat to him really, it was two or three words, 'assists and goals' or 'shoot on sight'. Boom, that's it. It doesn't need an essay of words. Sometimes it's short and sharp, punchy little things.

"Are these conversations going on? It isn't just for the management to deal with that, sometimes the players in that dressing room need to stand up and put it on people."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United travel to Istanbul Basaksehir for Wednesday's Champions League fixture.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire believes the Red Devils were complacent in their 1-0 loss to Premier League rivals Arsenal.

United's Premier League woes continued after succumbing to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 69th-minute penalty at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United humbled last season's Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig 5-0 midweek but were off the pace against Arsenal.

United – who languish 15th in the table – have collected just seven points from their six Premier League games this season, the club's lowest tally at this stage since David Moyes' short stint at the helm in 2013-14, while they are now winless in their past six league home games.

Reflecting on United's third defeat of the Premier League season, Maguire told Sky Sports: "It is hard to put a finger on it. We didn't start the game well, gave the ball away far too much in the first half.

"We can't find excuses so we just have to look within. We were not at it from the start. I don't think the concentration was there in the first half, in terms of the cleanness of the passing. Maybe we were a bit complacent [after the Leipzig win], everybody was patting us on the back.

"But you win and you lose, and you have got to stay level-headed, it is a long old season. I can't put my finger on it. We will analyse it this week. We have another big game on Wednesday [in Istanbul] and we have to move on quickly and we have to improve."

As a result of the defeat, United have failed to win any of their opening four top-flight games at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972-73, a campaign in which they finished 18th.

It was also the first time United have lost at home to Arsenal in the league since September 2006.

Looking ahead to Wednesday's Champions League trip to Istanbul Basaksehir before travelling to Everton three days later, Maguire added: "It was a cagey game. A game of few chances. They had probably one or two chances, a bit more than us. We needed to do more, we needed to create more.

"It was important to start the game well and we didn't start the game well enough. We just gave the ball away too much. If you play any Premier League game and you give the ball away as much as we did, especially in that first half, you are not going to win games of football.

"It is not good enough. We have to work hard tomorrow in training and improve."

Harry Maguire is pleased with the defensive improvements made by Manchester United on the back of their 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham this month.

United suffered their joint-heaviest defeat in the Premier League as they lost by a five-goal margin for the fourth time, and the first since October 2011 against Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are unbeaten in four matches since then, though, keeping back-to-back clean sheets against Chelsea and RB Leipzig after winning away at Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain.

Maguire, who has played every minute in the Premier League this season, admits his side were at "crisis" point after conceding 12 goals in their first three matches.

"After Tottenham, we were all devastated," he told the club's official website. "We were three games into the season but it felt like we were in a big crisis.

"It was quite a strange feeling, but we don't expect to lose games at Old Trafford - and we definitely don't expect to lose games like we did.

"The first three games we were conceding far too many chances, so as a defensive unit, having kept the most clean sheets in Europe last year, we knew we had to improve, we had to be more solid."

United faced 54 shots in their opening three top-flight matches - 18 of those on target - which is more than any other side over the same period, West Brom being the next worst with 52.

However, Solskjaer's men have faced 13 shots in their past two outings - a tally bettered only by Brighton and Hove Albion (10) - which captain Maguire puts down to hard work behind the scenes.

"I think since the international break we have gone back to not conceding chances, as was the case last year," he said. "We were a solid unit then and we played from a solid base.

"It has been really important - as a defender especially - to make sure that we give the front lads every opportunity to go and win the game.

"They score one, two, three goals, it should end up in a win and we're doing that at the moment.

"It's a start. It's still early on this season. It is going to be a long journey but we've got to improve. We know that and we are doing so at the minute, but there's a long way to go."

Manchester United will be without captain Harry Maguire and new signing Edinson Cavani for the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. 

Maguire, whose form has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks, sustained a minor injury in United's 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle United on Saturday, a game in which he scored his first goal of the season. 

Cavani, meanwhile, misses the opportunity to make his Red Devils debut against the club he left at the end of the 2019-20 season. 

The Uruguayan trained with United on Sunday for the first time after quarantining for two weeks upon his arrival from France, following United Kingdom government guidelines relating to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, says the 33-year-old needs a few more days' training and could be in contention to make his United bow against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mason Greenwood, Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard have also been left out of United's squad for the trip to Paris.

Bruno Fernandes heaped praise on "big player" Harry Maguire after the under-fire defender responded to criticism by scoring in Manchester United's 4-1 Premier League victory at Newcastle United.

Maguire entered Saturday's showdown under the microscope and his position in question following a red card for England during their Nations League loss to Denmark during the week.

But the world's most expensive centre-back bounced back amid his struggles for club and country at St James' Park, where he headed in a 23rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Luke Shaw's second-minute own goal before Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford scored during the closing stages.

Fernandes, who missed a penalty, hailed Maguire in the midst of external and social media noise, which came to a head during the previous transfer window as fans demanded new signings.

"We are happy for Harry. Harry is a big player. He is playing for the one of the biggest teams in the world, he is captain of one of the biggest teams in the world and he plays for a big national team," Fernandes – directly involved in 19 goals in his 18 Premier League appearances, scoring in each of his last three matches – told MUTV.

"I think it's bad to be under fire but he has a great mentality. He needs to keep doing what he did today, not about the goal he scored because it's not what he has to do but defending like he has to do and giving us the chance up front to be secure when we lose the ball. We have a great defence with him and the guys who played today and the others who were on the bench or at home.

"Everyone is talking about we need a defender, midfielder, a striker, a winger, it's easier talking from outside saying we need everything without being on the pitch. I think, us, we need to look for each other, help each other and be positive as a team.

"We can defend ourselves on the pitch, not on social media. It was important for me to talk in that moment after the national team, I have no problem talking openly about nothing. The most important thing was the response we gave on the pitch."

United also responded collectively from their 6-1 humbling at the hands of Jose Mourinho's Tottenham prior to the international break.

The Red Devils had lost two of their opening three Premier League fixtures before enjoying their 10th comeback win against Newcastle in England's top flight – the most by any side against a single opponent in the competition, per Opta.

"I think the team has big characters and big players," Portugal international Fernandes, who missed his first penalty for United in what was his 11th spot-kick taken since joining from Sporting CP in January, added.

"What happened against Tottenham can't happen again. We play for such a big club and such a big team. This club deserves better than that. Everyone needs to be better, starting with me, I need to look at myself first and then at what the group needs to do better.

"Today it was perfect, after that defeat. I think we need to continue improving, don’t concede goals, as I said before, and keep scoring."

United are 14th in the Premier League table through four games, seven points adrift of leaders Everton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United will open their Champions League campaign at last season's finalists Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed a new dawn in Manchester United's 2020-21 campaign after they accelerated away from Newcastle United in the closing stages at St James' Park on Saturday.

United had been thrashed 6-1 at home by Tottenham in their previous match before the international break and looked set for another testing outing when Luke Shaw's own goal gave Newcastle a second-minute lead.

However, the Red Devils responded impressively to win 4-1, with Harry Maguire's equaliser followed by late goals from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford, even allowing for the scorer of the second to miss a penalty.

Solskjaer was delighted with his team's character as they now look to build on this result and picked out Maguire - under-fire after poor performances with club and country - for special praise.

"It's a great result and great character to come back, led by a very inspirational captain," Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

"The boys came together really well. They are looking forward to every game. Today I rested a few and they have come on and done the business for us.

"Harry scored and leads by example. He showed good character, I am happy for him. He had a couple of difficult weeks since he last played for us.

"The season started for us today. We have come up to the speed of the game and that showed today."

With Paris Saint-Germain to come on Tuesday, a United team already weakened by the enforced absences of Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani saw some big names start on the bench.

Paul Pogba was chief among them and was joined by Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles - two new signings - while Mason Greenwood did not even make the 18.

Solskjaer revealed Pogba was restricted to a role as a second-half substitute partly due to fitness complaints while away with France.

"Paul had hip and back problems when he was away with France, so it wasn't right to start him," the manager explained after bringing on both the World Cup winner and Van de Beek with the game still level.

"We have got big games coming up. Everyone has to perform when they come on. I am delighted for him."

Harry Maguire insisted there was no "big crisis" at Manchester United despite their poor start to the season as they bounced back to beat Newcastle United 4-1 at St James' Park.

United headed into the international break at a low ebb after suffering a 6-1 home humiliation at the hands of Tottenham - a second defeat in their opening three Premier League games this term.

But after a fortnight away - in which time Maguire's form was again placed under the microscope amid an England red card - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side responded in Saturday's match.

They trailed to Luke Shaw's dismal second-minute own goal, yet Maguire headed in the equaliser and United's patience finally paid in the closing stages.

Dominant for much of the match but still level after Bruno Fernandes saw a penalty saved, Solskjaer's men finally got their breakthrough as the Portugal midfielder made amends and then both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford got in on the act.

Maguire was delighted with the reaction from his team but dismissed the crisis talk, telling Sky Sports: "I wouldn't say we have answered [the critics].

"It's funny, three games into the season and it seems like a big crisis. Won two, lost two. There is a long way to go, we have to improve.

"When you play for this club and get beat at home, we ask questions. We work hard in training - it is a great group - and we knew we had to bounce back.

"I felt it would have been really harsh if we came away with just a point. It is a fully deserved win.

"It was important. Every game in the Premier League, we want to be on top. Some games we will not be at our best but we have to do the basics well. In the games we lost, we didn't do the basics well.

"We knew we needed to get three points and we managed to do so. We've got a tough run coming up.

"We are still a young team, but we won't use that as an excuse. It was disappointing to start like we had, but it was a big performance tonight when we needed it."

Newcastle became the first opponents Maguire has scored twice against in the Premier League, having also netted for Leicester City, but team-mate Fernandes looked set to be frustrated for long periods.

The January signing had not missed any of his prior 10 penalties for United but could not beat Karl Darlow from 12 yards.

Fernandes made sure to get the Red Devils back on track himself, though, scoring in the 86th minute and also creating the fourth goal for Rashford with 96 minutes on the clock.

He told BBC's Match of the Day: "I already change [the penalty technique] sometimes. Today it didn't work.

"I need to do what is better for the game; today was not the right choice but it doesn't matter. I missed the penalty and have to keep improving in the next games."

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