Rafa Benitez: Paul Pogba not at Steven Gerrard level

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While the Roy Keane take will be that they should not be celebrating a win over Newcastle in such a fashion, it's clear to see that most of this Manchester United team are good friends off the pitch.

Anthony Martial uploaded the following clip to his Instagram story after the game, as Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, and Paul Pogba danced and sang in celebration.

United's next Premier League game is against Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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A potential shock looked to be on the cards when Toon striker Dwight Gayle fired home in the 14th minute, but the response of Jose Mourinho's side was emphatic.

"But to be honest Newcastle was probably the team, not in the second-half, but in the first-half which come here and we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas, and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but because of our balance". But I keep that personal.

As Pogba was leaving the field, and applauding a sated Stretford End after 70 minutes, Lukaku hammered the ball in from six yards for United's final goal and his first in seven matches. Asked about his faster than expected recovery from injury, Ibrahimovic later compared himself to a lion.

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Pogba missed 12 games with a hamstring injury, a spell during which United have slipped eight points behind leaders Manchester City. I think there is a possibility for winning everything.

After a season interrupted by three global breaks so far, United now have games thick and fast - 14 in the six weeks before the end of 2017.

Manchester United are now on second position in the league with 8 points behind City. Teammates respect him as a player, but they also appreciate the light-heartedness and humour that he brings to the dressing room at a club which does not always appear at ease with itself.

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But then you play Newcastle United against Manchester United, so different levels and different teams.

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