United returned to league action with a comfortable 3-0 triumph against Newcastle, thanks to goals from Andreas Pereira, James Wilson and Kenji Gorre.
Wilson, who hit five goals in the 7-1 win in the reverse fixture on Tyneside, was again the chief threat to the Magpies' defence and almost netted inside three minutes. Freddie Woodman managed to get an outstretched boot to the striker's shot to toe it away from danger but the keeper was soon picking the ball out of the net. Mats Daehli skipped past a couple of defenders before rolling the ball to Pereira, who worked space to rifle a low drive beyond Woodman for the opener.
Ben Pearson's sublime pass allowed Wilson to see another attempt deflect just off target and Donald Love also had the side-netting rippling with a long-range shot. With United in control and Daehli, in particular, an absolute joy to watch, Jack Rudge and Pereira screwed efforts wide with Newcastle struggling to keep the hosts at bay.
Pereira was desperately unlucky not to double his tally when another of his trademark free-kicks struck both the bar and an upright with Woodman beaten all ends up. Meanwhile, Love continued to impress at right-back and he had a cross headed powerfully over the top by Rudge before chipping through towards Wilson with 38 minutes gone. The lone forward chested the ball into his stride, took a touch to advance past Woodman, and slotted in with his right foot for another strike that demonstrated real quality.
Wilson misjudged his header from a cross by Louis Rowley as half time approached and the pattern of the game initially remained the same after the restart with the Reds dominating and stretching the Newcastle defence with a series of probing passes.
However, the visitors began to ask some questions of their own in an attacking sense and almost pulled one back when Rudge cleared an Alex Gilliead header off the line and Pierluigi Gollini kept out Steven Logan's follow-up. Gollini also had to make a brave stop to halt Gilliead's charge forward as Paul McGuinness' side stood firm.
Rowley was unable to finish off a Love pass and there was a remarkable escape for the Tynesiders when great industry and unselfishness by Pereira carved out the simplest of chances for substitute Gorre but Lee Desmond somehow managed to chest off the line from point-blank range when a third goal