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Newcastle find themselves deep in a battle to retain their Premier League status following another defeat.
Marcus Rashford, Dan James and Bruno Fernandes all scored as the Magpies were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The home side undeservedly took the lead when Rashford scored his 18th goal of the season by beating Karl Darlow at the near post on the half hour mark.
Allan Saint-Maximin did score an equaliser with his first goal since coming back from a two-month absence caused by coronavirus symptoms, slamming in after Harry Maguire failed to clear just six minutes after Newcastle had gone behind.
Despite a promising first 45, Newcastle labored in the second half and James scored shortly after the break before a Fernandes penalty sealed the Toon Army's fate with just 15 minutes remaining.
Bruce Still Optimistic
The result extended an unwanted record for Newcastle, who have lost each of their last 21 away games against opponents starting the day in the top three of the Premier League table, in a run dating back to February 2012.
Defeat for Steve Bruce at his old stomping ground leaves the 17th-placed Magpies perched just three points above resurgent Fulham.
Bruce said: "The first goal I'm sure we can defend better and for the second there's a deflection that takes it into the path of James. We're deflated but we can take a lot of positives. Allan had a good chance and I'm pleased with elements of our game.
"The fans don't want to see their team at the wrong end of the table and I understand that totally. We've got a unique fanbase who make us the club we are, but I'm still confident that we'll be fine."
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