Manchester United put their Covid chaos behind them to sink Newcastle and return to second in the Premier League table.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left without his entire coaching staff on the sidelines following an outbreak of the pandemic within the team bubble that has forced those affected to isolate at home.
But it didn't stop United from running out 3-1 winners to pile the pain on Steve Bruce and his relegation threatened flops.
Marcus Rashford fired United ahead before Allan Saint-Maximin levelled for the visitors with his first goal for more than five months.
But second half strikes from Dan James and Bruno Fernandes killed off the Magpies and Solskjaer will be now hoping no more positive cases emerge within his first team squad this week.
Solskjaer insists United have to keep coping with whatever is thrown at them this season and he believes the title race is still alive.
He said: "We can't control any other team, we just have to focus on ourselves and be the best possible Manchester United every game.
"Things happen and there are many surprises in football."
"We've got good staff elsewhere. It was different preparation for this game, but in the situation we are in we have to be ready. We have to follow the protocols.
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"I'm never going to say its' done until it's done. It's about hanging in their, keeping working and doing our jobs. That's the only thing we can control and we have loads to play for."
Bruce remains adamant the Magpies won't go down and he said: "For 60 minutes we gave as good as we got. I am convinced we will be safe, there are six or seven teams looking over their shoulders.
“We need to win a few games. We have to get to that magical point mark – whatever it is."
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