Having played draws with Everton and West Brom, United had fallen 10 points adrift of leaders Manchester City but Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock at the half hour when he found the near post but Newcastle deservedly levelled after Allan Saint-Maximin’s half volley flashed beyond David de Gea six minutes later.
Dan James put the Reds back in front before Fernandes’ penalty with 15 minutes remaining settled matters.
Manchester United moved back into second place following the win while Newcastle stay in 17th, three points above the relegation zone.
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Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)
- Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (15 goals, 10 assists) is the third player within Europe’s top five leagues this season to reach double figures for both goals and assists in league matches, alongside Harry Kane (13 goals, 11 assists) and Thomas Muller (10 goals, 10 assists).
- Since losing three of their opening six games of the Premier League season, Manchester United have only lost one of their last 19 games in the competition (W12 D6).
- Newcastle have won just one of their last 36 away league games against Manchester United (D9 L26), winning 1-0 at Old Trafford back in December 2013.
- Manchester United have scored 53 goals in 25 games in the Premier League this term – their most at this stage of a top-flight campaign since the 2012-13 season (60), which was the last time they won the title.
- Newcastle 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.
- Marcus Rashford’s opener for Manchester United was his 40th goal in all competitions since the beginning of last season, with only Raheem Sterling (44), Harry Kane (45) and Mohamed Salah (47) managing more amongst all Premier League players.
West Ham 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Antonio and Lingard score as the Hammers win derby against Spurs
Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard both got on the scoresheet, scoring in each half as West Ham United survived a late fightback to rise to fourth with a 2-1 derby win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Antonio put West Ham ahead on five minutes, while Jesse Lingard, on loan from Manchester United doubled the lead just after half-time.
Lucas Moura halved the deficit for Tottenham after meeting a cross from gareth Bale with a near-post header.
Kane then dragged a shot inches wide before Bale and Son Heung-min both struck the woodwork as a Spurs side who had 68 per cent possession and 16 more shots in total were unable to salvage a point.
David Moyes’s first win over Jose Mourinho lifts West Ham above Chelsea on 45 points, two ahead of the Blues.
Spurs remain ninth, nine points behind but with a match in hand.