Dwight Gayle may just have saved his Newcastle United career with goal against Manchester United

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle...

Newcastle United were said to be preparing to offload Dwight Gayle in the January transfer window.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle scores the third Newcastle goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest at St James' Park on December 30, 2016 in...

Dwight Gayle may have saved his Newcastle United with his goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford at the weekend.

Gayle has been overlooked throughout the campaign to date, with Joselu often favoured over the former Crystal Palace man.

And Gayle’s lack of opportunities led to the Daily Star suggesting that Newcastle were looking to cash in on the 27-year-old at the next available opportunity.

Gayle may just have proved why that would be a foolish idea though, with his goal against United.

Newcastle United's English forward Dwight Gayle (R) has a shot blocked by Bournemouth's Dutch defender Nathan Ake (L) during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle...

Gayle was handed a start against the Red Devils, alongside Joselu up-front, and he was a menace during the contest.

The clinical finisher showed his predatory instinct to sharply convert DeAndre Yedlin’s low cross in the opening stages of the match.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on...

Gayle’s strike actually gave Newcastle a lead at Old Trafford, but Rafael Benitez’s side were unable to hold on to claim a shock victory.

The goal may just have saved Gayle’s career at Newcastle, as he is surely in line for a run of games now.

And if Gayle can continue scoring in the coming weeks, any plans Benitez had to sell him in January will surely have to be scrapped.

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