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Newcastle Utd 0 Manchester Utd 3

United gained some sort of revenge for the 3-0 reverse, at St James Park, last year by inflicting a similar defeat on Newcastle this afternoon.

Starting without a recognised winger in the eleven and playing something akin to a diamond shape in midfield with Rooney playing behind Welbeck and Van Persie, United got off to a wonderful start.

Quicker out of the blocks than our hosts, United found themselves leading 2-0 after fifteen minutes, with both goals coming from set-pieces from unexpected sources.

The first, on eight minutes, saw Jonny Evans make a jinking run to bamboozle the Newcastle defence, to head powerfully home from a well taken corner. The second, seven minutes later, saw Patrice Evra do something similar and head past Harper, in the Newcastle goal.

United could have extended their lead thanks to some comical keeping from Harper. Trying to dribble the ball out of defence, Harper was robbed by Welbeck but his resulting shot went well wide.

Slowly though, Newcastle got back into the game and pushed United back. Gutierrez saw a shot from the edge of the area flash wide, whilst Demba Ba smashed a shot over the bar from a well worked corner.

Other efforts saw Cabaye shoot over after a neat back-heel from Ba whilst Gutierrez saw a shot deflected wide. In the three minutes of stoppage time, Cisse headed wide with Evra blatantly pulling his shirt as he tried to escape his marker, something missed by Howard Webb.

In a feisty first half, United had Kagawa, Van Persie and Ferdinand all booked.

Half Time - Newcastle 0 United 2

Our hosts started the second half well and almost reduced the arrears when five minutes into the half the ball came back off the bar and Cisse was foiled in his attempt to turn the rebound home when Ge Dea scooped the ball clear off of the line.

Newcastle continued to threaten and a Ba header, from a Cabaye assist went just wide. Sir Alex Ferguson, as the hour mark approached, shuffled his pack taking off Kagawa and bringing on Valencia.

United were soon on the attack and Cleverley could have done better than fire over the bar from a Welbeck lay-off. Harper was forced into action pulling off a save from a low shot by Rooney before, for our hosts, Ben Arfa drilled a shot just wide from outside the area.

But with 71 minutes played United made the game safe when Tom Cleverley directed a cross-cum-shot towards the far post and it beat Harper all ends up, it was Cleverley`s first league goal for United.

Sir Alex took the sting out of the game by bringing on Scholes and Giggs for Rooney and Van Persie and the only late effort saw Ba unleash a low shot that was saved by De Gea.

As for second half yellow cards, Scholes received a very late one for a rash challenge.



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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 7 2012

Time: 6:02PM

Your Comments

Comical keeping from Harper but not as comical as Welbecks shooting how in hell did he miss cracking goal by Cleverley though. In all we played quite well I thought but won't be setting the world alight with the performance offered hopefully the falling behind problems been knocked on the head. Fair play to Newcastle though they had a go and gave us a few scares not sure if that was a goal or not its open to interpretation I'm pretty sure it will be a bone of contention for a day or two.
MotorMad
Comical keeping from Harper but not as comical as Welbecks shooting how in hell did he miss cracking goal by Cleverley though. In all we played quite well I thought but won't be setting the world alight with the performance offered hopefully the falling behind problems been knocked on the head. Fair play to Newcastle though they had a go and gave us a few scares not sure if that was a goal or not its open to interpretation I'm pretty sure it will be a bone of contention for a day or two.
MotorMad
A great result. Finally kept a clean sheet and didn't look exposed at the back, well other than a couple of occassions but you expect to concede a clear cut or half decent chance against any team every game. Rooney was the best player on the pitch despite, in my opinion, still not being back to his best. Interesting that Fergie is opting to play without wingers lately, think it's due to the fact that whilst we have an abundance of talented wide players only one is truly consistent and can make an impact in every game. Would like to see us play more 4-3-3 in future but with wingers, perhaps Valencia wide right and Kagawa drifting in from the left with RVP up top and Rooney dropping into a midfield 3 where he can run with the ball from deep.
TheFamousNo7
A great result. Finally kept a clean sheet and didn't look exposed at the back, well other than a couple of occassions but you expect to concede a clear cut or half decent chance against any team every game. Rooney was the best player on the pitch despite, in my opinion, still not being back to his best. Interesting that Fergie is opting to play without wingers lately, think it's due to the fact that whilst we have an abundance of talented wide players only one is truly consistent and can make an impact in every game. Would like to see us play more 4-3-3 in future but with wingers, perhaps Valencia wide right and Kagawa drifting in from the left with RVP up top and Rooney dropping into a midfield 3 where he can run with the ball from deep.
TheFamousNo7
MotorMad got to agree with Welbecks inability to finish that chance then again his finishing in general is poor. His dribbling skills are better than your typical average forwards, his positioning is good, his passing and link-up play is good as is his technique but in front of goal his composure and finishing really let him down. Hernandez on the other hand isn't a bad football but is an out and out poacher. If only we could mix the 2 players....
TheFamousNo7
MotorMad got to agree with Welbecks inability to finish that chance then again his finishing in general is poor. His dribbling skills are better than your typical average forwards, his positioning is good, his passing and link-up play is good as is his technique but in front of goal his composure and finishing really let him down. Hernandez on the other hand isn't a bad football but is an out and out poacher. If only we could mix the 2 players....
TheFamousNo7
Good use of the elbow from Van Persie.
fifthcolumnblue
Good use of the elbow from Van Persie.
fifthcolumnblue
Nice stamp on cleverleys leg also...
TheFamousNo7
Nice stamp on cleverleys leg also...
TheFamousNo7
Not to forget the petulant tantrum when a free kick was awarded to Rooney
MotorMad
Not to forget the petulant tantrum when a free kick was awarded to Rooney
MotorMad
Ah, the twisted world of the man yoo fan, where two wrongs make a right, every time. So I guess RVP is absolutely entitled to swing an elbow because one of your players was fouled earlier. Job done.
fifthcolumnblue
Ah, the twisted world of the man yoo fan, where two wrongs make a right, every time. So I guess RVP is absolutely entitled to swing an elbow because one of your players was fouled earlier. Job done.
fifthcolumnblue
I wanted to vote in you MOTM poll but referee isn't on there !
simonfire1
I wanted to vote in you MOTM poll but referee isn't on there !
simonfire1
Wouldn't it be the linesman your looking for
MotorMad
Wouldn't it be the linesman your looking for
MotorMad
The twisted world of a city fan whereby everything United do is scrutinised and pointed out yet everything else is convenienty ignored, not seen or forgotten. Couldn't possibly be a smear campaign?
TheFamousNo7
The twisted world of a city fan whereby everything United do is scrutinised and pointed out yet everything else is convenienty ignored, not seen or forgotten. Couldn't possibly be a smear campaign?
TheFamousNo7
Nope ... I'm n City fan
simonfire1
Nope ... I'm n City fan
simonfire1
 

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