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United 4 Newcastle 3

United 4 Newcastle 3

Have you got your breath back yet?

In a thumping game and probably the best there has been this season, for the neutral, United took all three points on the day City, our closest rival, lost up at Sunderland, allowing us to open the gap at the top of the Premier League to 7 points.

On the back of his poor performance against Swansea City, Wayne Rooney wasn`t selected for this game with Sir Alex opting to use Javier Hernandez alongside Robin Van Persie. But there were starts for the two veterans - Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, in midfield. Later it was to be confirmed that Rooney and Young were out through injuries picked up in training on Christmas Day whilst Danny Welbeck was ill.

Having fallen behind early so many times, it probably came as no surprise it happened again when Demba Ba tried his luck from some way out and De Gea could only parry the ball for James Perch to crash the ball home with a mere four minutes gone.

The goal seemed to spark some life into United and United were denied a penalty when Hernandez appeared to be used as a climbing frame by Williamson but the referee waved play on.

Twenty-four minutes into the half United drew level and it was Jonny Evans who did the trick. A free kick was delivered into the United box, Hernandez saw his shot saved by Krul but Evans was on hand to poke home from close range.

Four minutes later, Newcastle were back in the lead with a hugely contested goal. Danny Simpson burst forward and unleashed a shot, from some distance. The shot took a deflection off of Evans and beat De Gea. Initially Mike Dean (referee) gave offside but after consultation with his assistant changed his mind.

United went into the break trailing 2-1.

Before the second half could start, Sir Alex Ferguson, in a pitch side rant, let the officials know what he thought about the second Newcastle goal. But, just before the hour mark United were back on level terms when that man Evra netted his fourth of the season.

The goal came after Perch cleared a corner to the edge of the box and there was Evra lurking to drive a low shot past Krul and into the net. The lead was to only last ten minutes though with Papiss Cisse scoring a fantastic goal with his strike flashing past De Gea before the keeper could move.

Three minutes later though it was 3-3 when Van Persie saw his low shot saved by Krul was delighted when the ball came back to him and he was able to stick it away in the corner of the net.

United thought they could / should have had a penalty when Hernandez`s shot struck the arm of Coloccini but the appeal was waved away. As United went for the winner Van Persie saw a shot flash wide whilst a header from Hernandez clipped the post.

Newcastle also had aspirations of snatching a winner and Sammy Ameobi was unlucky to see his shot hit the inside of the post and bounce into the graceful arms of De Gea.

But you just knew one side would grab that winner and it was to be United when, in the 90th minute, a ball from Carrick beat the Newcastle defence and Hernandez was on hand to finish from close range.

What a game!

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Time: 5:39PM


manurinal won again.....they are the juventus of epl...fixing matches buying refrees....should been ban from epl for life time....shame on epl to have a disgusted club like them here....
26/12/2012 17:56:00
Most ridiculous comment I've ever read. I suppose we paid the ref to give Newcastle an offside goal and we paid Newcastle to go in front three times. Use your brain you mindless douche. Do you really think if we were doing anything like you've said in today's world we wouldn't of been found out already? Pathetic, bitter excuse of a football fan who's more interested on hating on united than supporting his own club.
26/12/2012 19:34:00
Great game full of drama but a poor performance from us. Great character and attitude shown again from the team when down however we really do need to cut out this going down business and the defence really does need something to ensure it remains organised and disciplined. The defenders individually are all very good defenders so quality isn't the issue it just needs a vidic like character to organise it. A midfield of scholes, giggs and Carrick lacks mobility and attacking intent. They're all effectively the same sort of player and we're too average and easily overrun with any 2 of the 3 on at the same time. Good day all in all though.
26/12/2012 20:01:00
Also, the ref giving a wrong decision doesn't justify Fergie constantly arguing with the officials. In fairness to the officials it wasn't there fault, it was solely on the shoulders of the ref who decided not to listen to his assistant. If Pardew was the one in the officials ear Fergie would've hit the roof and told him to back off like he did with Mancini last year at the etihad. Can't believe there's any controversy surrounding the wrongly given 2nd goal. Don't agree with Fergie that Cisse was pulling Evans however, had Cisse been onside in the first place Evans wouldn't of had to run across him to try and stop him getting the ball and as such the ball would never of went in. I cant see how standing offside drawing a defender to run across to stop you getting a ball isn't interfering with play and called offside.
26/12/2012 22:59:00
Rather interestingly shlok also you say we're the disgusting ones whilst you comment on vital Chelsea the following: "i hope if we dont beat thm at old toilet at least break van persi or chicartio leg and come...if you cant beat them then just break them....worst club in planet....disgusting club.....manur are nothg without them...just break thier supply line... shlok27" --- we're the disgusting ones while you want your team to break other players legs of they can't beat them simply because you don't like them.
26/12/2012 23:25:00
Shlok you nasty piece of work, go to vital city, they are all in on the conspiracy theories as well, you are nothing but a stupid little****, trying nothing more than a pathetic attempt to smear our club. Sure we bribe the referees, the FA, Uefa, FIFA, even the queen so that SAF could get knighted we bribe them all, you ignorant little idiot.
27/12/2012 15:00:00
Arse clown of the highest order. How unfortunate to be part of the same species as this utter prat.
27/12/2012 22:02:00
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