Newcastle vs Man United – Analysis

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TKTG takes a look at the best articles and analysis covering the Newcastle vs Manchester United match which ended in a 0-3 away win for United.  Manchester United climb to 2nd in the English Premier League and Newcastle United drop to 10th.

Match Report:  Goal.com

The visitors started the match in blistering style, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes and creating numerous other chances. Cleverley then extended their lead with what was either a stunningly good goal or simply a spectacular miss-hit cross.

Alan Pardew recalled Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba for the clash. Shane Ferguson was awarded a starting place with defenders Fabriccio Coloccini and Steven Taylor sidelined.

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck all started for the visitors in a very attacking line-up, with Shinji Kagawa also in the side.

Read the rest of the match report on the Goal.com website.

Analysis

With all of United’s main rivals winning on Saturday, this game against Newcastle had become a must-win fixture by kickoff. Confidence was not high among travelling United fans but the men on the field, fortunately, had a few tricks up their sleeves.

Fergie’s team selection was bold to say the least. Considering United’s issues with midfield this term, his decision to field a two-man midfield in this fixture seemed optimistic. Yet the Red Devils’ ability to keep the ball in this match is what kept them with their nose in front. It would appear Fergie knows a little more than I do about team selection.

After an opening period in which United recorded 80% possession, things were looking up. A thumping and decisive header from Jonny Evans opened the scoring. Another header from Patrice Evra and United’s nerves started to settle. The two maligned defenders saved the team’s skin, and it made a welcome change for United to score early goals as opposed to conceding them.

For a side whose best defence is attack, asking your defenders to do the scoring seems unorthodox, but goals are goals. It is also deeply satisfying to go to Newcastle and out-sing their fans, which the United supporters did.

Continue reading the article by Mark Payne of ESPNFC.

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