Match Report: Man United vs Newcastle United

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TKTG brings together all the best articles around the web on the 4-3 win by Manchester United over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.


Match Report:  BBC Sport

Manchester United extended their Premier League lead to seven points with a thrilling win over Newcastle.

James Perch pounced from close range to give the Magpies an early lead before Jonny Evans equalised in similar style then turned a cross into his own net.

Patrice Evra levelled matters with a low drive before Papiss Cisse’s superb shot made it 3-2 to the Magpies.

Robin van Persie equalised with a drive before Javier Hernandez slid in to convert a cross in the final minute.

It was a remarkable finish to an extraordinary match which saw the home side come from behind on three occasions.

The result will be a bitter blow for Magpies manager Alan Pardew, although he will have been buoyed by the performance of his players, who came agonisingly close to defeating their opponents at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972.

All the ingredients were there for a potentially eventful match – Boxing Day and a rain-sodden pitch.

And with Manchester United fielding a side without ill and injured attacking trio Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and winger Ashley Young, the visitors must have sensed the potential for an upset.

Read the BBC Sport report by Saj Chowdhury.


Match Analysis:  ESPNFC

The script may be old, but it never seems tired. Manchester United’s capacity to mount energising, life-affirming comebacks continues. They respond in a manner that is both predictable and startling at the same time. They turn a setback into a success. They deliver a largely disappointing display and yet send people home delirious. It is an extraordinary habit.

And this, in many respects, ranked among their most improbable comebacks. Even United rarely go behind three times in the same game but something that, without the dramatic denouement, would be cause for condemnation, instead became a reason for celebration. Newcastle United led for 54 minutes of the match, Manchester United for stoppage time. They took the points.

For the eighth time in half a season, the great escapologists have transformed a failure into a fantastic finish. “It tells you about the courage of our team,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. They have taken 24 points from losing positions; subtract those 24 and they would sit level on points with Sunderland, whose victory over Manchester City means a seven-goal thriller put United seven points ahead.

They were epitomised by the combinations between Michael Carrick and Javier Hernandez which bookended the game. The Mexican’s misplaced pass, aimed at the midfielder, resulted in James Perch’s opening goal; the Englishman’s curling cross brought the striker’s sublime shot as the clock reached the 90-minute mark, weighting a seesaw game in the Mancunian United’s direction. Sloppy at the start, excellent at the end, they displayed perfect timing in an imperfect display….

MAN OF THE MATCH: Javier Hernandez – When chances went begging, it felt that it was not Hernandez’s day. Yet his reward for persistence eventually arrived. The Mexican was a pest for the Newcastle defence throughout.

MANCHESTER UNITED VERDICT: Four goals and three very valuable points but United were only at their best in the final 20 minutes and, besides Van Persie, Hernandez and Carrick, very few players performed well. Injuries forced Ferguson to field a midfield with both Giggs and Paul Scholes in it and, with the 39-year-old and the 38-year-old in harness, they struggled to play at pace. Giggs at least offered something going forwards but it is a safe bet that Tom Cleverley will start against West Brom on Saturday. United’s defending, as Ferguson admitted, was a cause for concern.

NEWCASTLE VERDICT: Underachievers this season threatened to be overachievers on this occasion. The disappointment for Pardew was that whereas a new-look midfield impressed, a fairly settled defence underperformed and were found wanting. A gameplan of looking to spring quick counter-attacks worked well and Cisse, a disappointment this season, looked lively.

Read the ESPNFC report by Richard Jolly.


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