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December 7, 2013
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 75233
Y. Cabaye 61'
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME! Newcastle snatch a famous win at Old Trafford! It is their first victory at United since 1972, while it is the first time since 2002 that United have lost back-to-back home matches. Newcastle are fully deserving of the win, but the hosts were poor. They could be 15 points behind leaders Arsenal by the end of the weekend.
90' + 2'
United trying to pressure the visitors, but Yanga-Mbiwa does well down the right to earn his side a corner.
90' + 1'
Yellow CardVurnon Anita
90' + 1'
Anita takes one for the team as he fouls Anderson while a counterattack loomed and he earns a yellow card.
Three minutes of stoppage time added.
Januzaj's delivery is relatively good, but it goes to the back post where there are few United players. The chance is wasted, essentially.
Evra holds up the play on the left and keeps the ball away from Yanga-Mbiwa. The Newcastle man makes the silly decision to kick him, however, thus conceding a free-kick.
If this match stays as it is and Arsenal win their match this weekend, United would be 15 points behind them. Surely they won't be able to come back from that?
United are pressing with intent and the introduction of Anderson in the midfield seems to have helped as he looks to drive forward, but they still aren't creating enough chances. Zaha has been quiet and disappointing since coming on.
Crunching tackle from Vidic on Anita. The Serbian goes flying through his opponent at full steam, leaving him in a heap on the floor. It was perfectly-timed.
Van Persie's free-kick is whipped in with excellent pace, but it evades everyone and goes out for a goalkick.
Lovely footwork from Januzaj as the Belgian produces two stepovers and wins a free-kick from Ben Arfa.
Januzaj cuts inside from the right and beats two men before picking out Zaha on the opposite side of the area. The winger tries to curl a shot into the top far corner, but his strike goes narrowly wide.
Van Persie has the ball in the back of the net, finally, but United's celebrations are cut short as the Dutch forward is flagged offside.
Good play by Januzaj as he charges through the inside-right channel. He wins United a free-kick in a good position on the right.
And now Anderson comes on for Cleverley.
Here comes Zaha for his Premier League debut. He replaces Nani, who was generally disappointing.
Newcastle are finding this too easy in midfield. They are finding little opposition in the centre, with Cabaye & Co. controlling this.
United look painfully short of ideas in attack. Januzaj has gone quiet, Nani still hasn't livened up, Hernandez can't get involved and Van Persie clearly isn't fit. It looks like Zaha's time has come.
GOAL!!! Newcastle take the lead at Old Trafford! Sissoko did well to latch on to Evra's poor headed clearance on the right. He burst into the right side of the area, cut the ball back for Cabaye and the France international slotted past De Gea. The hosts are in trouble.
Sissoko is clearly inspired by goal from last weekend against West Brom as he lines up a shot from at least 30 yards, but it sails well wide.
Remy does well to retain possession on the left. He keeps the ball away from Rafael and Cleverley before looking out to the right. His long pass is awful, however, as it flies straight out of play.
Hatem Ben Arfa
United hit the post! Evra's header is deflected off Williamson and looks destined to go in, but the ball hits Anita on the arm and then hits the post. The hosts aren't happy!
Good delivery by Nani towards the near post, but Coloccini heads it clear just in front of Van Persie.
Free-kick near the left corner flag for United as Januzaj is unfairly challenged by Sissoko. Nani to take.
Another good save by Krul, this time to deny Januzaj, who fires a half-volley at the Dutch goalkeeper.
Big chance for United! Van Persie unleashes an outrageous pass over the Newcastle defence from the half-way line and Hernandez controls. The Mexican hits a low and powerful shot at goal, but Krul saves well.
Clever play by Nani to release Rafael down the right. The Brazilian's devilish cross is excellent and looks set to fall to Van Persie, but Williamson manages to cut it out.
Tentative penalty claims from Newcastle as Gouffran launches himself on the floor after trying to squeeze between Rafael and Jones. Nothing given.
Newcastle restart the action.
45' + 3'
HALF-TIME: The referee blows his whistle for half-time, bringing to an end a fairly even half. United have probably edged it, but Newcastle are definitely in this.
45' + 2'
Another chance for Debuchy, this time with his head as he nods a Santon cross at De Gea.
45' + 1'
Great chance for Newcastle! Remy plays a clever pass in behind Evra for Debuchy. The full-backs controls and shoots from an acute angle, forcing De Gea into an important save.
History repeats itself as Van Persie's corner creates nothing.
Good play again by Hernandez as he gets into the area again, but this time he wins a corner.
United have penalty claims turned down! Hernandez's mazy run seems to catch Coloccini off guard and the Argentine appears to kick his opponent's foot, but the referee gives nothing.
Tiote goes for goal from about 35 yards, but his efforts shows why he hasn't scored since 2011 as it goes miles over.
Brilliant turn by Nani in the middle of the Newcastle half as he takes two opponents out of the game. The ball is eventually worked into the right side of the area for Januzaj, but the youngster's first-touch sees the ball gifted back to the visitors.
United get themselves into a bit of a mess as Evans knocks the ball back to De Gea while under pressure. The Spaniard slices his clearance and Newcastle get a throw-in.
Cleverley does well to steal possession in the middle. He roams towards the right and crosses from deep. His delivery is inviting, but Nani can't quite get there ahead of Williamson.
Sissoko does well on the left for Newcastle as he cuts inside Rafael and then jinks past Cleverley. He tees up Cabaye, whose long-range effort is deflected on to the roof of the goal by Vidic.
Williamson heads Van Persie's delivery clear, but on as far as Januzaj. The youngster produces an excellent cross, only for the Newcastle man to nod away again.
Free-kick in a good position on the right now for United after Rafael is pushed over by Santon. Van Persie stands over it.
Nani gives the ball away in United's half. Tiote passes forward to Cabaye, but the France midfielder's effort goes well wide.
Van Persie's delivery is good, but Newcastle get it away relatively easily.
Hernandez marches forward towards the depleted Newcastle defence. He gets towards the area and feeds Januzaj in to his right. The Belgian crosses low into the centre, but Newcastle stick it behind for a corner.
Newcastle are being given plenty of time on the ball by the hosts, surprisingly. Moyes' men seem to have had a lack of intensity in attack so far.
Decent chance for Newcastle. Sissoko bursts away from a tackle on the right wing and crosses into the centre, but Remy heads just wide of the target.
Wonderful tackle by Vidic as the Serbian slides across and hooks the ball away from Debuchy and out of play.
We are having a brief pause in play as Nani seeks medical attention following an aerial clash with Debuchy. He should be fine to continue, however.
Cabaye comes out to the left in order to create, but his lofted ball into the area simply goes out of play after giving Remy little chance of collecting.
Good move by the hosts. Good combination play between Cleverley and Nani sees them spring a counterattack. The latter skips past Debuchy like he isn't even there and crosses to the far post. Januzaj cuts the ball back to Jones, whose shot is deflected to Van Persie, but Newcastle boot it clear.
Yellow CardYohan Cabaye
Decent chance for United. Hernandez's run to the right opened up a big gap in the middle and Januzaj picked out the run of Jones. The midfielder surged forward and shot from the edge of the area, but Krul made a comfortable save down to his right.
And there is the match's first yellow card. Unsurprisingly it goes to Cabaye, who caught Januzaj with a late challenge.
Brilliant cross-field ball by Cleverley to Rafael, but after bringing the ball down well, the Brazilian's cross is poor.
Jones wins a free-kick out on the right wing after taking a bit of a clattering from Cabaye. Silly tackle, really.
United have seen plenty of the ball in the opening few minutes, but they've not done anything meaningful with it just yet.
Encouraging start for Newcastle as Gouffran gets down the left, beats Rafael and crosses, but Evra hooks it away.
Off we go. The hosts start the action.
We will now have a minute of applause in tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday.
The teams are now making their way out of the tunnel. Kick-off is just a few minutes away.
The hosts suffered a defeat to Everton at home during the week and will be looking to bounce back and make ground on those in the top four. Newcastle also lost on Wednesday, with Swansea City triumphing over them on that occasion.
Man United boss was given a boost in the build-up to this match with Robin van Persie being name fit enough to start the match. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney misses out through suspension, with Javier Hernandez starting in his place.
The Newcastle team is: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Cabaye, Tiote, Anita; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran. SUBS: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Obertan, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.
The Man United team for today is: De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Jones, Cleverley, Januzaj; Hernandez, van Persie. SUBS: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Anderson, Valencia, Young, Zaha, Welbeck.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary for the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford. My name is Ryan Benson and I shall be describing the action for you today.
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