Newcastle 3 Man United 0

Phil Jones

New­castle Uni­ted 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, St Ja­mes´ Park, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue, Jan­uary 4, 2012. Fol­low­ing a 3-2 de­feat at ho­me to Black­burn Rov­ers, Man­chester Uni­ted suf­fered an­oth­er blow as they lost 3-0 to New­castle Uni­ted away. Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s title chasers had a num­ber of de­cent chances dur­ing the clash, but they still ended up on the los­ing side.

New­castle Uni­ted, so vi­brant at ho­me dur­ing the 2011-12 cam­paign, were a far bet­ter te­am than Man­chester Uni­ted. In the 33rd min­ute of the con­test, the North East­ern­ers went in­to a well de­served 1-0 lead as Ni­geri­an stri­ker Shola Ameo­bi flicked a long ball onto Seneg­al in­ter­na­tion­al Demba Ba who­se power­ful ef­fort left Uni­ted shot stop­per An­ders Linde­gaard com­pletely help­less. To the des­pair of the trav­el­ling Man­chester Uni­ted sup­port­ers, Alan Pardew´s men ma­naged to double their lead two min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf when dy­nam­ic mid­field play­maker Yo­han Cabaye sco­red wi­th a mag­ni­fi­cent free-kick from some 25 yards out. Then, in the 90th min­ute of ac­tion, un­for­tu­nate Uni­ted de­fender Phil Jones de­flec­ted the ball in­to the back of his own net to make the fi­nal score 3-0 in fa­vour of the ho­me si­de. Af­ter los­ing to The Mag­pies, Man­chester Uni­ted were now three points be­hind in­ner-city ad­versar­ies Man­chester City, who were top­ping the ta­ble wi­th 48 points from 20 ga­mes. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Tim Krul, Dan­ny Simp­son, Dav­ide San­ton, Fab­ri­cio Co­loccini, Mi­ke Wil­li­am­son, Jo­nas Gu­ti­er­rez, Ry­an Tay­lor, Cheik Ti­ote, Yo­han Cabaye, Shola Ameo­bi, Demba Ba. Sub­stitutes: Ste­ve Har­per, Ja­mes Perch, Hatem Ben Arfa, Har­is Vuck­ic, Sam­my Ameo­bi, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Le­on Best. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: An­ders Linde­gaard, Rio Fer­dinand, Phil Jones, An­tonio Va­lencia, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ry­an Gig­gs, Ji-Sung Park, Lu­is Nani, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: Da­vid de Gea, Ra­fael da Silva, Oli­veira An­der­son, Jesse Lin­gard, Paul Po­gba, Javi­er Her­nandez, Dan­ny Welbeck.


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