Man United 2 Newcastle 0
Manchester United 2 Newcastle United 0, Old Trafford, English Premier League, December 27, 1995. After failing to win any of their five previous Premiership games, Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0 at home. Andy Cole gave United an early lead in the fifth minute of the clash before Roy Keane added a second goal eight minutes into the second half.
Second placed Manchester United had drawn with Nottingham Forest, Chelsea, and Sheffield Wednesday, and been defeated by Liverpool and Leeds United in their last five Premiership fixtures, while Premier League leaders Newcastle United had beaten Leeds United, Everton, and Nottingham Forest, drawn to Wimbledon and lost against Chelsea. The Old Trafford club were on the front foot from the very start of the match and the red shirts deservedly went ahead after five minutes of play when former Newcastle marksman Andy Cole received a magnificent pass from Welsh winger Ryan Giggs and fired a hard low shot past St James´ Park goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek and into the bottom left corner of the net. Following the resumption, Manchester United continued to control proceedings and The Reds doubled their advantage as a brilliant long ball from David Beckham found Republic of Ireland international Roy Keane who beat Srnicek with an unstoppable effort from just outside the six-yard box in the 53rd minute of the game. Manchester United Team: Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin, Gary Neville, David May, Phil Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Roy Keane, Andy Cole, Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs. Substitutes: Brian McClair, Paul Scholes, Pat McGibbon. Newcastle United Team: Pavel Srnicek, Warren Barton, Steve Howey, Darren Peacock, John Beresford, Lee Clark, Keith Gillespie, David Ginola, Rob Lee, Peter Beardsley, Les Ferdinand. Substitutes: Steve Watson, Paul Kitson, Robbie Elliott.