Man United 4 Newcastle 3

Javier Hernandez

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 New­castle Uni­ted 3, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Dec­ember 26, 2012. Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated New­castle 4-3 on Box­ing Day 2012 thanks to goals by Jon­ny Evans, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Robin van Per­sie, and Javi­er Her­nandez. Af­ter beat­ing The Mag­pies, Uni­ted now topped the Pre­miership ta­ble sev­en points clear of Man­chester City.

In their pre­vi­ous ten Pre­mier Lea­gue mat­ches, Man­chester Uni­ted had over­come Chel­sea, Ar­senal, As­ton Vil­la, Nor­wich City, Queens Park Ran­gers, West Ham Uni­ted, Read­ing, Man­chester City, and Sun­der­land, and drawn ag­ainst Swansea City, where­as New­castle Uni­ted had beaten Queens Park Ran­gers, Wi­gan Ath­let­ic, and West Brom­wich Al­bion, drawn wi­th Liver­pool, and lost ag­ainst Man­chester City, Ful­ham, Sto­ke City, South­ampton, Swansea City, and West Ham Uni­ted. Man­chester Uni­ted had com­pre­hens­ively beaten New­castle 3-0 at St Ja­mes´ Park in the re­verse meet­ing of the 2012-13 sea­son cour­tesy of fir­st ha­lf goals from de­fenders Jon­ny Evans and Pat­rice Ev­ra plus a late goal by Tom Clev­er­ley, and the Pre­miership lead­ers were ob­vi­ous fa­vour­ites to win the tie at Old Traf­ford. New­castle nev­er­the­less went in­to an early lead 1-0 just four min­utes in­to the en­counter when Seneg­al stri­ker Demba Ba power­ed a low shot which Uni­ted goal­keeper Da­vid de Gea could on­ly parry and ex-Not­ting­ham For­est mid­fielder Ja­mes Perch was there to score on the re­bound. But spurred on by the ho­me crowd, Man­chester Uni­ted slowly but surely in­creased the pres­sure as the fir­st ha­lf mo­ved on and the hosts had their equal­iser thro­ugh Evans who fou­nd the back of the net from clo­se ran­ge af­ter a scramble in the goal­mouth, on­ly for the North­ern Ire­land stop­per to score an own goal three min­utes later.

Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued their at­tack­ing play fol­low­ing the re­start and the ho­me te­am lev­elled for the sec­ond time in the con­test thanks to a well pla­ced low ef­fort from Ev­ra two min­utes be­fore the hour ma­rk, but New­castle once ag­ain took the ad­vant­age as Papisse Cisse fin­ished a counter at­tack by ham­mer­ing the ball pa­st De Gea and in­to the net from in­side the area ten min­utes la­ter. Man­chester Uni­ted hit back in­stantly, tho­ugh, wi­th Robin van Per­sie un­leash­ing an ac­cur­ate shot pa­st away net­mind­er Tim Krul and in­to the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner of the goal in the 71st min­ute, and dur­ing stop­page time Javi­er Her­nandez hit the win­ner for the red-shir­ted men af­ter su­perbly con­vert­ing a bril­liant pass from Mi­chael Car­rick. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Jon­athan Evans, Chris Small­ing, Rio Fer­dinand, An­tonio Va­lencia, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ry­an Gig­gs, Paul Scho­les, Javi­er Her­nandez, Robin van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: Ne­manja Vid­ic, Scott Woot­ton, Al­ex­an­der Buttner, Tom Clev­er­ley, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Ry­an Tunnicliffe, An­ders Linde­gaard. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Tim Krul, Fab­ri­cio Co­loccini, Dav­ide San­ton, Dan­ny Simp­son, Mi­ke Wil­li­am­son, Ja­mes Perch, Vurnon An­ita, Gael Bi­girim­ana, Sylvain Mar­veaux, Papiss Demba Cisse, Demba Ba. Sub­stitutes: Shola Ameo­bi, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Sam­my Ameo­bi, Shane Fer­guson, Ja­mes Tav­erni­er, Ad­am Camp­bell, Rob Elliot.


Javier Hernandez Quickfacts

Javi­er Her­nandez re­gistered a late win­ner as Man­chester Uni­ted over­came Span­ish Pre­mier Di­vi­sion club Va­lencia 1-0 in a UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue group sta­ge fix­ture at Mestalla Sta­dium on the 29th of Septem­ber 2010. Uni­ted ev­entually won the group to reach the knock­out sta­ges of the competition.


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