Man United 2 Newcastle 1

Tom Cleverley

Man­chester Uni­ted 2 New­castle Uni­ted 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup Third Ro­und, Septem­ber 26, 2012. Man­chester Uni­ted be­at New­castle Uni­ted 2-1 in the third ro­und of the Lea­gue Cup. Goals by Oli­veira An­der­son and Tom Clev­er­ley saw Uni­ted pro­gress in­to the fourth ro­und of the com­pet­i­tion where they would meet bit­ter rivals Chelsea.

The Reds re­turned to cup com­pet­i­tion wi­th a Lea­gue Cup en­counter ag­ainst fel­low Pre­mier Lea­gue club New­castle at Old Traf­ford. Uni­ted were with­out Ser­bi­an stop­per Ne­manja Vid­ic who had just un­der­gone a knee sur­gery, but Three Li­ons play­er Way­ne Roo­ney was back from a thigh in­jury. New­castle, mean­while, were mis­sing Tim Krul and Dan­ny Simp­son who were bo­th in­jured, but centre-back Fab­ri­cio Co­loccini and mid­fielder Cheik Ti­ote were back af­ter re­cov­er­ing from in­jur­ies. Man­chester United´s start­ing el­ev­en con­tained goal­keeper Da­vid de Gea; de­fenders Mar­nick Vermijl, Mi­chael Ke­ane, Al­ex­an­der Buttner, and Scott Woot­ton; mid­field­ers Tom Clev­er­ley, Oli­veira An­der­son, and Dar­ren Fletch­er; and for­wards Way­ne Roo­ney, Dan­ny Wel­beck, and Javi­er Her­nandez, whi­le New­castle United´s start­ing te­am lineup in­cluded goal­keeper Rob El­li­ot; de­fenders Ja­mes Tav­erni­er, Mi­ke Wil­li­am­son, Fab­ri­cio Co­loccini, Dan Gos­ling, Ja­mes Perch, and Cheik Ti­ote; mid­field­ers Har­is Vuck­ic, and Sylvain Mar­veaux; and for­wards Shola Ameo­bi and Gab­riel Obertan.

Man­chester Uni­ted and New­castle had last met on Lea­gue Cup duty on the 26th of Oct­ober 1994 when The Mag­pies won the con­test by a 2–0 mar­gin at St Ja­mes´ Park. The Man­cuni­ans came in­to the fix­ture at The Theatre of Dreams on the back of a bat­tling and hard fou­ght 2-1 Pre­miership win over rivals Liver­pool at An­field, wi­th Ra­fael da Silva and Robin van Per­sie scor­ing for the vis­it­ors. The Geordies, for their part, came fresh from a clo­se 1-0 tri­umph over Nor­wich City at St James´Park cour­tesy of a goal from Demba Ba in the 19th min­ute of the mat­ch. The pre­vi­ous sea­son, Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s te­am had be­en knock­ed out by Crys­tal Pal­ace in the Lea­gue Cup Quart­er Fi­nals, whi­le the North East club had gone out in the fourth ro­und of the com­pet­i­tion at the hands of Black­burn Rov­ers. In this ga­me, Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al mid­field star­let Tom Clev­er­ley should have sco­red the open­ing goal for Man­chester Uni­ted in the 35th min­ute of the mid­week clash, but his some­what weak ef­fort went the wrong si­de of the up­right in front of a 46,000 ho­me crowd. And even tho­ugh Alan Pardew´s play­ers had their mo­ments dur­ing the open­ing forty-five min­utes, it was Man­chester Uni­ted who ev­entually went in­to a jus­ti­fied 1-0 lead thanks to Brazili­an mid­field com­batant Oli­veira An­der­son who ham­mered a bril­liant long dis­tance shot from twenty-five yards out pa­st for­mer Charl­ton Ath­let­ic goal­keeper Rob El­li­ot and in­to the back of net one min­ute be­fore the sound of the ha­lf-time whistle.

Shortly af­ter the re­start, Man­chester Uni­ted came clo­se to doub­ling their ad­vant­age as a dan­ger­ous Mar­nick Vermijl cross was met by Javi­er Her­nandez who­se head­er went nar­rowly wide. Then, in the 58th min­ute of the Cap­it­al One Cup fix­ture, Tom Clev­er­ley fi­nally ma­naged to make the score­sheet when the sub­lime play­maker curled a low shot pa­st Rob El­li­ot and in­to the bot­tom cor­ner of the net to make the score 2-0 in fa­vour of the Old Traf­ford si­de. But, a mere three min­utes la­ter, Sene­g­alese at­tack­er Papiss Cisse pulled one back for the Tyne and Wear te­am as the Har­is Vuck­ic re­place­ment at long last fou­nd the net wi­th a down­ward head­er from clo­se ran­ge. The goal from the for­mer Freiburg fa­vour­ite in­jec­ted some much need­ed con­fid­ence in­to the New­castle si­de, and the same play­er al­most equal­ised for the vis­it­ors when his well ex­ecuted over­head kick made the cross­bar sing wi­th nine min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time, but Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s youth­ful te­am nev­er­the­less de­served the vic­tory af­ter dom­in­at­ing the pos­ses­sion for large parts of the ga­me. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Mar­nick Vermijl, Mi­chael Ke­ane, Al­ex­an­der Buttner, Scott Woot­ton, Tom Clev­er­ley, Oli­veira An­der­son, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Way­ne Roo­ney, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Javi­er Her­nandez. Sub­stitutes: Nick Pow­ell, Jon­ny Evans, Rob­bie Bra­dy, Jesse Lin­gard, Ry­an Tunnicliffe, Joshua King, Sam John­stone. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Rob El­li­ot, Ja­mes Tav­erni­er, Mi­ke Wil­li­am­son, Fab­ri­cio Co­loccini, Dan Gos­ling, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Har­is Vuck­ic, Ja­mes Perch,  Cheik Ti­ote, Sylvain Mar­veaux, Shola Ameo­bi. Sub­stitutes: Papiss Cisse, Ro­main Amalf­it­ano, Vurnon An­ita, Shane Fer­guson, Gael Bi­girim­ana, Sam­my Ameo­bi, Ste­ve Harper.

 

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Tom Clev­er­ley was giv­en his de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted by Sir Al­ex Fer­guson in a 3-2 Com­munity Shield vic­tory ag­ainst rivals Man­chester City at Wemb­ley Sta­dium on the 7th of Au­gust 2011.

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