Man United 2 Newcastle 1
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.