Newcastle 1 Man United 1

Paul Ince

New­castle Uni­ted 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, St Ja­mes´ Park, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Dec­ember 11, 1993. Ta­ble top­pers Man­chester Uni­ted were denied a sixth con­sec­ut­ive Pre­mier Lea­gue away vic­tory as they were held to a 1-1 draw by New­castle Uni­ted at St Ja­mes´ Park. Paul In­ce gave Uni­ted the up­per hand four­teen min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion be­fore Andy Cole equal­ised for The Mag­pies wi­th nine­teen min­utes re­maining on the referee´s watch.

In their pre­vi­ous five away mat­ches in the Pre­mier Lea­gue, Al­ex Ferguson´s si­de had de­feated Shef­field Wed­nesday, Ever­ton, Man­chester City, Cov­entry City, and Shef­field Uni­ted and Al­ex Ferguson´s title chasers were ex­pec­ted by most to be­at New­castle Uni­ted. Fol­low­ing a goal­less fir­st ha­lf at St Ja­mes´ Park, the ga­me came in­to life early in the sec­ond pe­riod when Man­chester Uni­ted mid­field play­maker Paul In­ce fired a low hard shot pa­st New­castle goal­keeper Mi­ke Hoop­er and in­to the bot­tom left cor­ner of the net to hand the de­fend­ing Pre­mier Lea­gue cham­pi­ons the up­per hand a min­ute be­fore the hour ma­rk. Kev­in Keegan´s New­castle wor­ked hard for an equal­ising goal and The Mag­pies fi­nally suc­ceeded in the 71st min­ute of the clash as for­mer Bris­tol City for­ward Andy Cole be­at Man­chester Uni­ted and Den­mark goal­tender Pe­ter Schmei­chel wi­th a head­er from a Rob Lee cross. The Old Traf­ford men came clo­se to re­gain­ing their ad­vant­age dur­ing the clos­ing sta­ges of the con­test but Roy Keane´s power­ful shot went just a few in­ches wide of the right post. The away res­ult ag­ainst New­castle meant that Man­chester Uni­ted were now top­ping the Pre­mier Lea­gue ta­ble wi­th an im­press­ive 49 points gain­ed from twenty ga­mes played, as much as thir­teen points ahead of sec­ond pla­ced Leeds Uni­ted and four­teen clear of Black­burn Rov­ers in third spot. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Mi­ke Hoop­er, Bar­ry Ven­ison, Ste­ve Wat­son, Ste­ve Howey, Rob­bie El­li­ott, Paul Bracewell, Lee Clark, Rob Lee, Scott Sel­lars, Pe­ter Beard­s­ley, An­drew Cole. Sub­stitutes: Pavel Sr­nicek, Liam O’Bri­en, Mal­colm Al­len. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Paul Par­ker, Ste­ve Bru­ce, Ga­ry Pal­lister, De­nis Ir­win, Ry­an Gig­gs, Paul In­ce, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Lee Sharpe, Eric Can­tona, Ma­rk Hug­hes. Sub­stitutes: Les Sealey, An­drei Kanchel­s­kis, Roy Keane.

 

Paul Ince Quickfacts

As a Man­chester Uni­ted play­er, Paul In­ce won the Pre­mier Lea­gue in 1992–93 and 1993–94, the FA Cup in 1989–90 and 1993–94, the Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup in 1991–92, the FA Char­ity Shield in 1990, 1993, and 1994, the Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup in 1990–91, and the Euro­pean Su­per Cup in 1991.

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