Newcastle 0 Man United 3

Jonny Evans

New­castle Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, St Ja­mes´ Park, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Oct­ober 7, 2012. Man­chester Uni­ted col­lec­ted three im­port­ant points as Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men out­classed New­castle Uni­ted by 3-0 at St James´s Park. Jon­ny Evans and Pat­rice Ev­ra ma­naged to score one goal each in the fir­st frame be­fore Tom Clev­er­ley roun­ded off the af­ter­noon wi­th a great try in the sec­ond period.

New­castle Uni­ted locked horns wi­th an ag­gress­ive and power­ful Man­chester Uni­ted si­de de­term­ined to ex­tract re­venge for the em­bar­rass­ing and pain­ful 3-0 de­feat in­flic­ted by The Toon Army at St Ja­mes´ Park in the cor­res­pond­ing fix­ture of the 2011-12 sea­son. Des­pite hav­ing ho­me gro­und ad­vant­age, The Mag­pies nev­er really stood a chan­ce ag­ainst The Reds in this Pre­mier Lea­gue mat­ch. Coun­ty Durham born goal­keeper Ste­ve Har­per al­lowed two goals dur­ing the early part of the fir­st ha­lf, but the ever­green vet­er­an was not help­ed much by a stat­ic New­castle de­fence, tho­ugh. Wi­th on­ly eight min­utes played of the fir­st pe­riod, North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Jon­ny Evans pro­vided Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th a 1-0 lead when the stop­per rose to con­vert a per­fectly ex­ecuted flag-kick by Robin van Per­sie wi­th an ac­cur­ate and force­ful head­er pa­st the New­castle keep­er. Then, in the 15th min­ute of the Sunday en­counter, an un­marked Pat­rice Ev­ra sco­red one of his rare goals as he nod­ded ho­me from a Way­ne Roo­ney cor­ner to make the score 2-0 in fa­vour of the visitors.

Man­chester Uni­ted su­premo Sir Al­ex Fer­guson made three sub­sti­tu­tions in the sec­ond frame, re­pla­cing Shinji Ka­gawa wi­th An­tonio Va­lencia, Way­ne Roo­ney wi­th Paul Scho­les, and Robin van Per­sie wi­th Ry­an Gig­gs. The Man­chester out­fit con­tin­ued to dom­in­ate the pos­ses­sion of the ball as the mat­ch wore on and were re­war­ded when Tom Clev­er­ley curled a fe­ro­cious shot in­to the top cor­ner of the net from some twenty-five yards out to make it 3-0 to the gu­ests in the 71st min­ute of ac­tion. The con­vin­cing away win kept Man­chester Uni­ted sec­ond in the Pre­mier Lea­gue ta­ble, four points adrift of high fly­ing lead­ers Chel­sea who had trashed Nor­wich City by 4-1 at Stam­ford Bridge the day be­fore. Af­ter beat­ing New­castle at St Ja­mes´ Park, the Man­chester Uni­ted play­ers would now have a two-week rest be­fore their next mat­ch due to the in­ter­na­tion­al break. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Ste­ve Har­per, Dav­ide San­ton, Mi­ke Wil­li­am­son, Shane Fer­guson, Jo­nas Gu­ti­er­rez, Ja­mes Perch, Cheik Ti­ote, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yo­han Cabaye, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse. Sub­stitutes: Jak Al­n­wick, Sam­my Ameo­bi, Dan­ny Simp­son, Vurnon An­ita, Gael Bi­girim­ana, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Shola Ameo­bi. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid De Gea, Ra­fael da Silva, Jon­athan Evans, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Shinji Ka­gawa, Mi­chael Car­rick, Tom Clev­er­ley, Way­ne Roo­ney, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Robin van Per­sie. Sub­stitutes: An­ders Linde­gaard, An­tonio Va­lencia, Scott Woot­ton, Oli­veira An­der­son, Ry­an Gig­gs, Paul Scho­les, Javi­er Hernandez.

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