United hand Newcastle first home defeat
Manchester United's Jonathan Evans (no.6) celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team-mates
The Red Devils scored their goals through Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra and Tom Cleverley.
Man United, for virtually the first time this season, started with real purpose and tempo, totally dominating the opening quarter of the match.
They opened the scoring on eight minutes through defender Jonny Evans, who jumped unchallenged and powered home a Robin Van Persie corner kick.
On 16 minutes the visitors doubled their advantage through Patrice Evra, who forced the ball into the net from Wayne Rooney’s corner kick, once again taking advantage of some lax marking from the hosts.
Newcastle responded positively and bossed the rest of the first half, though they weren’t able to create any clear chances with which to test goalkeeper David De Gea.
The match was certainly a feisty one, with no less than five players being booked in the first half, including Cheick Tiote, who should have been sent off well before his yellow card for a stamp on Tom Cleverley.
Newcastle continued in the second half where they left off in the first, and were so close to pulling a goal back on 50 minutes when David De Gea kept out a Papiss Cisse header that appeared to cross the line. TV replays were inconclusive as to whether it should have been awarded.
The Red Devils weathered their hosts’ storm and extended their advantage with 20 minutes to play when Cleverley drifted a shot-cum-cross beyond the reach of ‘keeper Steve Harper to make it 3-0.