Patrice Evra celebrates his goal

Newcastle   0

Man United   3

Evans (8), Evra (15), Cleverley (71)

Sunday 7 October Sports Direct Arena | Attendance: 52,203

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Newcastle
37Harper
3Santon
6Williamson
14Perchyellow card
31Fergusonsub8
10Ben Arfa
4Cabaye
24Tioteyellow cardsub20
18Gutierrezyellow card
29Ba
9Cissesub23
Subs:
42Alnwick
20Bigirimanasub24yellow card
8Anitasub31
25Obertan
23Ameobisub9
28Ameobi
5Simpson
Man United
1De Gea
2Rafael
5Ferdinandyellow card
6Evansgoal
3Evragoal
19Welbeck
16Carrick
23Cleverleygoal
10Rooneysub22
26Kagawayellow cardsub7
20van Persieyellow cardsub11
Subs:
13Lindegaard
31Wootton
7Valenciasub26
22Scholessub10yellow card
8Anderson
14Hernandez
11Giggssub20

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the keeper recovered to claw away Cisse's diving header from the rebound. There was a suggestion the whole of the ball had crossed the line but play continued despite the Magpies' appeals.

Newcastle kept pressing with Ba beating Rio Ferdinand to head wide so Sir Alex introduced more width by replacing Kagawa with fit-again Antonio Valencia. It helped United improve with Cleverley and Welbeck combining but the midfielder's wild finish squandered the opportunity. Rooney then forced a diving save out of Harper after capitalising on some slack play by Tiote.

Pardew's side still carried a threat and Hatem Ben Arfa could only contribute a wayward shot after being afforded far too much space to turn on a pass by Cabaye. However, van Persie had the ball in the net again, from Rooney's pass, only to be rightly flagged offside.

Six minutes later, Cleverley picked up a Rooney pass but there looked little danger to Harper's goal until he hooked a David Beckham-esque swirling drive past the keeper's despairing dive and into the top corner of the net. It was a moment of magic by the midfielder, who is looking more and more at home in the team.

De Gea bravely kept the hosts at bay, and took James Perch's studs in his thigh after the defender had already been booked, and Paul Scholes came on for Rooney in a bid to see out the final 10 minutes. Cabaye appeared to lose his cool after an off-the-ball clash with van Persie as things became somewhat heated in the closing stages with the Dutchman being withdrawn for Ryan Giggs as the clock ticked down.

Ba worked De Gea but much of the fire had long gone out of the hosts' attack, although not from their tackling. It was Scholes, however, who became

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