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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07/10/2012 17:55, Report by Adam Marshall
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Van Persie's shot from a tight angle was kicked behind by Steve Harper and the Dutchman took the corner himself with Evans showing great desire to power home a towering header. The one-way traffic continued with Rafael doing brilliantly to collect a De Gea kick-out, linking with van Persie, and sending a thumping drive inches wide of Harper's right-hand upright.

It really should have been 2-0 in the 12th minute when Welbeck robbed a hesitant Harper and rode a desperate challenge from the keeper. With van Persie unmarked in the middle, the England international, off balance, was only able to drag the wrong side of the post.

Any concern that the glaring miss could prove costly proved unfounded as Rooney's free-kick was diverted behind by Harper's fingertips. From Rooney's resulting corner, Evra showed great movement to pop up in exactly the right place to nod home, prompting an inquest in the Newcastle defence about who should have been marking the Frenchman. Pardew regrouped his troops and the inevitable response started with Jonas Gutierrez whistling a drive off target, even if De Gea probably had it covered.

Although three Reds were booked, the worst tackle of the first half came from Cheick Tiote, who was cautioned for a separate incident, as the game became a little fractious. Most of the chances started to come the hosts' way as Ba and Yohan Cabaye blazed over and another Gutierrez effort was deflected behind for a corner.

Both teams mustered an opportunity from a set-piece as the half drew to a close - Carrick's flick-on evaded Rooney from a van Persie corner and Cisse skimmed a header wide when claiming, rightly, that his shirt was being tugged by Evra. There was a huge let-off for United at the start of the second half when Ba headed against the bar with De Gea stranded off his line but

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