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07/12/2013 15:59, Report by Steve Bartram
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The Match: Reds stifled

Here’s our detailed take on United's shock 1-0 defeat to Newcastle…

The Match

Newcastle nullified United's attacking threat for much of the game, bar a 10-minute spell just after half-time. David Moyes' men struggled to break down a disciplined visiting defence, while Newcastle's midfield three snapped about the field to ensure the Reds were unable to build any rhythm. Counter-attacks were always the visitors' likeliest route to pinching any more than a point, and Yohan Cabaye took one such opening when it fell his way. The goal galvanised the Magpies and rocked United, who were unable to fashion any clear chances to restore parity thereafter.

Goals When Patrice Evra's defensive header struck Moussa Sissoko, the Reds defender was completely out of the game and the Newcastle forward had time and space to advance before picking out Cabaye, unattended and onrushing, for a calm finish past De Gea.

Star men In the first half, Adnan Januzaj caught the eye with some typically exciting play, but even the youngster faded in influence as Newcastle tightened the shackles on United's attackers.

Sub-plots Robin van Persie's return appeared timely, with Wayne Rooney serving a one-match suspension, but the Dutchman was up against a central defensive pairing on top of their game. Even then it looked like he had managed to nod United back on level terms late on, only for an assistant's flag to correctly rule him offside.

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