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05/04/2014 16:01, Report by Adam Marshall
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The Match: Cruise control

Following our match report, we take a closer look at Saturday's trip to St James' Park...

The match United boss David Moyes clearly had one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Bayern Munich when naming his side but it allowed several players to promote their claims for the trip to Germany. Of course, Juan Mata is ineligible for midweek, which is a great shame as he is looking more and more at home at the club. The record buy netted either side of half-time to set up a comfortable win before Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj got in on the act with two fine goals from close-range. Newcastle looked low on confidence as they failed to lift the home crowd, but Moyes will be delighted with an accomplished performance and a 10th away win of the Premier League season - more than any other team.

The goals Chieck Tiote made two robust challenges on Mata before Dan Gosling clearly tripped Darren Fletcher on the edge of the box. Mata stepped up to curl a sweet free-kick past Rob Elliot’s left hand to register his second goal for the club. The third was not far away as, on 50 minutes, Shinji Kagawa pounced on a mistake by Fabricio Coloccini to head through to Javier Hernandez. The Mexican’s unselfish pass rolled past Kagawa but into the path of Mata, who majestically sat Coloccini on the ground as he desperately tried to atone for his error, before delicately slotting home. Kagawa was instrumental in the build-up to Hernandez’s effort, supplying a perfect cross for the Mexican to get on the scoresheet. In stoppage time, Mata turned provider to play in Januzaj, who clearly has a penchant for scoring in the North East after his double at Sunderland on his full debut.

Star men Mata pulled the strings and the Spaniard’s two goals show just what a hit he should become in a red shirt. Adnan Januzaj glided past the opposition with ease and Kagawa caught the eye once again, while Hernandez thoroughly deserved his goal after also hitting the woodwork.

Sub-plot Newcastle were seeking the double over United following their surprise 1-0 win at Old Trafford in December. Much had also been made of the fact that United have only won one match against teams in the top eight, a statistic that is no longer correct. The Tynesiders have been out of form but fancied their chances beforehand, especially when news of Wayne Rooney’s absence broke last night.

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