Man Utd 0 Newcastle 1

Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At Old Trafford



Manchester United 0

Newcastle United 1 (Cabaye 61)



Yohan Cabaye's second-half strike ended Newcastle United's wait of more than 40 years for a victory at Old Trafford, as they saw off Manchester United 1-0 on Saturday.


The Magpies last triumphed away in the red half of Manchester in February 1972, when goals from John Tudor and Stewart Barrowclough earned a 2-0 victory.


But at the 33rd attempt, Newcastle erased that unwanted record as Cabaye sidefooted home Moussa Sissoko's pass just past the hour mark.


And it was no more than Alan Pardew's side deserved for another outstanding away performance in which they were defensively resolute and dangerous on the break.


Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy also went close for the visitors, while at the other end Tim Krul saved from Javier Hernandez, Phil Jones and Adnan Januzaj, with Patrice Evra heading against the post.


It was a fifth win in six games for the Magpies, who continue to fly high in the Premier League.


After an even opening the hosts created the first chance of the afternoon, with Jones found in space on the edge of the area, but the midfielder's shot was too close to Krul.


The Magpies' response, unsurprisingly, came through Remy, as their eight-goal leading scorer nipped ahead of his marker at the near post to connect with Moussa Sissoko's delivery, but could ony head wide.


Cabaye then dragged an effort well off target, having been fed by midfield colleague Cheick Tiote, as Newcastle tried to impose themselves on proceedings.


Hurting from their midweek home defeat to Everton, Manchester United were clearly keen to make an early breakthrough but were unable to find a way through Newcastle's stubborn rearguard, with Debuchy, Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini all making important blocks.


It was end-to-end stuff, and Cabaye sent a deflected long-range strike onto the roof of the net, before Javier Hernandez tried to win a penalty when he went down under no contact from Coloccini, but referee Andre Marriner ignored the Red Devils' pleas.


Right on the stroke of half-time Debuchy had two good chances to edge the visitors in front.  


First, Remy's slide-rule pass split the Manchester United defence and the full-back raced in, only to see his angled strike blocked by the goalkeeper, before seconds later, Debuchy sent a firm header at De Gea.


The Red Devils came roaring out of the traps in the second half and Krul made two fine stops to keep them at bay in the opening seven minutes - saving Hernandez's drive with his legs before getting down low to his left to smother an inventive volley from Januzaj.


The pressure continued, A combination of the post and Vurnon Anita kept out Evra's header, with Newcastle putting bodies on the line in order to scramble the loose ball to safety.


Hatem Ben Arfa was introduced from the substitutes' bench in place of Yoan Gouffran and less than four minutes later Newcastle were in front.


Sissoko raced away from Evra down the right and when his cut-back found Cabaye in space, the French international's sidefoot shot took a slight nick off Nemanja Vidic's boot to find its way past De Gea and into the far corner.


Van Persie thought he had equalised when he headed home Januzaj's free-kick but, as it was flicked into his path by Jonny Evans, the striker had strayed offside.


Substitute Wilfried Zaha bent a shot narrowly wide but Newcastle - superbly marshaled by the outstanding Fabricio Coloccini - held firm to record an outstanding away-day triumph.



Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea; Rafael (Antonio Valencia 76), Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic (c), Patrice Evra; Nani (Wilfried Zaha 68), Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley (Anderson 69), Adnan Januzaj; Javier Hernandez, Robin Van Persie


Subs not used: Anders Lindegaard, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck



Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 83), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Shola Ameobi 78); Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 57)


Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse



Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)


Bookings: Manchester United - none; Newcastle United - Cabaye (9), Anita (90)



Attendance: 75,233 (3,000 Newcastle)

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