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Back in Tyne: Five fantastic victories against Man United

Written by Luke Vinton

Ahead of Newcastle United's Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 4.30pm BST), we take a look at some of the Magpies' classic encounters against the Red Devils at St. James' Park...

Howay 5-0 (1996)

One of Newcastle United's greatest Premier League victories, the Magpies inflicted an unforgettable 5-0 thrashing against Alex Ferguson's side, which contained the likes of goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, David Beckham and Eric Cantona to name a few.

Darren Peacock sent the Magpies into an early lead against the Premier League champions before David Ginola's terrific strike from distance doubled Newcastle's lead before half-time.

After prolific forwards Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer added further gloss to the scoreline, on a day when Newcastle would have taken one goal, it was Belgian fan favourite Philippe Albert who sealed the win in style with an 'absolutely glorious' lob which sailed over the helpless Schmeichel.

Cabaye's moment of brilliance (2012)

Newcastle began the new year in impressive fashion after sealing a 3-0 win against the Red Devils.

Demba Ba's hooked finish - his 15th goal of the campaign - sent United into the lead at the break before Yohan Cabaye extended the home side's lead with a wonderful long range free kick minutes after the restart, which bounced into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

United maintained their clean sheet after Wayne Rooney's strike was blocked on the line and Dimitar Berbatov struck the post for the visitors before Newcastle added a third in stoppage time as Man United defender Phil Jones diverted a long ball from goalkeeper Tim Krul into his own net.

Seven goal thriller as Keane sees red (2001)

Newcastle came out on top in a 4-3 triumph at St. James' Park, with manager Sir Bobby Robson marking his 100th game in charge of the Magpies with an entertaining victory against ten-man Man United.

Laurent Robert gave the home side the lead with a tremendous left-footed free kick after five minutes and despite Ruud van Nistelrooy's equaliser for the Red Devils, Rob Lee's speculative shot restored Newcastle's advantage before the break.

Newcastle's chances of a unexpected victory were increased as Nikos Dabizas added a third for the Magpies but quick-fire goals from Ryan Giggs and van Nistlerooy levelled the clash.

With both sides continuing to push for a winner in a pulsating meeting on Tyneside and it was Newcastle who grabbed a late fourth as Shearer's shot in front of the Gallowgate End deflected past goalkeeper Fabian Barthez before Man United captain Roy Keane was sent off after an altercation with Shearer in the final minute.

Magic Matt's match winner (2018)

Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone after a highly important 1-0 win in February courtesy of Matt Ritchie's second half strike.

United, without a home win since October, gave a debut to goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka and the Slovakian shot-stopper made an instant impression on the home supporters with a string of excellent saves.

A determined and powerful team performance from Newcastle was rewarded as Ritchie latched onto a loose ball inside the penalty area before drilling a low strike past David de Gea as José Mourinho's winless run at St. James' Park continued.

Big Dunc's wonder strike silences European champs (2000)

Four years on from the famous 5-0 victory in 1996 - Newcastle pulled off another memorable home win against Sir Alex Ferguson's Champions League holders, this time running out 3-0 winners.

The Red Devils' 1999 treble-winning side fell behind through Duncan Ferguson's marvellous hit for the Magpies, striking a sweet volley from the edge of the penalty area despite facing the wrong way.

Pantomime villain Roy Keane was brandished a red card midway through the second half which proved to be a key factor in the contest as Alan Shearer netted a brace to round off the win. 

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