Man United 0 Newcastle 1

David Moyes’ calamitous start as Manchester United manager turned into a full-blown crisis as Yohan Cabaye ended Newcastle’s 41-year wait for an Old Trafford win.

The result condemned United to back-to-back home Premier League defeats for the first time 2002.

It meant United have lost five times already this season and that they have collected just two points from their last four games.

Twisting the knife: Yohan Cabaye broke the deadlock in the second half with a deflected strikeTwisting the knife: Yohan Cabaye broke the deadlock in the second half with a deflected strike

Magic moment: Newcastle players celebrate with Cabaye after he bagged what proved to be the winnerMagic moment: Newcastle players celebrate with Cabaye after he bagged what proved to be the winner

Dismay: Manchester United players, including Robin van Persie (centre) look miserable after concedingDismay: Manchester United players, including Robin van Persie (centre) look miserable after conceding

 

Match facts

Manchester United

 

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Nani (Zaha 68), Cleverley (Anderson 69), Jones, Januzaj, Van Persie, Hernandez.

Manchester United

 

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran (Ben Arfa 57).

Goal: Cabaye 61.

Little wonder the reaction at the end was one of anger from the home supporters, who watched virtually the same group of players they booed off today clinch a 20th title by 11 points less than seven months ago.

For Moyes, it is absolutely the stuff of nightmares.  The Scot has been dignified in rolling the heavy blows that have already been inflicted upon him during his short tenure and he retains the unquestioned support of the club’s owners. Yet it seems patience elsewhere has started to wear thin.

When Patrice Evra’s clearing header bounced back off Moussa Sissoko, allowing the Newcastle man a free run into the area, before cutting back a perfect cross to invite Cabaye’s first-time finish, albeit via slight deflection off Nemanja Vidic, the discontent rippled round all but a small corner of the stadium.

 

Disallowed: Van Persie scored this header but he was offside and Sian Massey ruled it outDisallowed: Van Persie scored this header but he was offside and Sian Massey ruled it out

No you don't: David Moyes keeps the ball away from Hatem Ben Arfa on the sidelinesNo you don’t: David Moyes keeps the ball away from Hatem Ben Arfa on the sidelines

Amid their glee, the Magpies fans delivered two of the cruellest jibes. They suggested Moyes would be sacked in the morning and that United would be accompanying Sunderland into the Championship at the end of the season. And it is true that United are nearer the drop zone than they are the top spot they occupied for so long.

As the whistle blew on yet another goalless first-half for United, it was hard not to feel a little bit of sympathy for a set of players who appeared paralysed by fear.

Seven changes from the midweek defeat by Everton, including the return of Robin van Persie following a four-match absence with a groin strain, should have had a positive impact.

But the additional mobility compared to Wednesday was lost amid the tentativeness of a team who looked scared to lose in front of a crowd on the brink of a very negative reaction.

Too often invention was spurned in favour of safety, which in turn reinforced the defences of a solid Newcastle outfit, who never looked in danger of coughing up the type of goals they did at Swansea on their last outing.

 

Going wild: The Geordies were ecstatic with their away win at Old Trafford and they showed itGoing wild: The Geordies were ecstatic with their away win at Old Trafford and they showed it

Can't believe their eyes: United fans have been treated to two poor consecutive home performancesCan’t believe their eyes: United fans have been treated to two poor consecutive home performances

Player-of-the-month Tim Krul pulled off a decent save from Phil Jones in the early stages but had little else to do in the first-half.

Fabricio Coloccini made an excellent clearing header to prevent Vidic getting to Adnan Januzaj’s cross, whilst the young Belgian was robbed in the box brilliantly by Yoan Gouffran.

And other than a blatant dive by Javier Hernandez, that was that for the hosts.

Newcastle did not do that much better.

But with Cheick Tiote controlling midfield and Loic Remy remaining on the move, United’s defence did not look as settled as Newcastle’s.

And when Evra was caught out of position, allowing Remy to slide a brilliant pass through for Mathieu Debuchy, whose thunderous first-time shot was turned away one-handed by David de Gea.

Misery: David de Gea pictured collapsed on the turf after Cabaye popped up with the openerMisery: David de Gea pictured collapsed on the turf after Cabaye popped up with the opener

Feeling the pressure? It was another difficult day at the office for David Moyes at Old TraffordFeeling the pressure? It was another difficult day at the office for David Moyes at Old Trafford

De Gea moments later repelled a close-range Debuchy header to at least ensure United reached the break level.

Moyes appeared to have used the interval wisely, judging by the sense of purpose his side had at the restart.

Krul saved from Hernandez and Januzaj before Evra met a Nani corner with purpose and sent a header bulleting against the post.

Vurnon Anita had no chance to react as the rebound struck him on the hand from barely six inches.

As the ball was flashing straight across goal and the diversion helped take it away to safety, a penalty surely should have been awarded. Instead referee Andre Marriner waved play on, just as he did when Tiote cut down Evra close to the Newcastle goal-line moments later.

Incidents like these tend to be followed by a hammer blow. And Cabaye duly provided it with his 10-yard finish from Sissoko’s cross – via Vidic.

The introductions of Wilfried Zaha for his Premier League debut and Anderson looked like the reactions of a desperate man, just as the noise appeared to be when Van Persie turned home what he thought was an equaliser. A brilliant call by assistant referee Sian Massey ruled otherwise.

United continued to push forward but to little effect and when Marriner called time on another sorry day, there were thousands of empty seats.

Those who remained let their feelings be known in a different way.

 

Making an effort: Fabricio Coloccini gets to the ball before United midfielder Adnan JanuzajMaking an effort: Fabricio Coloccini gets to the ball before United midfielder Adnan Januzaj

 

All together now: Man United players pictured observing a minute's applause for the late Nelson MandelaAll together now: Man United players pictured observing a minute’s applause for the late Nelson Mandela

 

Respect: David Moyes claps before the game as everybody claps for the former South African presidentRespect: David Moyes claps before the game as everybody claps for the former South African president

 

 

Source : Dailymail

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