Poor Man Utd Beaten At New Castle

sale illness geneva; font-size: small;”>The visitors, who lost to Blackburn on New Year’s Eve, went behind before the break when striker Demba Ba hooked in his 15th goal of the season.

Yohan Cabaye doubled Newcastle’s lead with a 30-yard free-kick before Phil Jones diverted in a late own goal.

Wayne Rooney had a shot blocked on the line and Dimitar Berbatov’s header hit the post for the champions.

The Jones howler, which came deep in stoppage time, summed up Manchester United’s night at the Sports Direct Arena.

Visiting manager Sir Alex Ferguson said prior to the match that his side may be affected by the strong winds and they failed to cope in the difficult conditions while Alan Pardew’s Newcastle thrived.

But the away side were also slow to the loose ball and ineffective in attack.

The defeat leaves the champions three points behind fierce local rivals Manchester City who beat Liverpool 3-0 on Tuesday.

And with Tottenham breathing down their necks, Ferguson will need to call upon all his great managerial experience to lift his players again after two successive league defeats.


The game may have turned out differently had Berbatov capitalised on Antonio Valencia’s cross with the score goalless but his header struck the base of Tim Krul’s right-hand upright.

Manchester United’s only other clear chance fell to Rooney whose strike from four yards was remarkably blocked by Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson to preserve the home side’s then 2-0 lead.

Apart from those efforts, the Old Trafford side struggled to create. Nani occasionally delivered a dangerous ball, but the front two were often found dropping deep in order to bring themselves into the game.

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