Manchester United 4 - 3 Newcastle United

Match info: Premier League at Old Trafford

Date: 26/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Dean Att: 75,596

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Man Utd

Jonny Evans 25
Javier Hernandez 90
Patrice Evra 58
Robin van Persie 71



Jonny Evans 28 (og)
James Perch 4
Papiss Cisse 68

FT (ht: 1-2)

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  • And that's it! Manchester United add another three points to their tally, which guarantees a seven-point lead in the Premier League going into 2013, with Manchester City having gone down 1-0 to Sunderland. It's a bitter pill for Newacastle to swallow though as they remain too close to the relegation zone for Alan Pardew's liking, although there were plenty of positives to take out of this one.

  • We're well over the four minutes of added time already, but Anita needs plenty of attention after been crumpled down following an awkward challenge in the midfielder. He looks in a bad way and needs to be stretchered off as Newcastle are forced to see out the rest of this game with 10-men.

  • That will be Javier Hernandez's last contribution for today as he's brought off for Darren Fletcher. Meanwhile, we're already three minutes into an added four, and as it stands Manchester United on heading towards three precious points.

  • Heartbreak for Newcastle as Manchester United steal the lead right on 90 minutes. Michael Carrick floats in a sublime ball which finds Javier Hernandez completely unmarked in front of goal, although the striker still has plenty to do to catch the ball on the volley, but he does it with some aplomb to nestle the ball in the back of the net.

  • GOAL! MAnchester United 4-3 Newcastle! Javier Hernandez!

  • Shola Ameobi is looking lively up front for the visitors, but he can't quite get the right connection from a cross and De Gea makes a comfortable save.

  • Point-blank save from Tim Krul now as Ryan Giggs hangs up a gorgeous ball for Javier Hernandez to attack, but his header is wonderfully kept out by the goalkeeper.

  • David de Gea can count himself very fortunate as Shola Ameobi's shot comes back off the base of the post and into the keeper's very grateful hands.

  • Robin van Persie curls this one into the far-post, but there's no-one in a red shirt there and the defence can watch the ball bounce out to safety.

  • Mike Williamson plays himself into trouble after dilly-dallying with his clearance, allowing Patrice Evra to nip in and win his side a free-kick near the corner flag. They play it short but to not too much effect, although they retain possession and eventually win another set-piece on the other side of the pitch.

  • We're less than 10 minutes away from the 90 now, although I'd rather this one didn't end as you just don't know what is going to happen next.

  • So close for the hosts now as Antonio Valencia delivers a peach of a ball into the area to perfectly pick out the unmarked Javier Hernandez, but the Mexico international can't direct his diving header and the ball flashes just the wrong side of the up-right.

  • That is quite brilliant from Robin van Persie as he breaks the off-side trap to run onto a clipped ball over the top, but his first-time hit on the half-volley bounces a fraction wide of the up-right. Would have been some goal to add to his already glamorous goal-scoring record.

  • Massive penalty appeals from the home side now as Javier Hernandez's shot strikes the arm of Fabricio Coloccini inside the area, but the referee is adamant in his denial of a spot-kick, although replays show Manchester United might have had a case there as the defender's arm was well away from his body at the time of contact.

  • A rare lull in play in the second-half now, but something tells me we aren't done with the goals just yet.

  • Dare to try predict the outcome of this one? Well, Sky Bet have Manchester United at 5/4 for the win, while Newcastle remain at 10/1 for the three points. A draw, meanwhile, is at 4/5, so good luck to you.

  • A change up front for Newcastle now as Shola Ameobi, match winner for the Magpies at the weekend, comes on for Demba Ba.

  • You just can't tell which way this game is going to go next, and the scores are now back level at 3-3. Tim Krul produces a stunning save to keep out Robnin van Persie's initial effort, but the striker eventually gets a second bite of the cherry and makes no mistake, slotting his effort into the bottom corner of the net.

  • GOAL! Manchester United 3-3 Newcastle! Robin van Persie!

  • A change for the hosts now, with Paul Scholes making way for Tom Cleverley.


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