Manchester United made amends for their defeat last season at St James’ Park with a thumping victory over Alan Pardew’s side this afternoon. The away side were comfortable for the majority of the game after two early goals.
Jonny Evans powerfully headed Manchester United in front after just eight minutes from a Robin van Persie corner that was poorly defended and almost an identical corner led to the visitors doubling their lead through Patrice Evra’s header.
Tom Cleverley sealed the three points with a curled effort from the wide position that surprised Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal; he did appear to be crossing rather than shooting though.
Papiss Cisse had a header palmed away by David De Gea but it appeared to have crossed the line after Demba Ba hit the crossbar. Howard Webb continued to infuriate the home fans with decisions, but in the end the call seemed to be correct.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were a constant threat and their partnership seems to be flourishing with all three goals coming from their assists.
Manchester United have closed the gap at the top of the table to Chelsea and jumped ahead of rivals Manchester City into second. Newcastle continued their average start to the season and sit 10th going into the international break.
Newcastle will hope that their performances and results the weekend after a Europa League tie will not continue the way they are.