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Manchester United’s season lurched further into crisis as they suffered another shock home defeat with Yoan Cabaye’s second-half goal ensuring Newcastle United’s first victory at Old Trafford since 1972.

It left United languishing in ninth place in the Premier League and increased the pressure on manager David Moyes after another lacklustre performance. Newcastle deserved their victory.

United missed the suspended Wayne Rooney but welcomed back Robin Van Persie – after injury – although his contribution was marginal as Moyes’ team struggled throughout to impose themselves although they were unfortunate not to earn a penalty after a Vernon Anita handball.

In the early exchanges Van Persie quickly teed up Tom Cleverley only for the sting to be taken out of the midfielder’s shot by a deflection.

Recalled after a ban was Phil Jones and he drove forward from midfield only for Tim Krul to easily field his low shot. But Newcastle were comfortable and enjoyed long spells of possession until Adnan Januzaj quickly won the ball back and broke away with Javier Hernandez only for his dangerous low cross to be turned away.

In all Moyes made seven changes from the defeat against Everton in midweek – with Marouane Fellaini not even in the squad – and United struggled to find any fluency, any invention beyond Januzaj’s energy. For Newcastle Loic Remy flashed a header wide and Cabaye scuffed a shot across goal but both sides were struggling to impose themselves even if the visitors continued to claim more of the possession.

United’s malaise was summed up when Van Persie rolled a simple pass towards Januzaj – only to over-hit it with the ball going out of play. Soon after and Hernandez appeared to go to ground easily in search of a penalty and was perhaps fortunate not to escape a caution.

In half-time Newcastle should have gone ahead with Remy catching out Patrice Evra with a clever pass in behind the left-back for Mathieu Debuchy to run onto. But his driven shot was beaten away by David De Gea with his legs.

After the break and from a similar position the ball was flighted out to Hernandez whose fierce low shot was blocked by Krul who then reacted quickly to hold Januzaj’s half-volley from the edge of the penalty area. Finally, though, it signaled United applying some concerted pressure and they should have had a penalty when Anita stopped Evra’s header, from a corner, with his arm after the ball had struck the post.

Just as they appeared to be on the back-foot, Newcastle struck with Evra heading the bal straight to Sissoko who sprinted forward, cutting the ball back to Cabaye whose coolly side-footed first-time shot deflected off Nemanja Vidic and into the net.

Moyes responded by bringing on Wilfried Zaha for a first league appearance of the season, quickly followed by Anderson. Zaha went close – bending a right-foot shot narrowly wide as United tried to step up the pressure. But Newcastle remained composed and were never seriously troubled.

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