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Foul by Paul Scholes on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
The referee gives a free kick against Joey Barton for handball. Ryan Giggs shoots direct from the free kick.
Centre by Antonio Valencia.
Xisco takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Darren Fletcher sends in a cross, save by Steve Harper.
Paul Scholes takes a shot. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Xisco misses to the right of the target. Rafael Da Silva replaces Patrice Evra.
Ryan Giggs grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 3-0 Newcastle.Paul Scholes provided the assist for the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Patrice Evra. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Xisco joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonas Gutierrez.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic. The ball is sent over by Joey Barton, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Shola Ameobi misses to the right of the target.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.
Antonio Valencia takes a short corner.
Unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge.
Short corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line.
Javier Hernandez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kevin Nolan leaves the field to be replaced by Shola Ameobi. Ryan Giggs comes on in place of Luis Nani. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Smith by Darren Fletcher. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Dimitar Berbatov goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, clearance by Mike Williamson.
Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line.
Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani.
Javier Hernandez on for Wayne Rooney.
Andrew Carroll has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Patrice Evra. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani played to the near post, Alan Smith makes a clearance.
Patrice Evra delivers the ball.
Foul by Darren Fletcher on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. Darren Fletcher is shown a yellow card. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick. Jonathan Evans fouled by Andrew Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. John O'Shea takes the direct free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
Paul Scholes challenges Kevin Nolan unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Paul Scholes a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Alan Smith takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Andrew Carroll. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Sanchez Jose Enrique fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, save by Steve Harper.
The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.
Darren Fletcher finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle.The assist for the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
James Perch sends in a cross.
Joey Barton produces a cross, comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Dimitar Berbatov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Dimitar Berbatov grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Newcastle.Assist by Paul Scholes.
Shot from deep inside the area by Wayne Rooney goes over the bar.
Corner taken by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Andrew Carroll.
Luis Nani sends in a cross, save by Steve Harper.
Patrice Evra delivers the ball, blocked by James Perch.
Dimitar Berbatov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
James Perch concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. James Perch receives a yellow card. Wayne Rooney has an effort direct from the free kick.
Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Foul by Joey Barton on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Joey Barton booked. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in. The offside flag is raised against Wayne Rooney. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Mike Williamson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Scholes by Alan Smith. Strike on goal comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick.
John O'Shea takes a shot. Alan Smith gets a block in.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the left by-line to the near post, Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in. Andrew Carroll makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, Close range header by Andrew Carroll goes wide of the left-hand post.
Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from just inside the area clears the bar.
The match begins.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Carrick: We can't drop points
Michael Carrick does not believe United can afford the slip-ups of last season if they are to stay in the Premier League title race.
United lost eight times last term - including successive defeats to Chelsea and losses at Liverpool and relegated Burnley - yet still only lost their Premier League crown by a single point.
The Red Devils open their quest to reclaim the championship already playing catch-up on Chelsea, who registered a big win over West Brom.
As Tottenham and Manchester City also came through their lunchtime showdown without getting beaten and Aston Villa put a troubled week behind them to record a decisive triumph against West Ham, the top-flight's most highly-fancied teams have already made a statement.
And Carrick feels United will have to follow suit.
"The way it looks, you cannot afford to drop too many points," said the midfielder.
"Last season was a bit of a freak in terms of how many games both us and Chelsea lost and how many points were dropped.
"The previous few years there wasn't much margin for error and competition is pretty fierce again now.
"Teams who have finished around the Champions League places are looking to break through and you really have to start firing from the off."
Hailing from Wallsend, a meeting with Newcastle is always a special day for Carrick, even though he has never played for the St James' Park outfit in a career that took him to Old Trafford via West Ham and Tottenham.
He recognises the fact Chris Hughton's side will travel across the country fuelled by the confidence of last season's triumphs, when their stay in the Championship turned out to be far more brief that most pundits expected.
"Newcastle will be flying," said Carrick.
"They are back in the Premier League and what better place to start than Old Trafford.
"They obviously want to get off to a good start and build up some momentum themselves.
"It is only two years ago that we played them in the first game at Old Trafford and drew. Hopefully it will be better this time."
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is confident striker Andy Carroll will have recovered from his back problem in time to lead the line at Manchester United on Monday.
The 21-year-old suffered the injury in the Magpies' final pre-season friendly against Rangers but has trained this week.
Alan Smith (ankle) is also available but striker Leon Best and defender Danny Simpson are facing spells on the sidelines with similar problems.
Sol Campbell is not match-fit yet and will have to wait for his debut while defender Steven Taylor (shoulder) and new signing Dan Gosling (knee) are long-term absentees.
Chris Hughton admits a trip to Old Trafford is not what he would have chosen for Newcastle's first match back in the Barclays Premier League but he is determined his side will not show any fear.
The Magpies ran away with the Championship last season to book an immediate return to the top flight, where Hughton knows life will be much tougher.
Financial pressures forced Newcastle to sell a number of their more experienced players last summer and Hughton, who was given the permanent manager's job in November, has so far brought in only Sol Campbell, James Perch and Dan Gosling this time around.
Of that trio, only Perch has a chance of playing at Old Trafford as Campbell is still working his way back to match fitness and Gosling will miss the first few months of the season following knee surgery.
Newcastle can draw on happy memories of Manchester having drawn 1-1 with United on their last trip there two years ago, which coincidentally also came on the first day of the season.
But the Magpies' team that day included Shay Given, Charles N'Zogbia, James Milner, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins, all of whom have since left the club.
Hughton watched Sir Alex Ferguson's side collect their first trophy of the season with victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield last weekend, and he knows they have an uphill task if they are to take anything from Monday's match.
He said: "Looking at Manchester United on Sunday and the squad they've got and the quality they've got, it will be a massive challenge for us.
"But this is what we worked so hard for last season to get straight back up into this division.
"It's probably not the ideal choice. I think the ideal choice would have been to have a home game but we have been there before on the first game of the season two seasons ago and we certainly gave a very good account of ourselves so we're aware that everything's possible even though we're massive underdogs."
United off to winning start
Dimitar Berbatov repaid the faith of Sir Alex Ferguson by sending Manchester United on their way to a comfortable 3-0 season-opening Premier League victory over Newcastle.
Berbatov was handed a starting berth alongside Wayne Rooney and responded by drilling home an excellent 33rd-minute effort at Old Trafford.
The Bulgarian should have had another goal after half-time but, after Darren Fletcher had doubled the Red Devils' advantage shortly before the break, it was evergreen substitute Ryan Giggs who extended his remarkable record of scoring in every Premier League season when he latched on to Paul Scholes' inspired pass and sent a first-time volley bouncing past Steve Harper.
It was part of another masterclass from man-of-the-match Scholes, who with every game must make Fabio Capello cringe at his failure to lure the 35-year-old out of international retirement for World Cup duty in the summer.
The only real disappointment for United was another blank day for Wayne Rooney, who has now gone 13 matches for club and country since he last scored against Bayern Munich in March.
Questions will continue to be asked of Rooney until he starts to show the form that established himself as one of the world's leading players last season.
He succeeded only in battering a free-kick into the Newcastle wall with one obvious opportunity, then skied Berbatov's nod-back high over the bar when far better was expected.
Even his part in United's second goal was accidental as he failed to control Patrice Evra's low cross and succeeded only in prodding the ball towards Fletcher, whose smart turn and finish brought an admiring nod of approval from the unselfish England man.
Since his club record #30.5million arrival from Tottenham, Berbatov has often found himself as the man being sacrificed by Sir Alex Ferguson in the biggest United games.
With Javier Hernandez threatening to take Old Trafford by storm and Michael Owen's lack of match practice costing him a place on the bench, Berbatov knew he must start to impress on a more consistent basis.
He certainly showed Rooney the way to goal when Antonio Valencia showed admirable determination in getting back to win possession for his team which John O'Shea quickly moved forward to Scholes.
The old master wasted no time in pushing the ball towards the Bulgarian, who was marginally onside and profited further when Jose Enrique nudged the ball further forward as he attempted to tackle.
Berbatov steadied himself before drilling a shot from an acute angle into the far left corner.
It was the first harsh lesson of top-flight life for Newcastle, who surprised many, including Ferguson, by bouncing back from the Championship quite so soon.
Young striker Andy Carroll was one of the major factors in their promotion.
But after getting away from Nemanja Vidic with a superb run across the United box, he should have buried Joey Barton's corner instead of nodding a golden chance to put Newcastle ahead tamely wide.
Later, with the points effectively secure, United set about boosting their goal difference.
Rooney may be struggling to locate the net but there was plenty to be admired about his delicate touch to find Berbatov after Scholes had played the initial bullet pass.
It was a better chance than the one Berbatov had converted earlier. Again he beat Harper, but this time also put the ball wide of his left-hand post.
For Rooney, it was his last meaningful involvement before he was replaced by Hernandez.
At least he is another hour closer to the 600 minutes of playing time Capello thinks he needs to achieve top form, although the process would surely be accelerated if he could find the net.
Anything would do, including the bizarre one off his face that Hernandez managed in the Community Shield.
That goal ensured the Mexican was not searching for his first competitive goal as he chased about.
But it was the tracer-bullet accuracy of Giggs that proved to be the difference late on after he had been picked out by his old friend Scholes.
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