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Danny Welbeck challenges Cheick Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Phil Jones puts the ball into his own goal from 12 yards. Newcastle 3-0 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Tim Krul.
Foul by Danny Welbeck on Cheick Tiote, free kick awarded. Gabriel Obertan is brought on as a substitute for Demba Ba. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Fabricio Coloccini concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Centre by Luis Nani, save made by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Best by Michael Carrick. Free kick crossed by Ryan Taylor.
Foul by Leon Best on Phil Jones, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by Cheick Tiote.
Short corner taken by Rio Ferdinand from the right by-line.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Davide Santon.
Short corner worked by Patrice Evra.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Davide Santon on Luis Nani. Oliveira Anderson takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Cheick Tiote challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Cheick Tiote. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Ryan Giggs sends in a cross, Davide Santon manages to make a clearance.
Luis Nani produces a cross, save by Tim Krul.
The referee blows for offside against Javier Hernandez. (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with James Perch coming on for Yohan Cabaye. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Oliveira Anderson replaces Wayne Rooney. Leon Best joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shola Ameobi. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Taylor, Demba Ba has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
Yohan Cabaye fouled by Michael Carrick, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Fabricio Coloccini results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Ryan Taylor takes the outswinging corner, Anders Lindegaard makes a save.
Jonas Gutierrez is caught offside. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Ji-Sung Park goes off and Javier Hernandez comes on. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Ji-Sung Park produces a cross, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Tim Krul by Wayne Rooney results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Antonio Valencia challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Antonio Valencia booked for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Ryan Giggs delivers the ball.
Ji-Sung Park sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon by Antonio Valencia. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Luis Nani, Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Danny Simpson.
Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Yohan Cabaye results in a free kick. Phil Jones takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Patrice Evra. Dimitar Berbatov goes off and Danny Welbeck comes on. Phil Jones takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Taylor from the left by-line, Mike Williamson has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Taylor.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Taylor, Patrice Evra gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia.
Shot by Luis Nani. Save by Tim Krul.
The ball is swung over by Cheick Tiote, Anders Lindegaard makes a save.
Ryan Taylor challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ji-Sung Park restarts play with the free kick.
Wayne Rooney challenges Fabricio Coloccini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Effort from 30 yards by Demba Ba. Save by Anders Lindegaard.
Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Demba Ba. The referee books Phil Jones for unsporting behaviour. Yohan Cabaye grabs a goal direct from the free kick from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Demba Ba.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Giggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Demba Ba. Shot comes in from Ryan Taylor from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Ryan Giggs. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Antonio Valencia on Davide Santon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs played to the near post, clearance by Demba Ba.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, Ryan Taylor makes a clearance.
Centre by Shola Ameobi, save by Anders Lindegaard.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Cheick Tiote challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Giggs takes the free kick.
Demba Ba finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Shola Ameobi.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Foul by Demba Ba on Rio Ferdinand, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Taylor.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabricio Coloccini on Ji-Sung Park. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Antonio Valencia on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Cheick Tiote, Header from deep inside the area by Shola Ameobi goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Jonas Gutierrez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia. Antonio Valencia takes the direct free kick.
Yohan Cabaye sends in a cross.
Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Fabricio Coloccini takes the indirect free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
Yohan Cabaye is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Wayne Rooney.
Danny Simpson produces a cross, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor from the left by-line, Anders Lindegaard makes a save.
Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.
Luis Nani sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra, Headed effort from inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov strikes the post.
Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Patrice Evra crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Taylor.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Luis Nani. Tim Krul makes a save.
Foul by Mike Williamson on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
Cheick Tiote takes a shot. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.
Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Save by Anders Lindegaard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheick Tiote on Wayne Rooney. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Yohan Cabaye, save by Anders Lindegaard.
Danny Simpson crosses the ball.
Danny Simpson crosses the ball, save by Anders Lindegaard.
The ball is crossed by Ji-Sung Park, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
Fergie too good for comparison - Pardew
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits Sir Alex Ferguson has simply been too successful to be considered the benchmark for his managerial colleagues.
The 70-year-old Manchester United manager will take the reigning Barclays Premier League champions to Tyneside on Wednesday night having seen arch-rivals Manchester City fail to take advantage of their slip-up against Blackburn on New Year's Eve by losing at Sunderland the following day.
Pardew and his players are determined to send them packing as they attempt to bounce back from defeat at Liverpool to keep pace with the top six.
However, Pardew insists aspiring to match Ferguson is a task too far.
Asked if the Scot is the benchmark for all other managers, he said: "He isn't really because he's just ridiculous.
"Something like 50 trophies - you just can't possibly imagine getting yourself into a position to win that many.
"But in the terms of the way he handles his club and the way he runs his club, he is a bit more fortunate than a lot of us because he has a lot of power there and he has earned that power.
"That's what we all aim to do."
Ferguson's longevity has given him an iron grip on his club, a fact he demonstrated on Saturday when he left England striker Wayne Rooney out of the side following a Boxing Day night out.
But it is behind the scenes at Old Trafford where he wields an influence of which most of his counterparts can only dream.
Pardew said: "As a manager, that's a decision [the Rooney decision] I would have to make, I can make those sort of decisions.
"It's bigger decisions - transfers, the way the club plays, the emphasis on what the style of the club is going to be and being able to dictate that rather than having a general manager or a director who wants to influence that.
"I'm lucky here in that I have got a bit of a free hand. I have got no general football manager here.
"I haven't earned the power that Alex has got, of course, yet, but I am one of the few lucky ones."
Rooney, who is understood to have been fined for incurring his manager's wrath, is expected to return to the starting line-up and he could be joined by Rio Ferdinand and Chris Smalling as United attempt to bounce back from their shock 3-2 home defeat by Blackburn.
Asked about the Rooney situation, Pardew said with a smile: "I don't think it's going to last for our game.
"Those scenarios happen on the training ground and managers stand by their decisions.
"They have had injuries, for sure, but I am well informed that there will be a few back for this game, and I am not surprised by that.
"Alex knows it's a tough game, coming to Newcastle, so I expect to see a few of the more famous names on that sheet.
"But when you look at their squad, they have still got the biggest and best squad in the division, and that's why they are the champions."
Pardew has a minor doubt over former United midfielder Gabriel Obertan, who has an infected toe, but is expected to make the squad.
Phil Jones may have been critical of United's performance against Blackburn but he is still loving life at the summit.
Despite that shock defeat, United remain on course to top the mini-table covering all five games of the festive period.
Having been given a reprieve by City's shock defeat at Sunderland, the Red Devils will stay in the thick of the title battle if they have better fortunes than their neighbours when they head to the north east.
To enjoy such experiences is one of the major reasons why Jones left Blackburn last summer.
Whilst helping his hometown club secure their top-flight status on the final day of last season represented a fulfilling achievement he will never forget, Jones concedes it is far better to be involved at the other end of the table.
"I am excited," he said. "I am loving it. It was a nice feeling to get out of trouble with Blackburn on the last day of the season.
"It is an even nicer feeling knowing you are at the top of the table with a fantastic chance of winning the English title."
Ba inspires rampant Newcastle
Newcastle striker Demba Ba signed off in style as Manchester United's hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title were dealt a fresh blow with a 3-0 defeat.
The free signing plundered his 15th goal of the season in what seems certain to be his final appearance for the Magpies before heading off on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal to set United on the way to their first back-to-back league defeats for 10 months.
Frenchman Yohan Cabaye sealed a first victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's men in more than 10 years with a stunning 47th-minute free-kick with Phil Jones' late own goal simply cementing their seventh place in the table.
Even Wayne Rooney's return from his exile could not spark United into life as Newcastle added to the pain inflicted on his side by lowly Blackburn at the weekend in front of a delighted crowd of 52,299.
Keeper Anders Lindegaard, who has repeatedly warned he had not joined United simply to "pick his nose", was handed a start in place of David de Gea, unlike Magpies midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, who was named only among the substitutes despite declaring roughly the same sentiment in the run-up to the game.
Pardew sent out his side having seen them win just one of their last eight league games and knowing the challenge of improving on that run could hardly be much more difficult against a wounded United.
However, his players set about their task with a real relish and while they were forced to defend in determined fashion throughout, they did so more than competently with skipper Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson in particularly miserly form.
In addition, they produced enough of an attacking threat not only to keep the champions on their toes, but to take a lead they rarely looked like relinquishing.
Indeed, Pardew's men, having survived an early scare when Coloccini just managed to cut out Ryan Giggs' attempted through-ball to Dimitar Berbatov in the opening minute, took the game to the visitors in the early stages.
Ba was uncharacteristically wasteful when he failed to make a meaningful connection with Danny Simpson's teasing fourth-minute cross, and Cabaye tested Lindegaard's mettle with a shot from distance two minutes later.
The Dane also had to deal with Cheick Tiote's skidding long-range drive, although as United worked their way into the game, it was they who started to threaten.
Tim Krul had to make a smart reaction save from Nani's 12th-minute snapshot, and the keeper managed to claim the rebound before the predatory Rooney was able to pounce.
Berbatov clipped the outside of the post with a deflected header three minutes later, but Newcastle were not content to sit back and defend.
They had been awarded and converted a contentious penalty in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in November, and they were appealing for another with 25 minutes gone, this time in vain, after Ba went down in a tangle of legs with Rio Ferdinand, the man whose challenge on Ben Arfa had been ruled illegal on home turf.
But the former West Ham frontman got his chance 12 minutes before the break, and as so often this season, took it in spectacular fashion.
Shola Ameobi climbed high above Phil Jones to flick on Krul's long free-kick and Ba swivelled instantly to smash a right-foot volley high past the stranded Lindegaard.
Ryan Taylor curled a 44th-minute free-kick just over after Tiote had left Rooney for dead with a neat trick and Ba prompted Giggs to foul him 30 yards out.
Lindegaard also had to deal with a nastily dipping Ba effort from distance in injury-time with the Magpies sensing an opportunity.
Jones' first season at Old Trafford has been largely exemplary, but the youngster's difficult evening on Tyneside took a further turn for the worse within seconds of the restart.
He barged Ba to the ground 30 yards out as the striker threatened to run away from him, and Cabaye curled the resulting free-kick in off the underside of the crossbar with Lindegaard once again helpless.
Central defender Williamson headed a 55th-minute Ryan Taylor corner just over with the Magpies pinning the visitors back to thwart their efforts to launch a recovery.
United would have been back in it within four minutes had it not been for old boy Danny Simpson, who somehow managed to block Rooney's point-blank volley from a Nani cross.
The visitors were enjoying their best spell of the game as Newcastle's defending became increasingly desperate.
But with no sign of a breakthrough, Rooney made way for midfielder Anderson with 15 minutes remaining, although United's efforts became increasingly toothless with the home side simply needing to maintain concentration.
That they did, and Jones' miserable evening was complete in the final minute of normal time when he headed Krul's deep free-kick into his own net.
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