Manchester United Defeat Newcastle United 2 – 1 in a Thrilling Encounter

Manchester United restored there top of the table lead to 7 points after a hard fought win over Newcastle United. Edwin Van Der Sar finally conceded a goal after 1,311 minutes when he spilled Gutierrez’s shot only for Lovenkrands to slot home and give Newcastle a surprising lead. But the lead didn’t last long as Wayne Rooney produced a brilliant first touch and fired in the equalizer from 20 yards. It was the turn of Newcastle to make a mistake, and Steven Taylor tried to chest back the ball back to Steve Harper only for Ji Sung Park to steal it and slide it to Berbatov to slot home the winner.

Manchester United made 7 changes to the team that started the Carling Cup final with Van Der Sar back in goal and Rooney partnering Berbatov up front. Newcastle started the game in the fine fashion with Gutierrez and Martins causing problems for the visitors and attacking on the break. Van Der Sar has been highly praised for his recent performances in which he has not conceded a goal since November but he was at fault which led to Newcastle taking an early lead on 9 minutes. Gutierrez shot from the left but Van Der Sar could palm it out to Lovenkrands to slot home a simple opener. Manchester United responded well with Rooney testing Steve Harper but Newcastle again attacked on the break with Martins shooting just wide. read more »

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