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Manchester United were beaten at home in the Barclays Premier League for the second time in four days, losing 1-0 to Newcastle United.
The Barclays Premier League title holders lost 1-0 against manager David Moyes' former club Everton on Wednesday and came unstuck again on Saturday to a Newcastle side who picked up their first away win at Old Trafford in the top flight since 1972.
Yohan Cabaye was the man on target for Newcastle, with the France midfielder scoring after an hour. He calmly finished inside the area after being played in by Moussa Sissoko to inflict consecutive home league defeats on the hosts for the first time since 2002. Alan Pardew's side had a slice of luck, however, as Vurnon Anita's clearance off the line at 0-0 might have hit his hand, before Robin van Persie saw what would have been an equalising goal ruled out for offside.
Moyes made one change in defence, bringing in Jonny Evans to replace Chris Smalling while making wholesale changes in his midfield. Nani, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Adnan Januzaj were all brought in following the midweek loss, with Van Persie returning from a groin injury up front in the absence of the suspended Wayne Rooney. Pardew made one change from his side's 3-0 reverse at Swansea City, bringing Anita into the midfield, with striker Shola Ameobi dropping to the bench.
Jones had the first effort of the game after eight minutes, forcing a comfortable save from Tim Krul, before Cleverley too had a shot inside the area that was well charged down by the visiting defence.
Loic Remy flashed a header wide for Newcastle, while Cabaye could have done better with an effort he dragged wide six minutes before the half-hour. Pardew's side did well to stifle their opponents, limiting the defending champions to half-chances and, with Mathieu Debuchy seeing two efforts well saved late in the half, the scores were goalless at the break.
Krul was called into action in the second half, with Javier Hernandez getting a shot away after a lofted ball from Van Persie, before Patrice Evra's header was cleared off the line by Anita.
On the hour Cabaye stroked home side-footed from inside the area to hand the visitors the lead. Moyes' men applied the pressure late on but Newcastle held on to bounce back from their midweek defeat at Swansea City in superb fashion.
Man United manager David Moyes: "I stand firm that we'll be very close [to the title race]. It's the job, when I came here I knew it was never going to be easy. [I'm] disappointed with the result. There were bits of the game where we needed a bit of luck and that didn't happen.
"We've lacked a little bit of creativity at times. We've lost the two games [Everton and Newcastle] 1-0 and both have perhaps been a bit against the run of play. United fans have been great and they understand it's about transition. We'll work and try to improve and try to get better."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "It's one of the top moments in my time here, it's been 41 years we've been waiting [to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford]. It was a magnificent performance. We won't get the headlines because of 'Poor old United and David [Moyes]', but we deserve the headlines because we were magnificent.
"We really kept the ball well and made it difficult [for Manchester United]. It's been a great day for us and our fans. I felt we had a good control of the game, they didn't have too many moments. The slip-up at Swansea was disappointing and maybe I should take some of the blame. The four victories we had were a little bit more direct and I asked us to play differently. We've won with both styles.
"Hatem Ben Arfa changed the game off the bench and he now knows the sort of work rate you need in this team."
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