Thursday 14 November 2013
Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United eased to victory in their Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park.
Alan Shearer was denied by Roy Carroll and Patrick Kluivert came close in a blistering opening by Newcastle but it was the visitors who took a seventh-minute lead. Darren Fletcher swung in a cross from the right and Rooney turned and volleyed it past Shay Given.
The Magpies goalkeeper then denied Ruud van Nistelrooy, while at the other end Kluivert just missed from a tight angle.
Alan Shearer equalised in the 71st minute with a superb individual goal when he tackled Wes Brown and ran clear, before firing the ball home.
However, three minutes later, van Nistelrooy restored Manchester United’s lead from the penalty spot after Given had fouled Paul Scholes. Rooney made the game safe in the final minute after Titus Bramble had initially cleared van Nistelrooy’s shot off the line.
"We just feel hard done by again and we feel we're not getting much for our efforts," Newcastle manager Graeme Souness said.
The result left the visitors seventh in the table and 11 points behind leaders Chelsea while Newcastle were three places further back.
"It was a very hard game," Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. "Newcastle put everything into the match but some of our football was excellent."
Manchester United went on to finish third while the Magpies ended up 14th.