Sunday 07 October 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson said that Manchester United were back to their best after his side completed an emphatic 3-0 victory against Newcastle United.
Returning to the venue where they were beaten by the same scoreline in January, Ferguson's charges raced into a two-goal lead thanks to early headers by defenders Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra.
"To come here and win 3-0 against a very powerful and aggressive Newcastle you have to really perform"
Sir Alex Ferguson
Any thoughts of a Magpies' comeback were quashed by Tom Cleverley's spectacular curling effort on 71 minutes and the United manager was clearly delighted with the away display.
"It was a great result," said Ferguson. "To come here and win 3-0 against a very powerful and aggressive Newcastle you have to really perform," he said. "In the second half against Tottenham [in the 3-2 defeat] we were terrific, but the first half spoiled the whole day, but today we were on top of our game.
"The concentration was terrific and the determination was there."
The visitors survived a scare at 2-0 when Demba Ba was denied first by the bar and then by David De Gea, who clawed away Papiss Cisse's attempt on the rebound just before it could cross the line.
Ferguson, who felt Cleverley's goal was an attempted cross, admitted the pressure had been on his team not to fall further behind leaders Chelsea. "I think there was pressure," he said. "You don't want to fall behind too far," he said.
As far as Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was concerned he side were punished for a slow start in which two goals were scored from corners.
"At the start Manchester United were fast out of the blocks and I don't think we saw the ball in that period, the first eight minutes or whatever it was," he said.
"We've conceded two from set-pieces and you can't give a team like Manchester United a two-goal lead. That's something we're going to have to cover and make sure we're better at next time.
"After that though, I have to say, I was proud of our team. We stuck at it, took the game to United, made a few chances. For the last 20 minutes of the first half I thought we were terrific. I thought we perhaps deserved a goal."
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Newcastle United 0-3 Manchester United: view match report, stats and photos here