After a 41 year wait, Newcastle United have recorded a historic victory at Old Trafford. Alan Pardew celebrated his Barclays Manager of the Month award, along with his third year in the job, with an emphatic 1-0 win over the champions, lifting the Magpies to sixth in the league.
Yohan Cabaye’s 61st minute strike was enough to condemn Manchester United to a second consecutive home loss, the first since 2002, as the pressure piles on David Moyes.
Cabaye led the Tyneside French revolution, adding to the 19 out of 20 goals scored by a Frenchman for Newcastle, as he was found by Moussa Sissoko’s pull-back, side footing the ball into de Gea’s bottom right corner.
Manchester United came close to taking the lead early on in the second half, when Evra was denied a third successive goal against the Magpies by a combination of the post and Vernon Anita’s hand.
“The most important thing was there was psychology in the changing room to win. It was important that we made a statement at the start of the game.” – Alan Pardew
Tiote proved instrumental in the centre of the park with a 90% pass completion, seven ball recoveries, five out of six successful tackles and four interceptions, as he was deployed to cut off the midfield from Van Persie. And it worked to great effect, with Moyes’ central pairing of Jones and Cleverley only creating one chance between the Englishmen.
“I just want to say that for our fans that was a brilliant day. I know for them it was a huge win. Our players were very conscious of that 41 years. They were really determined to put that right” – Alan Pardew
Often criticised for a lack of tactical nous, Pardew displayed a winning mentality and nullified the Red Devil’s attacking threat throughout the match. Such was Newcastle’s strength and organisation, Van Persie failed to test his compatriot Krul with a single shot, as his headed goal was disallowed for offside. Moyes’ men look firmly out of the title race, with Saturday’s defeat leaving them 12 points behind leaders Arsenal, slumping down into 9th, whereas Pardew’s side left Manchester on a well earned high revelling in a famous win.