Manchester United vs. Newcastle United: Premier League as It Happened
Goals: 5' Perch. 29' Evans og, 68' Cisse (New), 25' Evans, 58' Evra, 71' van Persie, 90' Hernandez (Man Utd)
Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs; Hernandez, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Vidic, Cleverley, Fletcher, Buttner, Wootton, Tunnicliffe.
Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Anita, Perch, Bigirimana; Cisse, Ba, Marveaux. Subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Ferguson, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Campbell, Shola Ameobi.
90+9'- The final whistle blows, and the home support breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Newcastle United were plucky, scoring through James Perch, Papiss Cisse and a Jonny Evans own goal, but efforts from Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Robin van Persie and a late Javier Hernandez winner saw Manchester United extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points.
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90+8'- Danny Simpson fires wide from outside the area as that looks to be that for Newcastle. Robin van Persie then wins a free kick within the Newcastle half.
90+6'- Vurnon Anita is having to be stretchered off here as his injury looks to be a bad one. Antonio Valencia could have been sent off for his late lunge.
It's official, Sunderland have shocked Manchester City 1-0 at home thanks to an Adam Johnson goal. How poetic.
90+4'- Vurnon Anita goes down injured with seconds left on the clock.
Sunderland are stll winning against Manchester City. United go seven points clear if results stay the same.
90+3'- Hernandez then makes way for Darren Fletcher. Job not done yet for United who still need to hold on for another couple of minutes.
Manchester United 4-3 Newcastle United
90+1'- GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL UNITED!
Javier Hernandez is the hero as he slides home to get on the end of a beautiful Michael Carrick cross. Old Trafford is sent into delerium.
How about that United fans. Merry Christmas.
89'- Robin van Persie then heads a Ryan Giggs cross just wide of Tim Krul's goal.
Four additional minutes to be played here, can United score... they always score?
88'- Ryan Giggs finds the ball at his feet in great position within the Newcastle box, lifts the ball in towards Hernandez, but the Mexican's header is straight at Krul.
Like the game against Swansea, United have had plenty of chances to win the game, but just haven't been able to find the back of the net late on.
86'- Sammy Ameobi hits the post for Newcastle! The young winger dribbles inside before shooting low on goal, de Gea helpless. Either side could easily win it here late on.
84'- United continue to threaten, as Newcastle have to beat away wave after wave of United attacks.
Robin van Persie and Ryan Giggs both swing free kicks into the area, but nothing comes of them as time ticks away.
82'- Mike Dean calls van Persie for a free kick near halfway that sees more protests from Sir Alex on the sidelines.
The referee has not had the best game today, getting several big decisions wrong.
80'- Huge moment as Michael Carrick lifts a pass over the Newcastle defence to van Persie, but the Dutchman volleys inches wide.
Seconds later Javier Hernandez hits the post with a free header inside the box. How have United not scored there?
78'- Huge appeals for a penalty as a Javier Hernandez effort clearly strikes Fabricio Coloccini's outstrectched arm. Difficult one, but it looked a good shout.
Sir Alex is back out on the sideline stalking Mike Dean. He'll have plenty to say in the wake of this match.
76'- End-to-end stuff as van Persie releases Evra into acres of space down the left flank, but the Frenchman's cross is easy collected by Krul.
What a crazy game this has been. If United win and City lose at Sunderland, the Red Devils will go seven points clear at the summit of the Premier League table. Crazy!
73'- Unbelievable chance as Javier Hernandez is played in one-on-one, dribbles around Krul, but can't pick out a teammate from a tight angle.
Moments later a Ryan Giggs cross finds Valencia in the far post, but the winger miskicks his volley on goal.
71'- GOAL UNITED!
Manchester United continue to give their fans heart attacks as Robin van Persie slams home his second effort from close range after an almighty scramble inside Tim Krul's box.
3-3 now, and all to play for,
68'- GOAL NEWCASTLE!
Obertan gets to the byline before cutting back to Papiss Cisse in space. The striker slams his shot into the top corner to make it 3-2. Crazy!
65'- Oh no, United are in trouble now. Gabriel Obertan comes on for Gael Bigirimana.
A Ryan Giggs cross then falls at the feet of Chris Smalling in the Newcastle box, but the defender's shot deflects wide.
63'- Hearts-in-mouths moment as Demba Ba almost finds the ball at his feet in space, five yards out from de Gea's goal. The ball rolls harmlessly back to the keeper, though. Newcastle still look dangerous in attack.
Manchester United 2-2 Newcastle United
61'- United continue to pound away at Newcastle as Robin van Persie makes a promising run into the box.
That goal has brought the Old Trafford crowd back to life now... I wonder if they also know that Sunderland are up against Manchester City?
59'- GOAL UNITED!
The home side are back in business as goal scoring extraordinaire Patrice Evra fires a low shot home from just outside the Newcastle area.
An assist to the slippery surface at Old Trafford, four on the season for Evra.
57'- Evans plays an atrocious pass forward towards Javier Hernandez that bounces comfortably through to Tim Krul.
Newcastle have given United plenty of space to attack them in this game, the Red Devils have just been terrible in the final third.
55'- Javier Hernandez takes a tumble shoulder-to-shoulder with Fabricio Coloccini in the Newcastle area, but Mike Dean waves play on.
Manchester United 1-2 Newcastle United
53'- Demba Ba heads narrowly wide from a Papiss Cisse cross.
Tom Cleverley is seen removing his training shirt on the sidelines as he prepares to come on. Paul Scholes to make way you would think.
50'- Valencia fights to win back possession near halfway, but his subsequent through ball towards Hernandez finds the Mexican in an offside position.
Newcastle have only won once in their last 20 league league meetings with Manchester United, losing 14 and drawing five. They're looking good for at least one point today.
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