Manchester United vs. Newcastle: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2012

Manchester United fought back brilliantly at Old Trafford on Wednesday, coming back from three one-goal deficits to win 4-3 over Newcastle United.

James Perch opened the scoring early in the fourth minute, putting Newcastle up 1-0 on a rebound shot. Twenty minutes later Manchester United's Jonathan Evans leveled the match at 1-1. A controversial own goal by Evans three minutes later put Newcastle up 2-1 heading into halftime.

Patrice Evra would level the match at 2-2 in the 58th minute. Ten minutes later, Newcastle's Papiss Demba Cisse scored to give Newcastle the lead for the third time, 3-2. But Robin van Persie would level just three minutes later.

Javier Hernandez played the hero for Manchester United in the waning moments, scoring in the 90th minute to break the deadlock and lift the home squad to a win and three big points. 

Before the match, BBC Sport tweeted the following stat about Manchester United on Boxing Day, which proved to be a telling one:

Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle: Man U have the best PL record on Boxing Day but this is 5th time they have fallen behind at home in PL this season

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 26, 2012

 

While Manchester United fans are now celebrating a thrilling come-from-behind victory, many were upset by the team's poor play during the first half. James Dolman tweeted this with United trailing 2-1 at halftime:

Things can only get better... Because that was abysmal. #MUFC #NUFC #Halftime

— James Dolman (@JamesDolman) December 26, 2012

 

Football reporter Damian Johnson agreed:

Controversy aside I Can't recall ever seeing #mufc so lacklustre in 1st halfv #nufc at Old Trafford #bbcfootball

— DAMIAN JOHNSON (@JohnsonDamian) December 26, 2012

 

But perhaps it was Sir Alex Ferguson's constant criticism of the officials that helped spark his club in the second half. Daily Telegraph correspondent Henry Winter reported on Ferguson's sideline antics at the beginning of the second half:

Sir Alex Ferguson on the pitch before kick-off of 2nd half arguing with referee Mike Dean over #nufc 2nd. #mufc

— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 26, 2012

 

Like Kristen on Twitter, most football fans were captivated by Wednesday's electric Premier League clash at Old Trafford:

What an absolute cracking Boxing Day fixture this is #NUFC #MUFC

— Kristen (@Gravery) December 26, 2012

 

The win moves Manchester United (46 points) seven points ahead of Manchester City on the Premier League table, while Newcastle sit way back in 15th, with 20 points.

 

Jonathan Evans, Manchester United: C

Jonny Evans' Boxing Day went from amazing to terrible in a matter of minutes on Wednesday, as he leveled the match at 1-1 in the 25th minute, only to give Newcastle the lead three minutes later on a controversial own goal. 

A few minutes later, Evans picked up a yellow card to add to his troubles. 

 

James Perch, Newcastle United: B

It was a case of being in the right place at the right time for Newcastle midfielder James Perch against Manchester United. Demba Ba launched a shot at Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, which he deflected back out right to the feet of Perch, who crushed the ball into the back of the net to put Newcastle ahead 1-0 less than five minutes into the match.

Perch was quiet the rest of the way, though.

 

Robin van Persie, Manchester United: A

RVP was back to his usual ways on Wednesday, scoring a crucial second-half goal to level the match at 3-3, ultimately giving Chicharito a shot at winning the match late. 

 

Demba Ba, Newcastle United: B

Ba was arguably the most active Newcastle player on the attack Wednesday, getting off a handful of shots and playing a huge role in the team's first goal. Unfortunately, Ba never found the back of the net, and his squad was outscored on the road. 

 

Chicharito, Manchester United: A

You can't get much more clutch than Javier Hernandez was against Newcastle. The player better known as Chicharito scored in the 90th minute to put Manchester United ahead with just minutes left.

Chicharito been knocking at the door all match long, so he was deserving of the game winner. RVP should certainly be credited for his 71st minute equalizer, but Hernandez's goal gave United the lead and thus makes him the Boxing Day hero. 

 

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