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Manchester United slump to fifth Premier League defeat

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Manchester United suffered their fifth Premier League defeat of the season, losing 1-0 to Newcastle United at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Yohan Cabaye scored the only goal of the game on the hour-mark to earn a famous victory for the Magpies, who had not won at Old Trafford since 1972.

It was the Red Devils' second league defeat at Old Trafford in the space of four days – and the result means that David Moyes's side stay ninth in the Premier League table.

Chances were far and far between the two sides during a relatively event-free first half.

Phil Jones had the game's first shot on goal after being picked out by the lively Adnan Januzaj, but his effort was comfortably saved by Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, who picked up the Premier League Player of the Month award for November.

The Magpies, who were looking to bounce back from Wednesday night's 3-0 defeat to Swansea City, were disciplined and well-organised from the first whistle.

And it was Alan Pardew's side who fashioned the best opportunity of the first half, when Loic Remy played a delightful pass through to Mathieu Debuchy, who drifted behind the static Patrice Evra. However, David de Gea produced a fine stop to bail out his teammate.

It proved to be another tough afternoon for Evra, although the France international went close to breaking the deadlock 10 minutes after the restart, when he popped up with a header from the corner which hit the post before rebounding back off Vurnon Anita's arm.

Referee Andre Marriner waved play on, despite the home side's protests, and minutes later Newcastle had taken the lead.

Moussa Sissoko got away down the right flank after winning a challenge with Evra, and the France international pulled the ball back for his compatriot to score what proved to be the winning goal.

Moyes sent on Wilfried Zaha for his Premier League debut in an attempt to rescue something from the match, along with Anderson and Antonio Valencia, but the closest United came to equalising was in the 71st minute, when a close-range Robin van Persie header was correctly ruled out by assistant referee Sian Massey for offside.

Newcastle remained defiant and resolute during the closing stages, and deservedly took three points which lift them up to sixth place in the Premier League table.

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