Manchester United were looking to bounce back from a midweek loss to Everton as they hosted an in-form Newcastle who were in high spirits after Alan Pardew and Tim Krul picked up the manager and player of the month awards respectively.

There wasn't a lot of opportunities created in the first half with Manchester United sorely lacking creativity in midfield.

Krul was only forced into making one save during the first half which was from a shot from the edge of the area by Phil Jones.

Newcastle had the best effort before half-time, when Mathieu Debuchy found space to fire in a shot from the right of the area that was pushed away by David de Gea.

Manchester United improved in the second half when Javier Hernandez tested Krul and Patrice Evra’s header was kept out by the post and Vurnon Anita.

However it was Newcastle who scored when Moussa Sissoko pulled the ball back on the right to Yohan Cabaye who finished in the bottom left corner.

Manchester United who have a reputation for comebacks and last-minute goals could only muster an offside goal by Robin van Persie, an AdnanJanuzaj shot that Krul saved and a wayward shot by Premier League debutant Wilfred Zaha. 

Manchester United sorely missed Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney as the Premier League champions lacked a creative spark, which left Van Persie anonymous.

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