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Juan Mata stars in Manchester United win

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Juan Mata proved to be the difference with two goals, as a very strong showing from the number eight put Manchester United at ease as they defeated Newcastle 0-4 at St James' Park 

With Wayne Rooney out, David Moyes played two potential number tens in Shinji Kagawa and Mata, with the later edition of Adnan Januzaj, who came on for the mildly injured Young.

Mata's first goal of the day came in the 39th minute, as he artfully curled the ball into an area of the net invitingly left open by Rob Elliot.

Elliot redeemed himself later on to deny a forceful strike from Hernandez and tip it on to the post. 

Mata next found the net in the 50th minute, after Hernandez once again tore open a Toon defence with a high line, dummied Rob Elliot, and laid the ball off to Mata for a comfortable finish. 

United from then on took control, as Hernandez finally got his second goal in as many games, his 42nd in a Red shirt, following a wonderful set up from former Borussia Dortmund man  Kagawa, who seems to be finding his feet.

Great teamwork and a series of one-touch passes also saw a fantastic finish from young winger Adnan Januzaj in the 92nd minute, who also seems to be finding a groove in red.

Anders Lindegaard  had a fine shift between the sticks as he denied Cisse on three different occasions to keep the Toon out of the match. 

This game marks another defeat for the Magpies without Pardew in the dugout, and with two more games in the stand left for the manager, their top ten finish looks very much in jeopardy. 

Newcastle seem to be staggering towards the finish line without the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy to give them goals, and their lack of quality in the final third is painfully evident, highlighting the need for Mike Ashley and Pardew to work together in the summer to bring goals the way of the club.

Newcastle will no doubt look to take something from their next away fixture at Stoke City, to stem the tide. 

The Reds' Champions League opponents, Bayern Munich, made an extremely rare slip up earlier today, as they were defeated 0-1 at the hands of FC Augsburg, ending a 61-match scoring run. 

With smiles back on the faces of the United faithful, as well as in the dressing room, the Reds will be cautiously optimistic with regard to the next leg of their tie at the Allianz Arena.

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