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Gordon goal gives Newcastle win over Utd


Gordon goal gives Newcastle win over Utd

Anthony Gordon scored the winner as Newcastle United held off a frenzied late push by Manchester United in a 1-0 Premier League victory over their top-four rivals on a chilly night at St James' Park on Saturday (Dec 2). Eddie Howe's team climbed above Manchester United into fifth in the table on 26 points after 14 games as Erik ten Hag's side dropped to seventh on 24. The Magpies have won three consecutive games against Manchester in all competitions for the first time since January 1922.

Anthony Gordon scored a 55th-minute winner as Newcastle United outplayed and defeated Manchester United for the second time in just over a month. But the victory came at a price as goalkeeper Nick Pope suffered what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury.

In-form Gordon tapped in Kieran Trippier's low cross at the far post to give Newcastle a richly deserved success that took them above their opponents and to within reach of the Premier League's top four.

It came 31 days after Eddie Howe's side recorded an emphatic 3-0 victory at OId Trafford in the Carabao Cup (EFL Cup).

Howe's already injury-ravaged side should have been in front before the break as Alexander Isak's shot was deflected narrowly wide by Harry Maguire before Trippier's brilliantly struck free-kick bounced to safety off the underside of the bar.

When a goal finally came for Newcastle, there was no surprise it should come from Gordon, whose left-sided partnership with Tino Livramento had been too much for Manchester United to cope with.

Newcastle's win means they have beaten Manchester United in three consecutive games for the first time in more than a century.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka denied Newcastle a second with an inspired goalline block, only for Fabian Schar to do something similar to keep out Sergio Reguilon's effort, the nearest the visitors came to avoiding their sixth defeat of the campaign.

However, it was in trying to save that Pope was hurt, with the England man immediately signalling he could not continue.

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