• English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Old Trafford
  • Attendance: 75,596
Man UtdMan UtdvNewcastleNewcastle
  • Evans, 25
  • Evra, 58
  • van Persie, 71
  • Hernández, 90
  • Perch, 4
  • Evans, og 28
  • Cissé, 68

live commentary

99 mins:Full Time: Man Utd 4-3 Newcastle. Its all over! United have won it in pulsating style. Newcastle will be gutted to come away with nothing.

98 mins:After play finally resumes, Newcastle come forward but it all comes to nothing as Simpson slices a shot wide.

94 mins:Vernon Anita is down after a tackle with Valencia. He is going to be stretchered off.

93 mins:Time is ticking away now.

92 mins:Hernandez is replaced by Fletcher.

91 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 4-3 NEWCASTLE. Carrick picks out HERNANDEZ with a wonderful pass and the Mexican finishes brilliantly on the half volley. Match winner?

90 mins:Four minutes of stoppage time to play!

89 mins:Giggs crosses for van Persie at the far post but he can't find the target. Santon did enough to put the Dutchman off.

87 mins:van Persie finds Giggs who stands a cross up for Hernandez but he heads straight at Krul from close range.

85 mins:van Persie delivers a free-kick from the right hand side but its over-hit and bounces behind.

83 mins:Obertan squeezes an effort on goal from the edge of the box but its easy for De Gea.

82 mins:Is there a winner coming here? Both sides will fancy their chances of nicking the three points.

80 mins:Valencia bursts down the right hand side and crosses for the un-marked Hernandez but his glancing header goes clips the post on its way wide.

78 mins:Shouts for a penalty from United as Hernandez's shot is blocked by the hand of Coloccini. Referee Dean is winning himself no friends in the home crowd.

77 mins:van Persie feeds the marauding Evra but the Frenchman's cross is straight at Krul.

75 mins:Marveaux shoots instinctively from twenty five yards but it's straight at De Gea.

73 mins:United break quickly and Cleverley slips in Hernandez but he can't squeeze a shot in after rounding Krul.

71 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 3-3 NEWCASTLE. WHAT A GAME! van Persie forces a good save from Krul but the ball eventually breaks back to the striker who strokes into the bottom corner.

69 mins:Scholes is replaced by Cleverley.

68 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 2-3 NEWCASTLE. Newcastle lead once again. Obertan gets down the left hand side and crosses low for CISSE who slams it home.

66 mins:Smalling brings down Giggs' cross in a crowded area but his shot is well blocked by Williamson.

65 mins:Gael Bigirimana is replaced by former United winger Obertan.

64 mins:Cisse is booked for a cynical foul on Evra as United looked to break.

62 mins:With a little under half an hour to go, this game is well and truly in the balance.

60 mins:Perch goes into the book for a late tackle on Evans in the Newcastle half.

58 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 2-2 NEWCASTLE. EVRA picks the ball up on the edge of the box and fires a shot beyond Krul.

56 mins:Hernandez is flagged offside as he looks to get on the end of van Persie's through ball.

54 mins:Hernandez appeals for a penalty after tumbling under a challenge from Coloccini, but there's nothing giving from referee Dean.

53 mins:Cisse curls a cross towards Ba at the front post but his header is blocked behind by Ferdinand.

51 mins:Santon forces his way to the byline but his low pull-back is easily dealt with by Ferdinand.

49 mins:Giggs gets to the byline and pulls it back for van Persie but he can only send the awkward volley wide of the near post.

48 mins:We've seen a slow start to this second period. The ball has been bouncing around the midfield.

46 mins:The second half begins.

45 mins:Halftime: Man Utd 1-2 Newacastle. Goals either side of Evans' equalizer gives Newcastle a narrow lead at the break.

44 mins:van Persie takes the free-kick but the curling effort drifts well wide of the mark.

44 mins:Giggs steps inside Williamson as he drives forward and the center half brings him down. Yellow card.

42 mins:Valencia drives in a low cross towards Hernandez but Williamson's outstretched leg makes the block.

40 mins:Marveaux takes the free-kick and hits it with dip and curl but it smashes against the crossbar. De Gea was never getting near that.

39 mins:Hernandez is cautioned for a trip on the breaking Marveaux on the edge of the United area.

38 mins:Scholes clips the ball into the run of Evra at the far post but the Frenchman has strayed offside.

36 mins:Evans is cautioned for a cynical foul on Cisse.

35 mins:Santon makes a good run forward and cuts inside before shooting but the effort is well saved by De Gea.

33 mins:van Persie's free-kick from deep is towards the back post but Krul is able to punch clear.

31 mins:Well, what impact will that decision have on the game?

29 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 1-2 NEWCASTLE. Newcastle lead in controversial circumstances. Simpson's shot is deflected in by Evans ahead of Cisse who was offside. After a lengthy discussion with his assitant, Mike Dean gives the goal.

27 mins:Ba fires a long-range effort towards the top corner but it flies narrowly wide.

25 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 1-1 NEWCASTLE. van Persie's corner isn't cleared by the visitors and the ball eventually breaks for EVANS who slides into the open net.

24 mins:This is a better spell for United. Another good ball into the box from Smalling but at the moment the Magpies are holding firm.

22 mins:Giggs steps away from Simpson and flashes a cross towards van Persie but its headed clear by Coloccini.

20 mins:It's not been vintage from the Reds so far. Smalling's aimless pass is easily cut out by Williamson.

18 mins:Williamson heads for goal from Anita's cross but the looping effort is well dealt with by De Gea.

16 mins:The game has just gotten a little scrappy in the last few minutes. The conditions are pretty dreadful in Manchester.

14 mins:A raking pass from Scholes finds Valencia at the far post but his attempted pull-back is picked off by Krul.

12 mins:Simpson bursts into the midfield area but squanders a good counter attacking platform with a dismal pass for Marveaux.

10 mins:Valencia finds the overlapping Smalling but his low pull back is picked off by Anita.

9 mins:Hernandez breaks away down the right hand side but his cross is too strong for van Persie and Giggs in the middle.

7 mins:United are trailing once again in a league game and its Newcastle who are pressing once again.

5 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 0-1 NEWCASTLE. Demba Ba's powerful drive is parried by De Gea and PERCH is on hand to tuck home the rebound.

4 mins:We understand that Rooney and Young were injured in training yesterday and Welbeck is ill.

2 mins:James Perch sends a long free-kick into the United box but a fresh-air shot from Ba allows United to clear.

1 mins:We are off and running.

Bigirimana earns his second start of the season in a midfield that also includes Sylvain Marveaux. Perch cotinues as a holding midfielder.

Wayne Rooney has been left out completely this afternoon, with Hernandez coming into the attack. Giggs and Scholes also start, as does Chris Smalling.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Santon, Coloccini, Bigirimana, Anita, Perch, Marveaux, Cisse, Ba.

Man Utd: De Gea, Evra, Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Carrick, Valencia, Scholes, Giggs, van Persie, Hernandez.

Hello and welcome to Old Trafford for this Boxing Day clash between Manchester United and Newcastle.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Old Trafford
  • Attendance: 75,596
Man UtdMan UtdvNewcastleNewcastle
  • Evans, 25
  • Evra, 58
  • van Persie, 71
  • Hernández, 90
  • Perch, 4
  • Evans, og 28
  • Cissé, 68

match report

Javier Hernandez snatched victory for Manchester United in a pulsating and controversial 4-3 Premier League victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford in which Alan Pardew's side led on three occasions.

The Red Devils looked as though they would have to settle for a point at best but struck at the start of added time as the Mexico striker applied the finishing touch to Jonny Evans' cross to spark jubilation from a previously furious Sir Alex Ferguson as his side moved seven points clear of Manchester City following their shock 1-0 defeat at Sunderland.

Newcastle made a dream start as they were gifted the lead with only four minutes on the clock. Michael Carrick failed to control the ball in midfield with Demba Ba advancing towards the United box before unleashing a low shot which David De Gea could only push into the path of the grateful James Perch to tap home.

United were back on terms in the 25th minute when Evans applied the finishing touch at the right end from close range after Tim Krul could only half block Javier Hernandez's low shot following a Van Persie free-kick which caused confusion in the visiting defence.

But the moment of controversy arrived soon after with Danny Simpson's low shot from the right corner of box turned home by sliding Evans. Assistant referee Jake Collin's flag went up for offside against Cisse, but Dean eventually gave the goal as he correctly ruled the Newcastle striker had not touched the ball.

It was the right decision from the official, but sparked fury among the home players and supporters, while Ferguson sat with a face like thunder in the Old Trafford dug-out, chewing furiously in the pouring rain, with his stewing anger unleashed as the teams emerged at the start of the second half, an incident the Football Association are sure to take an interest in.

Newcastle were inches away from taking a 3-1 lead before the interval as Sylvain Marveaux picked himself up after having his heels clipped by Hernandez outside the box to curl a glorious free-kick against the face of the crossbar with De Gea rooted to his line.

The growing anger of the home support turned to delight in the 58th minute when Patrice Evra collected Perch's attempted clearance, held off Marveaux and unleashed a low shot from the edge of the box which evaded the diving Krul before finding the corner of the net.

However, Newcastle took the lead for the third time when Cisse produced an emphatic first-time finish, sweeping home substitute Gabriel Obertan's low cross to leave De Gea grasping at thin air, but again United responded immediately with Van Persie firing home at the second attempt following Krul's excellent save from his initial effort.

Old Trafford was baying for a penalty once again with just over 10 minutes remaining when Hernandez's shot struck the arms of Coloccini from close range, with Collin subjected to more of Ferguson's opinions, with Van Persie then volleying narrowly wide at full stretch moments later

Hernandez missed a glorious opportunity to steal the points for the league leaders, but somehow headed wide from a glorious Antonio Valencia cross from six yards out and there was still time for Sammy Ameobi to strike the base of the post, with De Gea grateful to see the ball bounce back into his arms.

Hernandez headed straight at Krul from another good position soon after and it looked as though it would not be his day, only for the diminutive forward to steal the headlines in added time with a typical poacher's finish as the visiting defence switched off at a crucial moment, while Vurnon Anita was carried off after a late challenge from Valencia which could have brought a second booking.

team line-up

1David De Gea
3Patrice Evra
12Chris Smalling
6Jonny Evans
5Rio Ferdinand
22Paul Scholes69
11Ryan Giggs
16Michael Carrick
7Antonio Valencia
14Javier Hernández93
20Robin van Persie


46Ryan Tunnicliffe
24Darren Fletcher93
31Scott Wootton
13Anders Lindegaard
28Alexander Büttner
15Nemanja Vidic
23Tom Cleverley69


Mike Dean

team line-up

1Tim Krul
2Fabricio Coloccini
5Danny Simpson
6Michael Williamson
3Davide Santon
22Sylvain Marveaux
9Papiss Demba Cissé80
20Gael Bigirimana65
8Vurnon Anita
14James Perch
19Demba Ba72


49Adam Campbell
23Shola Ameobi72
28Sammy Ameobi80
21Robert Elliot
34James Tavernier
31Shane Ferguson
25Gabriel Obertan65


Mike Dean

match stats

possession %6039
shots on target77
shots off target54
tackles won814