Cabaye ends Old Trafford jinx! Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle United

Cabaye and Co end 41 years of hurt
Cabaye and Co end 41 years of hurt
A sequence of results lasting 41 years came to an end yesterday as Newcastle United finally managed to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford.

It was Yohan Cabaye who struck the fatal blow to a Manchester United side that has lost its way since the departure of Alex Ferguson, but it should also be noted that a superb team performance was the main reason we came away victorious.

In truth it wasn’t a great match but there was a clear plan to stifle and disrupt anything that Manchester United tried to. And it worked as the home side rarely threatened in the first-half aside from one shot which Tim Krul saved easily and a couple of efforts from Tom Cleverley and Adnan Januzaj which were blocked by both Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini.

At the other end it’s fair to say that Newcastle didn’t really present much a goal threat themselves with Yohan Cabaye wasting a couple of long-range efforts and Loic Remy heading a difficult header wide at the near post. The plan was working though as both sides headed into the interval level at 0-0.

Half-time: Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle United

The home side started off the second-half brightly and looked as though were about to make Newcastle pay, but amazingly they didn’t and the closest they went to taking the lead was through Patrice Evra who headed against the post which hit Vurnon Anita’s arm before being cleared. No penalty. The right call.

Hatem Ben Arfa was introduced just before the hour mark which suggested that Newcastle could see more than a point on offer having weather a mild attacking storm from David Moyes’ side. And although had had nothing to do with the goal, it was not long after the introduction of Ben Arfa that Newcastle took the lead as Tim Krul played a long ball forward to Moussa Sissoko who strode forward and squared the ball for Yohan Cabaye who stroked the ball into the far corner of David De Gea’s net to send the away fans into a state of delirium.

You might have expect an onslaught from Manchester United then but it didn’t come. Robin Van Persie had thought he’d equalised but his goal was correctly chalked off by Sian Massey who called offside. Adnan Januzaj fired straight at Tim Krul and Wifried Zaha curled an effort wide but other than that it was all pretty comfortable for Newcastle who in the end saw the game out with ease.

Full-time: Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle United

A lot will be made about Manchester United being in “crisis” and all that malarkey, but that doesn’t give credit to Newcastle. Alan Pardew said post-match that Newcastle controlled the game and to be honest I agree with that. Too often it is suggested that we win because the other side were poor and that might be true to an extent, but we didn’t let them build up any rhythm and got at them from the start.

It feels strange writing about this, but this a 41 year hoodoo that has now been lifted and makes up for the mess at Swansea in midweek. This group of players are now on the same page of history as the likes of Stewart Barraclough and John Tudor who scored the last time we managed to win at Old Trafford back in 1972.

Howay the lads!

P.S. As a special treat…

Manchester United: David De Gea; Rafael, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra; Nani, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley, Adnan Januzaj; Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie

Subs: Anders Lindegaard, Rio Ferdinand, Anderson, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha, Danny Welbeck

Newcastle United: Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Vurnon Anita; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran

Subs: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

Attendance: 75,233

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163 thoughts on “Cabaye ends Old Trafford jinx! Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle United

  1. So Cardiff at home then, that’s ok, can live with that.

    Santi, that link is good, Debs is the pirate and Saylor the joker not sure on others .

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  2. Williamson is Chewie and Mbiwa is Ironman or so the comments next to it say 😀

    Tim Krul is the gangster. I cant tell who batman is or the the american footballer is. Craig David i have no idea.

    Everyone has put some effort into their costumes and then Anita looks like he has just put on a superman t-shirt lol

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  3. JJ at 54
    If you are in Newcastle you should go to North Tyneside General on the 308 or 309 bus from the Haymarket bus station. Much easier than trying to get there by metro.

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  4. What time does the disco start upstairs in the Percy. I have always doubts about that wooden floor staying put

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  5. That’s a mean way to burst my bubble. 👿

    I was having a good weekend up until i heard about that.

    I assume it was probably just a spur of the moment thing.

    I hope the story is fake.

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  6. Ice/Dave – sorry I’ve been putting the boy to bed. It’s absolutely messed up that like. 41yrs having never won down there and not 1 death as a result!, were made of much tougher stuff us Geordies 😆 😉

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  7. disagree toonsy we ha the better of the game in all parts ,we closed them down quick and always looked as we were the 1s that were gonna score ,this is the same team that won the title last season well done to all the lads my son ha a 20 quid on 1 nill at 18 to 1 wish i woud of took his advise

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  8. kim sorry buti dont feel sorry for him ,sum people have it hard in this world fighting depression and children dieing and i know you have it hard, imagine how many fans would be left if they all id that call me caliuos but no spyhpathy for him .

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  9. Batty ,Aye he’s a silly sod, apparently that link says it’s not the first time it’s happened either 😯

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  10. @101

    I doubt if he was fully mentally stable he would have killed himself.. Maybe he did have depression. Maybe he had something else going on in his life and he just thought this was the final straw. No completely mentally healthy person would commit suicide over a few football results.

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  11. No need for name calling batty boy!

    @BafGomis: @schtev_slade #newcastle #toons Thanks and congratulation for your last game. I say hi to all my frenchies in the Toons…

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  12. Got to love the Sunday Mirror. Interview with Bigirimana about his “miracle escape from wartorn African home”. Big picture of Vurnon Anita next to it.

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  13. Ah right it was just a reply tweet.
    nowt very interesting there then.
    he’s not much better than Ameobi anyways.
    (tin hat on) 😛

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  14. Yes credit where due, Pardew has the players nice and compact again and on a good run. The swansea game was disappointing, we tried to contain them and play on the counter. They are good passers, but we are the better team and we should show more ambition against teams like that. The tactics against Manure (the better side) were spot on. Attack the weaker teams, counter the stronger teams and we should do well this season. The main thing is Pards has installed the work ethic again, something we lacked last season. That suggests he has won back the dressing room – so fair play. Now lets kick on. Over to kInnear to land us some depth on the wings and up front his Jan.

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  15. Shamrock I don’t think we need to over spend in january. Just pick up a couple of good players, nearing the end of there contracts ?
    I believe we our using the money wisely, instead of panic buying. We don’t want expensive flops. Getting Remy for 8 million would be a start and loan Zaha or a midfielder and see if there good enough to buy.

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  16. Gomis may end up at NUFC but I wouldn’t read too much into these tweets like. Eric Pieters was quite friendly with the club when there was a suggestion we were going for him, but he obviously ended up at Stoke.

    Personally I would like to see him in, but priority for me would be nailing the Remy deal down. He showed a very different side to his game against Man U and put in another really good shift for us.

    I think Remy, Gomis and Gouffran up front would be a very good trio – but Remy is key IMO.

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  17. I see it’s the Jay Jay love in this morning. Where’ve you been mate? Seems ages since we had your words of wisdom on here.

    Still beaming about Saturday but know I’ll get round to worrying about the Saints later in the week. For me Anita has to start, thought he was terrific and nice to see Hatem playing keep ball for Pardew. He still looks overweight to me and I suspect it’s loads of gym work to bulk up after the hamstring injury. Seems to be the preferred option at the Toon. They did it to Saylor and like Hatem he’s lost some spring and speed. Whatever . . .

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  18. Remy is good but if we don’t sign him it won’t be the end of the world.

    Priority for january should be a reasonably young powerful centre forward to replace ameobi long term. There would be no point spending big on a big name centre forward this season.

    A young, less injury prone marveaux type player is also very important. I’m not sure we have enough creativity to do well if cabaye gets injured.

    Perhaps anita but he doesn’ have any history of playing further forward. Maybe hba if he becomes more of a team player. That’s the aspect of his game he needs to improve more than defending.

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  19. Hba does look bigger but he also looks more powerful. I don’t think speed is as important for him as the ability to shrug off people pulling him back is.

    Southampton will be a tougher game than what we’ve had against spurs, swansea & man utd.

    Too much energy in their team. We’ll either have to match, play hoofball r try to keep possession.

    I’m not too keen on hoofball but it could work if ameobi is back in the team.

    I don’t think we can match their tempo or intensity.

    That leaves a possession based style. The same team vs man utd could work against southampton.

    I’d be interested to see if gouffran has recovered. He burns himself out & i think it was apparent against swansea & man utd. He will have a weeks rest so maybe he’ll be ok but otherwise ameobi, cisse or ben arfa could fill in.

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  20. What a weekend. Great how a footie result seems to make everything else go your way as well when frankly all I needed was that result and whatever happened I’d be grinning for a week! We totally deserved the win, nothing sublime but basically bettered them man for man across the whole team.

    It’s certainly a good thing that Pardwho hasn’t managed to coach all of Cabaye’s goals out of him yet-just imagine if he was under a good manager like Moyes, probably be hitting 25 goals a season ❓ 😛

    Oh and KK-I never mistook you for JJ, i think that might have been ST or BB who did that. I think I commented that JJ was just an angry man that was fine when the weather was shining, but you were just a WUM going from strength to strength. Fair play to you fella you have taken on the reigns of Bobby Shinton and Troy to new levels with some of these comments 😆

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  21. Toonsy also agree we’re not getting the credit-but as I’ve said before I’m quite happy for us to go under the radar and stay there as long as possible. Only when the media headlights are on do the players/managers start believing their hype, get complacent or wantaway. And of course, Mikey is always waiting there to make sure we don’t stay happy for too long 🙂

    Goof was quiet-but he gave an interview the other week saying this season is the hardest he has ever worked in his entire career-it’s probably telling because he did look knackered. Thankfully if everyone stays fit we still have options-but nobody to replicate his work rate (even Jonas) so how we adapt if/when we rest him/he gets injured will be interesting.

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  22. Comments being spammed on the last thread again…

    Just randoms. Obviously computer generated comments that make no sense or are just complete rubbish.

    Names like Rachael and Troy Stavers.. Utter nonsense. 😆

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  23. Newkie,
    That’s why I live in South Africa. The sun shines quite often. Can you imagine how miserable I’d be living in that damp dump England 😆 😛

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  24. JJ-You’d be giving Moyes serious competition for “angry face of the year” award I think mate 😆

    I loved Benny messing with their throw in, unprofessional but absolutely hilarious. Moyes’s face was a treat 🙂

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  25. Clearly that Brazil kit is a lucky charm.

    Newkie,
    Girls love a guy with a bit of an ****y aggression problem. It gives them something to “fix”. 😉

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  26. JJ-Is that why I’m into Pards then? 😀

    Benny isn’t for me, I’m not really a fan of silky feet. Besides it’s not worth stalking him because nothing I wrote would get past the volumes of poetry he get’s sent by Djebs/HBA39 🙂

    Stem-to be fair to Moyes, he would start off pretty crap with Everton more often than not. Half his years in charge there would be people calling for him to be sacked by now. Plus Manure have been slow starters themselves on occasion. He could get it right and maybe with some Jan reinforcements get things going again, but third is the best they can hope for. Wigan should be interesting with Martinez and Everton usually coming good late on as well.

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  27. Best thing that’s happened lately is that a TEAM has emerged somehow. A whole team looking solid at all times. Never thought I’d see that under Pardew. It was wonderful to see at OT and kicked the Swans result into touch. We were just unlucky that day. 😉

    I’d go 433 against the saints with Sissoko dropping into Cabaye’s role and Benny, Goof and Remy up front. Also looks to me that Remy has bought into the whole toon thing. He ran his socks off on Sat and I never expected to see that.

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  28. I dont really want zaha on loan meself would just be knocking 1 of our own kids down the pecking order,so a loan deal for him just dint make sense to me

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  29. Georgio-yeah, while Remy has been selfish with some shooting opportunities he has worked harder for us than I thought. I think I would switch Benny for the advanced midfield role though and leave Sissoko out wide as he and Debs are getting used to each other, who’d have thought it but he is racking up goals and assists now out there 😉

    TAE-Agree completely. He is better than the youth we’ve got but not massively, if we bring him in then we may as well tell Sammy and Fergie, probably Vuckic too to jog on. Would rather see our own players get some time -Sammy especially – than help the Mancs out.

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  30. Newkie I think Martinez has been terrific for Everton this season. Even I’m a little worried about facing them at SJP next year. They never give up and have a lot of fighting spirit. SAF might have to plead patients with the Manu fan’s to save Moyes from being sacked ? But team’s will think they have a chance at OT now and make it harder for them. It’s so good to see team’s given them a taste of there own medicine.

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  31. @ NEWKIE
    agree i would also prefer sammy was given the chance, just cause man utd were mug enough to pay 15 mil for him dont mean hes better than sammy 😀

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  32. TAE @ 132
    100% agree with that fella.
    The only sense in a deal like that is if we are clearing out no hopers who will never make it, to make way for new blood.
    But I don’t see that happening just yet either.

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  33. Newkie @ 133. Maybe maybe. It’s a tough call for Pardew but I definitely want to see Anita and Benny in there.

    Gooffran’s the hard one to call. He’s been brilliant but only for his hard work and energy. He’s a bit limited when he’s on the ball though. If we’re squeezing Tiote, Cabaye, Anita and Sissoko in there I’d have Remy and Benny advanced. Goof off the bench if anyone’s energy drops.

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  34. Stem-we just need to make sure we don’t have a suicidal first half again and all will be well. I haven’t been blown away by them lately although they do have some very good players and a good squad.

    TAE-Exactly, he’s looked good but not that much more impressive than Sammy imo. Hopefully we see a bit of him over December, if not he’ll probably only have cup matches in Jan 😕

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  35. Georgio-yeah that’s the problem. The good side of goof is that he hasn’t come here with dreams of a bigger future-he knows this will be his best club and he will work his socks off to get in the side and stay there, what he lacks in quality he makes up for in effort, very much like Bestie imo, but what do you do with more quality players? Unless he asks for a rest i’d keep him with Santon and see if he comes good, or put him up top and put Benny on the wing.

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  36. <<<<< has been impressed meself with goofy,runs his socks off and chips in with the odd goal here and there 😀

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  37. We could also do with is having cisse find his goal touch again think that would really kick our season on meself 😀

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  38. Yeah feel the same as everyone who doesn’t fancy us taking Zaha to be honest. Think he’s a decent enough player but don’t see the point if we can’t/won’t go on to buy him.
    I’d sooner Sammi got a crack at it too.

    I’d like us to sign Tom Ince in the window for cover for that right side as I see him being a very good English player, given the right opportunity. Gomis for some strength and experience up front and someone like Finnbogason or Vossen to come in and develop – I think either could be a Gouffran type player, a forward who will graft their knackers off

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  39. Your in dreamworld if you think we could ever get Barkley TAE. If only Lukaku as well wouldn’t mind that fella whats he called Messi or something like that as well. That bucktooth fella at Liverpool isnt to shabby either.

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  40. @ SANTII
    would defo not play afra against saints they keep hold of the ball very well,and we will lose the game if afra starts imo

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  41. @ SANTII
    <<<<<<<< hopes ya not trying to say barkley on the same lvl as messi over there bud 😆 😆 😆

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  42. Gouffran is one one of our better players on the ball. Good dribbling & technical skills with a classy finish.

    His problem is he lacks the greediness & ****iness to believe in himself. When he should shoot, he takes a split second to think about passing it before he decides his best option is to shoot.

    By the time he’s gone through the thought process & has a shot, somebody has already closed him down & the shot gets blocked.

    I actually think he could be a better striker than remy if he gets his confidence up.

    Marveaus would also be better than hba if his confidence was there.

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  43. Remy’s ball through to Debuchy early on was an absolute peach – as was Deb’s run to receive it. De Gea did well to stop it.

    I’m as happy as the proverbial pig in Dorset ****e about this win. I still think Manure will recover and strongly, but tbh I think we’d still give an in-form version a good game right now.

    Moyes is quite up to the task and will come good. These plastic supporters just haven’t cottoned on to the pup he was sold by his predecessor – a squad that’s been carefully run down to be ancient and utterly decimated just in time for Fergie to step down.

    Fergie is a total git. But a clever git. 😈

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