FIVE things we learned from Manchester United vs Newcastle United
The home side produced a lacklustre first half display, typical of their recent performances, which created a notable sense of frustration amongst the United faithful.
As the half was coming to an end, Mathieu Debuchy caught Patrice Evra napping to steal in at the back post and made David De Gea work for the first time to deny the Frenchman a shock opener.
The Red Devils started the second period much brighter, coming close twice in the space of a minute when both Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj were denied by Tim Krul before Patrice Evra’s header struck the post.
Just minutes later Evra became the villain, failing to deal with a long ball which allowed Moussa Sissoko to break free down the right and set up compatriot Yohan Cabaye to slot home and give Newcastle the lead against the run of play.
Robin van Persie thought he had equalised when he met Jonny Evans’ flick on to head past his fellow Dutchman but Sian Massey’s flag was raised for offside.
That was as good as it got for Moyes’ side as they slumped to a second consecutive home defeat in less than a week, both against teams they should be beating comfortably.
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