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Man Utd 2-0 Newcastle

United have not been especially convincing this season, but on paper seem to be doing well. Top of the league and full points in Europe is certainly an improvement, but at times the standard of football and depth in the squad has actually declined. Results against Watford, Spurs, Benfica and possibly Celtic flattered United and so this game against Newcastle was not guaranteed victory at all. However, on the day Newcastle were so abysmally awful that a United team not even playing that well made chances for fun and walked to victory.

After 40 minutes of this match both teams were almost as poor as each other. Harper made good saves from a Vidic header and Fletcher hit the bar from a great move, but the rest was pretty dull. Just like several other games at Old Trafford this season, it was enough to leave a flat atmosphere and a lot of Reds wanted a nap. However, the brightest spark of the day was yet again Ronaldo. He tore the barcodes apart and made a fool of a very capable Stephen Carr. His ability to cut inside or go to the line leaves defenders unable to send him one way, and his mixture of shooting and crossing again makes him game so hard to read. His quality of corners and free kicks bolstered the team too. After 40 minutes he went on a mazy run, cut inside, dribbled across the box and smashed a shot against the post. It rebounded to Ole and the goal was assured. It may have been Ole’s goal but Ronaldo’s name was sung, acknowledging the genius that had done everything but get his own name on the scoresheet.

Half time saw a 1-0 lead but a terrible match. The second half needed an improved performance and that is exactly what came. 45 minutes of bombarding the opposition goal and remarkably only one more hitting the net. United managed to hit the woodwork 5 times, miss several easy chances and the possession statistics must have been more one sided than ever before. United were made to look good, and that was without Rooney showing up and Saha rested. Credit to the Newcastle support who carried on singing throughout, but their team were a shambles. The usual idiot barcodes swung their shirts round their heads thinking that being topless makes you the only decent supporters in the land, but we are used to that by now. They did have a point when they sang our support was shit, as it was.

So, three more points in the bag and, unlike last season, United capitalised on Chelsea slipping up. No European hangover, and now 2 weeks to recover before a tough game at Wigan.

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