Date: 27th September 2012 at 4:37pm
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Manchester United eased into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a decent performance against Newcastle.

As has become the norm in this competition, Sir Alex Ferguson rested several of his big-name players and opted to parade a few of his youngsters.

This was most notable in a back four that was comprised of – Vermmijl, Keane, Wootten and Buttner. However, in midfield, Sir Alex gave Fletcher his first start since November whilst up front Rooney returned, after his thigh injury, to partner Welbeck and Hernandez up front.

In a competitive game, United had to wait until just before half time before they opened the scoring and the goal was worth the wait with Anderson hitting a blistering shot from twenty yards out.

Earlier, Cleverley, returning to a central midfield berth, had missed a sitter, a miss that incurred the half time wrath of Sir Alex.

With Tom Cleverley making amends for his earlier miss with a second goal, on fifty-eight minutes, the tie looked to have been put beyond Newcastle`s grasp, but Alan Pardew`s side had other ideas.

Four minutes after Cleverley had scored Papiss Cisse pulled a goal back and we were set up for a barn-storming finish. Newcastle came extremely close to forcing extra-time when Cisse struck the bar with a spectacular overhead kick.

But United held on and after the game Sir Alex Ferguson summed the evening up with the following quote,

“Both goals were terrific strikes and it was a really good performance. I was pleased.”

And so were we Sir Alex.



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