YOHAN Cabaye today ended Newcastle United’s 41-year wait for a win at Old Trafford.
Cabaye scored a historic second-half winner against Manchester United this afternoon to give Alan Pardew’s side a deserved 1-0 win.
The midfielder, however, will now miss next weekend’s game against Southampton through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season early in the game.
The result, which came just two days before manager Pardew’s three-year anniversary at Newcastle, lifted the club into sixth place in the Premier League.
And it piled more pressure on his Man United counterpart, David Moyes, whose team were beaten in midweek by Everton by the same scoreline.
Pardew handed midfielder Vurnon Anita a start – striker Shola Ameobi dropped down to the bench – and Robin van Persie returned from injury for the Premier League champions.
Man United had the better of the first-half possession, they created few chances, and Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul had just one save to make from an early Phil Jones shot.
Time and again Newcastle gave the ball away as they looked to bring it out of their own half.
The best chance fell to Mathieu Debuchy, who was played in by a superb Loic Remy pass. However, Debuchy – who had earlier cut out a dangerous right-wing cross from Adnan Januzaj – shot directly at David De Gea.
While possibly frustrated at the way his team had given away the ball, Pardew will have been happy to get to the break with the score goalless – and his team in the ascendancy.
Krul did well to stop a low shot from Javier Hernandez early in the second half, and there was controversy in the 55th minute when Anita, stood on the post, appeared to stop a goal-bound Patrice Evra header with his arm.
Hatem Ben Arfa – who had recovered from the bout of sickness which kept him out of the midweek visit to Swansea City – replaced Yoan Gouffran in the 57th minute.
And Newcastle’s breakthrough came just past the hour mark.
Moussa Sissoko broke down the right and pulled the ball back for Cabaye, whose low shot took a deflection off Man United captain Nemanja Vidic on its way past Gea.
Van Persie had a header ruled out for offside as Moyes’s side pressed for an equaliser.
Newcastle, however, were resolute in defence, and they held out to take all three points and record the club’s first win at the stadium since 1972.
And Man United were booed off the field by the home support, as the jubilant away following celebrated in one corner of Old Trafford.
MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Rafael (Valencia, 76), Evans, Vidic, Evra; Nani (Zaha, 68), Jones, Cleverley (Anderson, 69), Januzaj; Hernandez, van Persie. Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Young, Welbeck.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy (Yanga-Mbiwa, 83), Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Cabaye (Shola Ameobi, 78), Tiote, Anita; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran (Ben Arfa, 57). Subs not used: Elliot, Obertan, Gutierrez, Cisse.
Goals: Cabaye 61
Bookings: Cabaye 9, Anita 90
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)