With De Gea between the sticks, United took the lead when Jonny Evans nodded home from a corner after 8 minutes. Having made a habit of conceding early I don’t know what was the bigger shock; the fact we scored first or the fact we scored directly from a corner.
For Newcastle clearly it was the fact we scored from a corner, and they were left bewildered again when Patrice Evra repeated the feat in the 15th minute as the diminutive French left back got the better of Demba Ba in the air and doubled United’s lead.
Impressive last week against Spurs, Wayne Rooney was again instrumental to United’s win as he put in a shift both offensively and defensively. He was unlucky not to get onto the scoresheet himself when his freekick was pushed wide by Harper but he carried on probing, trying to extend United’s lead.
United would have to wait for their third, and suffered a scare when De Gea scrambled a Cisse effort off the line, but when it came it was spectacular.
Some will say it was a shot others a cross but whatever it was Tom Cleverley’s curling effort left Harper for dead, floating over the Newcastle keeper 20 minutes before time.