Newcastle beat Man Utd but lose Pope to injury

Anthony Gordon scored the winner as Newcastle held off a frenzied late push by Manchester United in a 1-0 Premier League victory over their top-four rivals on a chilly night at St James' Park on Saturday.

Eddie Howe's team climbed above Manchester United into fifth in the table on 26 points after 14 games as Erik ten Hag's side dropped to seventh on 24. The Magpies have won three consecutive games against Manchester in all competitions for the first time since January 1922.

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One negative for Newcastle, already depleted by injuries, was keeper Nick Pope having to be replaced by Martin Dúbravka in the 86th minute after injuring his shoulder. Pope walked gingerly off the pitch with the help of medical staff.

Speaking after the match, Howe said he feared Pope had dislocated his shoulder.

"It will be a massive blow for us if he is ruled out for any length of time," Howe said.

"It looked really innocuous, but that is usually the way and they are normally the more serious ones. You could see he was in distress and it looked like he dislocated his shoulder just diving."

Gordon scored his sixth goal of the Premier League season in the 55th minute when Kieran Trippier played a ball across the six-yard box after Manchester lost possession in midfield.

"I think it is down to the team and how hard we work for each other," Gordon told TNT. "I am just trying to work hard and be someone who the team can rely on and I am getting the rewards at the moment so I am happy."

Anthony Gordon scored for the fourth straight home game for Newcastle on Saturday.

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Miguel Almirón narrowly missed getting to the ball before a wide-open Trippier swept it in from the back post for Gordon to score.

"It's amazing to win today," Gordon added. "It's been a massive week for us, some good moments, some difficult moments but we came through it as a team."

Newcastle, who drew 1-1 with Paris St Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, dominated the match, peppering United keeper André Onana with 22 shots compared with the visitors' seven.

Manchester United pressed for a late equaliser with a flurry of chances including Harry Maguire's headed effort that was ruled out for offside.

Newcastle were a more cohesive and hungry side in halting their opponents' run of four away wins. Manchester United have lost all five league games against top-half teams this season.

If not for Maguire and fellow defender Luke Shaw, the score may have been more lopsided.

"We had a tough first half and said at halftime we were pleased to be in the game," Ten Hag said. "We had a good comeback in the last part of the game.

"I will talk with my team. We had some chances. We thought we scored a goal but it was offside. We could have scored."

Newcastle had a terrific chance just before half-time when Trippier curled in a beautiful free kick that caught keeper Onana rooted to the spot, but the ball glanced off the crossbar and dropped just outside the goalline.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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