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Newcastle Embarrasses Man United

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The result was the least of it. Manchester United can seldom have been so faint of heart or so short of creativity. They fell at this ground for the first time since 2001 but it is not statistics that will be commemorated. Events here will glow in the minds of the home support and the memory will still warm them a little when the club has to deal with chilly times.

United will not be immune to amnesia over these events either, much as they might yearn for it. Sir Alex Ferguson's team, with that home defeat by Blackburn Rovers, has not just lost twice in succession but done so by conceding three goals on each occasion. Much as the manager will surely claim that the forthcoming encounter at Manchester City can galvanise, the likelihood is that his...

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