Newcastle gave their survival hopes a huge lift as they stunned Manchester United 1-0 at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Matt Ritchie scored the winner after 65 minutes – his first Premier League goal of the season – after Dwight Gayle’s clever backheel found the winger in plenty of space to slot past David De Gea.
Anthony Martial had Manchester United’s best chances but he was denied by debutant goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the first half and then saw two shots blocked on the line in quick succession in the 77th minute. Alexis Sanchez also saw an effort blocked after taking the ball past Dubravka.
The win is Newcastle’s first at home since October 21 and moves them out of the relegation zone into 13th, while Manchester United stay 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.