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Man Utd go seven points clear after 4-3 victory over Newcastle

Mexican frontman Javier Hernandez scored in stoppage time to give Manchester United a 4-3 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford yesterday.

Having made a bright start, visiting Newcastle broke the deadlock with just four minutes on the clock. Man United goalkeeper David de Gea was at fault as he spilt a strike from Demba Ba straight to James Perch, who converted the rebound from close range.

The host equalized in the 25th minute. Initially from a Ryan Giggs free kick United defender Jonny Evans tapped in from close range following up a rebound by Chicharito.

Evans scored again four minutes later but this time it was an own goal. Former Manchester United youngster Danny Simpson got the ball at the left side of United defence. He sent a low cross to Cisse who was waiting in the penalty box. Evans who stood just in front of him tried to clear the ball but it went into his own net. Initially the goal was disallowed for offside as Cisse stood higher than Evans but after consulting with the linesman, referee Mike Dean decided to give the goal.

United equalized again in the second half. Newcastle failed to clear a corner and the ball dropped to Patrice Evra. The Frenchman took a low drive from 25 yards into the bottom left corner past Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul. It was Evra second goal in his last two games.

Alan Pardew's Newcastle refused to lie down and they took the lead for a third time in the 68th minute. Substitute Gabriel Obertan got down the left flank, before cutting the ball back to the edge of the area for Cisse, who in turn curled an effort into the top corner of the net with his left foot.

United's response was positive and almost instant as Van Persie scored his 16th goal for the club. Antonio Valencia picked out the Dutchman inside the area, but his first effort was pushed clear by Krul. The ball came back to Van Persie though and he made no mistake with his second strike.

Hernandez, who was playing due to Wayne Rooney’s injury, was denied by Krul before finally connecting with Carrick’s cross and sending a half-volley into the net.

Despite the dramatic win, Fergie is sure to be concerned by his side’s appalling defending. However, with a whole load of firepower at their disposal, United are making up for their dodgy backline with a regular and plentiful supply of goals.

While United recovered despite the best efforts of its former players in the Newcastle team, crosstown rival City was sunk by an old boy.

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Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City

Adam Johnson came back to haunt his former club as Manchester City slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland.

Visiting City had the better of the chances before the break, but they were unable to breach the home net.

Vincent Kompany saw an early header from a David Silva corner bounce to safety off the crossbar, while Silva himself saw a low effort saved by the feet of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Sunderland's only real chance of note was made with 25 minutes played, but Joe Hart got across his line to deny Craig Gardner's skidding effort.

However, just seven minutes after the restart, Hart was at fault for the goal that give the home team the lead. The England goalkeeper appeared to try to read Johnson's mind and block his cross, only for the winger to send the ball inside Hart's near post from a narrow angle.

Roberto Mancini's City proceeded to put pressure on the Black Cats, but they could't find a route back into the match. As a result, they are now seven points behind leaders Manchester United.

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