Newcastle United 3-0 Manchester United | Statistics & Post-Match Quotes

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: Newcastle forward Demba Ba (l) scores past Man United keeper Anders Lindegaard during the Barclays Premier league game between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on January 4, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

TEAM STATISTICS

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NUFC

MUFC

Shots (on target)

10 (5) 6 (3)

Total Passes

234 419

Passing Accuracy

64% 77%

Ball Possession

40% 60%

Tackles won

19 33

Interceptions

16 15

Fouls

17 15

Corners

4 4

Offsides

1 5

MUFC PLAYER STATISTICS

* Anders Lindegaard (goalkeeper): 21/35 passing (60%), 3 saves, 3 goals conceded

* Rio Ferdinand (right-center-back): 32/47 passing (68%), 4/7 long balls, 5 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls, 2/3 aerial duels (67%)

* Phil Jones (left-center-back): 26/29 passing (90%), 3/4 long balls, 7 tackles, 2 interceptions, 7 clearances, 1 shot blocked, 1 foul, 5/12 aerial duels (42%)

* Antonio Valencia (right-back): 52/67 passing (78%), 1/4 long balls, 0/4 crosses, 0 key passes, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 5 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 8 foul, 3/6 aerial duels (50%)

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 48/58 passing (83%), 3/4 long balls, 1/3 crosses, 3 key passes, 1 successful dribble, 2 fouls won, 3 tackles, 0 interceptions, 4 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls, 3/4 aerial duels (75%)

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 69/80 passing (86%), 5/8 long balls, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 through balls, 0 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 1 tackle, 4 interceptions, 1 shot (on target)

* Ryan Giggs (central-midfield): 49/69 passing (71%), 1/2 long balls, 1/7 crosses, 1/2 through balls, 0 key passes, 2 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 1 tackle, 1 interception, 0 shots

* Nani (right-winger): 31/48 passing (65%), 1/1 long balls, 1/8 crosses, 0/1 through balls, 0 key passes, 2 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 5 tackles, 0 interceptions, 2 shots (2 on target)

* Park Ji-sung (left-winger): 22/29 passing (76%), 0/0 long balls, 0/3 crosses, 0/0 through balls, 0 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 3 fouls won, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots

* Wayne Rooney (striker): 34/42 passing (81%), 2/3 long balls, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 through balls, 0 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 2 shots (1 on target)

* Dimitar Berbatov (striker): 18/20 passing (90%), 0/0 long balls, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 through balls, 0 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Danny Welbeck (striker | substitute 57'): 5/8 passing (63%), 0/0 long balls, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 through balls, 1 key pass, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 shots

* Javier Hernandez (striker | substitute 66'): 2/2 passing (100%), 0/0 long balls, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 through balls, 0 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 0 shots

* Anderson (central-midfield | substitute 75'): 10/13 passing (77%), 2/3 long balls, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 through balls, 0 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 1 interception, 0 shots

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV)

(On the title race...) "It's advantage to them of course. We were playing tonight, they played last night. They won, we lost. It's not a time to panic. We’ve got the patience and experience to cope. But we need to get the show on the road for the run-in, particularly March and April."

(On his squad's recovery from their numerous injuries...) "The plus is that we had two or three players back tonight and hopefully we have one or two on the road back, that will make a difference."

(On the flow of the match...) "We started reasonably well. The goalkeeper made a good save from Nani and we had a good chance when Wayne Rooney was through and the ball ran under his foot. That was a great opportunity and if we'd taken it, we could have gone on to win the game. Newcastle scored not long after that. It was a fantastic goal and it really got their fans up. They became aggressive, they got stuck right into us and made it difficult for us. It (Ba's goal) was a great hit on the volley and the second one just after half-time - a marvellous free-kick, you have to give the boy credit - was a killer for us. That really put them in the driving position, they were very difficult to beat after that. We didn’t make enough of our possession with the ball. We had some chances after that [Newcastle's second goal] and a shot knocked off the line. You've got to take your chances away from home. We didn't play well enough to win the game."

(On Phil Jones' own goal at the end...) "The own goal just summed up the whole night to be honest. But take nothing away from Newcastle, they fought hard and deserved their victory, no question."

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