Anthony Gordon scored a 55th-minute winner as Newcastle United outplayed and defeated Manchester United for the second time in just over a month.
But the victory came at a price as goalkeeper Nick Pope suffered what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury.
In-form Gordon tapped in Kieran Trippier’s low cross at the far post to give Newcastle a richly deserved success that took them above their opponents and to within reach of the Premier League’s top four.
It came 31 days after Eddie Howe’s side recorded an emphatic 3-0 victory at OId Trafford in the Carabao Cup.
Howe’s already injury-ravaged side should have been in front before the break as Alexander Isak’s shot was deflected narrowly wide by Harry Maguire before Trippier’s brilliantly struck free-kick bounced to safety off the underside of the bar.
When a goal finally came for Newcastle, there was no surprise it should come from Gordon, whose left-sided partnership with Tino Livramento had been too much for Manchester United to cope with.
Newcastle’s win means they have beaten Manchester United in three consecutive games for the first time in more than a century.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka denied Newcastle a second with an inspired goalline block, only for Fabian Schar to do something similar to keep out Sergio Reguilon’s effort, the nearest the visitors came to avoiding their sixth defeat of the campaign.
However, it was in trying to save that Pope was hurt, with the England man immediately signalling he could not continue.
Gordon and Livramento torment Man Utd
The loss of Pope will be a bitter blow for Howe, who is without so many senior players as his side battle on four fronts.
That they were able to shrug off such setbacks – and the gut-wrenching concession of that injury-time equaliser to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League in midweek – says plenty about their character.
Gordon followed up his goals against Arsenal and Liverpool with another one against a big-name opponent.
The £45m has now been involved in seven goals – five goals and two assists – in his last eight league games, more than in his previous 45.
It was Gordon’s partnership with Livramento on Newcastle’s left-flank that rattled the visitors throughout a one-sided contest.
Livramento’s presence underlined the positive about a spate of injuries; players get a chance that otherwise might not come their way.
Although Newcastle spent an initial £32m on the former Southampton full-back in August, he has had to bide his time when it has come to starting games.
However, with Dan Burn out, a space has opened up in Howe’s team and Livramento has slotted right in.
This was his third start in a week and he could not be accused of a gentle introduction given he has faced two of England’s biggest clubs, either side of that match against Paris St-Germain.
Offered the chance to keep surging down the wing in support of Gordon, Livramento did exactly that, repeatedly unsettling the visitors to the extent they were fortunate not to be behind at the break.
The tally of 14 shots faced – the most Manchester United have defended in the first half of a league game since they were four down at Manchester City in October 2022 – owed much to Livramento.
Though it was Gordon who won the game, Howe will not overlook the 21-year-old’s contribution to another fabulous night at St James’ Park.
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- 22PopeSubstituted forDúbravkaat 86′minutes
- 39Bruno Guimarães
- 7JoelintonBooked at 90mins
- 10GordonSubstituted forRitchieat 90+7′minutes
- 29Wan-BissakaSubstituted forReguilónat 80′minutes
- 5MaguireBooked at 77mins
- 37MainooSubstituted forS Amrabatat 80′minutes
- 10RashfordSubstituted forAntonyat 61′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 8Bruno Fernandes
- 9MartialSubstituted forHøjlundat 61′minutes
- 4S Amrabat
- 34van de Beek
- Robert Jones
Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Manchester United 0.