A much-changed Manchester United secured a fourth successive away league win as they comfortably beat Newcastle.

Juan Mata exquisitely curled a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner to give the away side the lead.

A low Javier Hernandez shot came back off the post before a composed Mata finish extended the Red Devils' lead.

Newcastle lack quality - Pardew

A lacklustre Newcastle conceded again when Hernandez swept in a six-yard shot before Adnan Januzaj slotted home as the visitors climbed into sixth.

Manchester United boss David Moyes made eight changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich in midweek, with his focus clearly on the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final in Germany on Wednesday.

However, the Red Devils supporting cast - spurred on by influential midfielders Mata and Shinji Kagawa - put on an impressive display for the team with the best away record in the Premier League this season.

Victory moved them to within seven points of fourth place and gave them a lift ahead of their trip to Bayern, whose record 53-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga ended with a 1-0 defeat at Augsburg on Saturday.

Analysis

"A clinical victory for Manchester United before they head to Germany to play Bayern Munich. For the second weekend running, Newcastle let in four goals."

The Magpies might have thought their visitors' team selection would give them a chance to bounce back after a 4-0 drubbing by Southampton, but they produced a similarly dismal show to suffer a 10th top-flight defeat in 15 matches.

The home side went close when striker Papiss Cisse's powerful early header was tipped over the bar by Anders Lindegaard, but it was Mata who opened the scoring.

Dan Gosling fouled Darren Fletcher on the edge of the area, and Mata curled the free-kick over the wall and into the top corner.

The visitors were denied a second by the woodwork after Kagawa played Hernandez through on goal, with Rob Elliot's fingertips diverting the ball onto the foot of the post.

But any hope Newcastle had of making the most of that let-off received a blow early in the second half.

Poor defending by Fabricio Coloccini allowed Kagawa to again release Hernandez, who cut the ball across for Mata to coolly wrong-foot Elliot before slotting in from close range.

Moyes salutes 'terrific' Mata

The Red Devils added a third just after the hour mark following another well-worked move as Januzaj found the influential Kagawa, who cut back for Hernandez to steer in from six yards.

That goal was the signal for some Magpies fans to leave, and the closest their side came to scoring was when Cisse had a shot saved at point-blank range by Lindegaard.

Newcastle's misery was complete when a classy Mata back-heel helped set up Januzaj for a late fourth.

Manchester United manager David Moyes:

"We played well and scored some really good goals. I'm really pleased with the performance.

"Juan Mata got us a couple of goals and he was involved in the final one for Adnan Januzaj as well. He was terrific all day for us - so were Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher. We had some great performances.

"I've said all season that I believe we have a really good squad of players and we showed that today. They played well and deserved the victory.

"The focus could only be on this game but you could see we've left a few players at home and not played a few players, and we are hoping they will be fit for Wednesday night's game at Bayern Munich."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"It was a tough afternoon for us. We weren't at our best.

"We are lacking a bit of quality at the moment and we are trying to get that on the pitch. We had some good effort and commitment, certainly better than Southampton, but I'm afraid it wasn't good enough against a decent Manchester United.

"We have got loads of players missing and it is really hurting us at the minute. We are desperate to get another three points, a win and a goal for them [the fans] but it is just not happening for us at the moment."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Newcastle United

  • 21 Elliot
  • 03 Santon
  • 19 Haidara
  • 15 Gosling
  • 06 Williamson
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 08 Anita
  • 24 Tioté Booked
  • 09 Cissé
  • 18 de Jong (Ben Arfa - 61' )
  • 11 Gouffran (Ameobi - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 23 Ameobi
  • 27 Taylor
  • 36 Dummett
  • 42 Alnwick
  • 43 Armstrong

Manchester United

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 25 A Valencia
  • 03 Evra (Büttner - 64' )
  • 31 Fellaini (Nani - 70' )
  • 12 Smalling
  • 04 Jones
  • 18 Young (Januzaj - 18' )
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 14 Hernández
  • 08 Mata
  • 26 Kagawa

Substitutes

  • 01 de Gea
  • 15 Vidic
  • 17 Nani
  • 23 Cleverley
  • 28 Büttner
  • 44 Januzaj
  • 47 Wilson
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 52,081

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

4 4

Corners

4 5

Fouls

16 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester United 4.

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester United 4.

90:00 +3:37

Attempt missed. Nani (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia.

90:00 +2:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Manchester United 4. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juan Mata.

87:07

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

87:07

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:13

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:13

Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

84:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Shola Ameobi replaces Yoan Gouffran.

83:34

Attempt missed. Davide Santon (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

83:24

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Massadio Haidara with a cross.

82:15

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

82:15

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:55

Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:55

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

80:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

79:33

Delay in match Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

77:10

Attempt missed. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé.

76:11

Attempt blocked. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

75:00

Attempt missed. Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darren Fletcher.

73:35

Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).

73:35

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:54

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Anders Lindegaard.

70:51

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

70:14

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Adnan Januzaj.

69:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Nani replaces Marouane Fellaini.

68:43

Attempt missed. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa.

66:33

Attempt missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

64:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Manchester United 3. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

63:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Alexander Büttner replaces Patrice Evra.

63:14

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:14

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

61:55

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Luuk de Jong.

59:52

Attempt missed. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa.

58:50

Offside, Manchester United. Anders Lindegaard tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.

58:15

Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

58:15

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:57

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:57

Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

52:55

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.

52:08

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

51:35 Booking

Booking Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:21

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

51:21

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:37

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

50:37

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Manchester United 2. Juan Mata (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Javier Hernández.

48:29

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

48:29

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Newcastle United 0, Manchester United 1.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester United 1.

45:00 +1:40

Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

45:00 +1:40

Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

44:20

Delay in match Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

43:29

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Shinji Kagawa with a through ball.

42:54

Attempt blocked. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé.

39:25

Offside, Manchester United. Chris Smalling tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.

38:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Manchester United 1. Juan Mata (Manchester United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

37:05

Foul by Dan Gosling (Newcastle United).

37:05

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:53

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

31:53

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:32

Attempt missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Davide Santon with a cross.

25:40

Foul by Dan Gosling (Newcastle United).

25:40

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:44

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Anders Lindegaard.

23:40

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Davide Santon with a cross.

22:54

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:54

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

21:10

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Williamson with a headed pass.

20:36

Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:36

Foul by Javier Hernández (Manchester United).

18:49

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

18:49

Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Adnan Januzaj replaces Ashley Young because of an injury.

16:46

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

16:46

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:42

Attempt missed. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

12:23

Hand ball by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

12:00

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

11:12

Foul by Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United).

11:12

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:09

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

4:28

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Massadio Haidara.

3:46

Attempt missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

1:18

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Davide Santon with a cross following a set piece situation.

0:52

Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:52

Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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