Second straight loss for United

United’s third defeat in 20 matches so far meant they stayed second on 45.

Written by Reuters | London | Published: January 6, 2012 1:37 am

Champions Manchester United suffered a second straight Premier League defeat on Wednesday night,losing 3-0 to Newcastle United to leave Manchester City three points clear at the top of the table. Demba Ba opened the scoring in the first half with his 15th league goal of the season before Yohan Cabaye made it 2-0 in the 47th from a free-kick. A Phil Jones own goal late on made sure Newcastle stayed seventh and a point behind Liverpool.

United’s third defeat in 20 matches so far meant they stayed second on 45.

Senegal striker Ba wasted a great chance to put his side in the lead early in the first half but made amends with the brilliantly taken opener. After a long kick from goalkeeper Tim Krul that was flicked on by Shola Ameobi,Ba flicked the ball right-footed over Rio Ferdinand and United keeper Anders Lindegaard into the far corner of the net on 33 minutes.

Better was to follow,when two minutes into the second half Cabaye unleashed an unstoppable free kick. Then,with United laying seige to Newcastle’s goal,defender Danny Simpson stopped a Wayne Rooney shot on the line to keep the two-goal advantage.

Former United player Simpson did the same from a Javier Hernandez shot when the two sides met in the league in November to prevent a 2-1 home win. United’s miserable night was capped with added time approaching when Jones took his eye off the ball following another huge kick by Krul and headed it onto his leg to wrong-foot Lindegaard.

Bolton overcomes freak goal

Bolton Wanderers shocked Everton 2-1 away from home after Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard had given his side the lead with a freak kick from his own area. Bolton,who moved move off the bottom to 18th place,equalised through David Ngog four minutes later with Chelsea transfer target and England defender Gary Cahill scoring the winner 12 minutes from time. Howard’s booming wind-assisted clearance bounced over opposite number Adam Bogdan and was only the fourth goal scored by a goalkeeper since the Premier League was formed in 1992-93.

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