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Man U clinch seven-goal thriller against New castle

Javier Hernandez's goal in the 90th minute gave Manchester United a potentially vital 4-3 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday to give them a seven-point Premier League lead. The Mexican forward slid in to meet Michael Carrick's right-wing cross with two seconds left on the clock to break the hearts of a Newcastle side who had dreamt of a famous win on at least three occasions during a pulsating game.

Jonny Evans scored at each end after James Perch had claimed an early opening goal for Alan Pardew's team, who came to Manchester without an away league victory this season. Patrice Evra equalised for the home team, as did Robin van Persie, after Papiss Cisse had shot Newcastle into the lead for the third, and final, time. Substitute Samuel Ameobi might have handed the visitors the lead for a fourth time, hitting the post with an 85th-minute shot.

But a breathtaking game may yet come under the scrutiny of the Football Association following the actions of United manager Alex Ferguson as the players waited for the second half to kick off. The veteran Scot marched onto the pitch to remonstrate with referee Mike Dean, his assistant and fourth official over the decision to award Newcastle's controversial second goal after 28 minutes.

Evans put the ball into his own goal from Danny Simpson's cross and although Cisse was in an offside position, Dean allowed the goal to stand after a long discussion with linesman Jake Collin, who had initially flagged for offside. Newcastle had taken just four minutes to take the lead, thanks to an error by goalkeeper David de Gea and the defenders in front of him, who allowed Demba Ba too much space on the edge of the area after he had pounced on a poor piece of control from Carrick. The Newcastle forward sent in a low, hard shot that the goalkeeper kept out, but Perch had the simple task of driving the ball into the gaping net.
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