Newcastle United defeated Manchester United for the second match in less than a month, thanks to Anthony Gordon’s 55th-minute winner.
However, the triumph came at a cost, as custodian Nick Pope seemed to have suffered a significant shoulder injury.
In-form Gordon knocked in Kieran Trippier’s low cross at the far post to give Newcastle a well-deserved victory that lifted them above their opponents and into striking distance of the Premier League’s top four.
It happened 31 days after Eddie Howe’s team won the Carabao Cup with a 3-0 triumph at Old Trafford.
Alexander Isak’s attempt was diverted barely wide by Harry Maguire before Trippier’s wonderfully executed free-kick rattled to safety against the underside of the bar for Howe’s already injury-ravaged team.
When Newcastle eventually got a goal, it was no surprise that it came from Gordon, whose left-sided pairing with Tino Livramento had been too much for Manchester United to handle.
Newcastle has now defeated Manchester United in three successive games for the first time in over a century.
With an outstanding goalline stop, Aaron Wan-Bissaka denied Newcastle a second, only for Fabian Schar to do the same to keep away Sergio Reguilon’s shot, the visitors came the closest to averting their sixth defeat of the season.
However, Pope was injured while attempting to save, with the England man instantly indicating he could not continue.
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, ddmore 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 spot on Howe’s team has opened up, and Livramento has stepped straight in.
This was his third start in a week, and he could not have been accused of a soft introduction considering that he had played two of England’s greatest teams on each side of the encounter against PSG.
When given the opportunity to continue storming down the wing in support of Gordon, Livramento took advantage, frequently upsetting the visitors to the point where they were lucky not to go down at the interval.
The 14 shots faced were the most Manchester United have faced in the first half of a league game since they were four behind against Manchester City in October 2022.
Even though Gordon won the game, Howe will not forget the 21-year-old’s contribution to another memorable night at St James’ Park.