Last Updated: 12/12/13 4:11pm
The final whistle goes and Newcastle have held on for a famous 1-0 victory to win at Old Trafford for the first time in 41 years. The result leaves Man Utd ninth in the table and further damages their chances of retaining the Premier league title. Still 12 points adrift of top spot, boos ring out around the ground as Alan Pardew rushes out to congratulate his players.
Vurnon Anita is booked following a foul on Anderson in midfield as Newcastle continue to fight hard.
Loic Remy does brilliantly once again to hold up play for Newcastle and win a throw-in even when he has no support up front, as the frustration grows for Man Utd.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa gives away a needless free-kick with an ugly tackle on Patrice Evra, and Newcastle are sitting back really deep now as they look to protect their slender lead.
Adnan Januzaj tries to make something happen for Man Utd with a quick burst down the wing but there are few options for him and he is eventually crowded out.
Mathieu Debuchy, who has just picked up a knock, makes way for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa as Alan Pardew changes his right-back.
Newcastle are still looking well organised at the back and Man Utd appear devoid of inspiration as the clock ticks down.
Mathieu Debuchy heads powerfully corner following a threatening Man Utd move and Loic Remy holds the ball up nicely to give his defence a breather, which is something he has done repeatedly this afternoon.
Adnan Januzaj shows quick feet out wide to win a free-kick for Man Utd and Robin van Persie's inswinging delivery creeps agonisingly wide of the far post, with Jonny Evans just unable to provide the slightest of touches needed to score.
Wilfried Zaha has looked lively since coming on and nearly equalises for Man Utd as he bends a shot from the left-hand corner of the box narrowly wide of the far post.
GOAL DISALLOWED. Man Utd's celebrations are cut short as Robin van Persie heads home following a free-kick but the flag is raised, correctly, for offside.
The onus may be on Man Utd to get forward but it is Newcastle keeping the ball well at the moment as Mathieu Debuchy's determination wins the visitors a throw-in in an advanced area.
Hatem Ben Arfa tries his luck with a shot from 25 yards which is fiercely struck but lacks control as it flies over the top.
David Moyes shuffles his pack by replacing Nani with Wilfried Zaha, and this is the type of opportunity the former Crystal Palace youngster will be desperate to seize after a frustrating start to the season.
Mathieu Debuchy is still looking to get forward but on this occasion his cross from the right is blocked by Patrice Evra to halt a promising counter-attack.
Nani's frustrations are evident as a bad tackle on Yohan Cabaye leaves the Frenchman having to shake off a slight knock.
The crowd has been stunned momentarily into silence as David Moyes ponders how to respond to that setback, with the Man Utd substitutes sent to warm up.
GOAL! Yohan Cabaye puts Newcastle 1-0 up. Moussa Sissoko gets a slice of luck as the ball breaks for him down the right and he is able to gallop forward before cutting the ball back calmly for Cabaye, who steers a cool finish past David de Gea and into the bottom corner.
Newcastle weather the storm as Hatem Ben Arfa shows good skill and strength to keep hold of possession, before Moussa Sissoko slices a long-range shot high and wide.
Alan Pardew makes his first change of the afternoon as he brings on Hatem Ben Arfa for Yoan Gouffran.
OFF THE POST. The deadlock is almost broken as Patrice Evra directs a header against the woodwork from a corner. Vurnon Anita is the defender on the post and the ball hits his arm as it ricochets to safety, with appeals for a penalty waved away.
The Man Utd fans react to the improvement by roaring the team on, as Robin van persie heads narrowly wide from a free-kick.
Tim Krul is made to work again with a smart stop from Adnan Januzaj's 20-yard strike as Man Utd crank up the pressure.
Robin van Persie picks out Javier Hernandez with a sublime pass and the Mexican forces Tim Krul into an excellent save down low to his right.
Rafael nearly carves out something for Man Utd as he delivers an excellent low cross from the right. Mike Williamson tries to cut it out and manages to take some of the power off the ball, allowing Mathieu Debuchy to head calmly back to Tim Krul from close range before Robin van Persie can pounce from the back post.
Man Utd earn a free-kick out wide on the right but Tim Krul, who has had a quieter afternoon so far than he might have expected, shows good command of his area to come out and take the catch.
Man Utd have a period of possession in midfield but there is no great tempo to the game and they will have to inject some more pace into proceedings to pull Newcastle out of position.
Newcastle set off on the front foot as Yoan Gouffran sends in a cross from the right and Man Utd struggle to clear their lines.
Newcastle get the second half started. There have been no changes at the interval and there is still everything to play for after a tight opening period.
Man Utd fan Grant has given us this half-time viewpoint: 'The change in Man Utd is clear to see. In the Sir Alex era we would blow teams like Newcastle away. A manager who is yet to win anything in his career was not the correct choice. This is not the 80s, the game has moved on. For a club like Man Utd we need a manager who is used to winning, not a man whose biggest achievement was finishing 4th one season. Moyes' dealings in the transfer market were very disappointing too. These issues need to be addressed!'
Mathieu Debuchy forces David de Gea to make another save, this time with a powerful header from the edge of the area, before the half-time whistle goes. The score remains goalless and it has been another subdued performance from Man Utd., There have not been any great chances at either end but Newcastle will be delighted with how they have kept the champions at bay.
Newcastle have their best chance of the first half as Mathieu Debuchy sprints down the right to latch on to a great pass, and he tests David de Gea with a powerful shot from a tight angle with is parried firmly away.
Newcastle have frustrated Man Utd with some strong tackling in midfield and they will be hoping to remain on level terms until deep into the second half before perhaps unleashing the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa from the bench.
There are appeals for a penalty, from the Old Trafford faithful at least, as Javier Hernandez goes down in the area under a challenge from Fabricio Coloccini. Referee Andre Marriner waves play on and replays show that is a great decision as there was no contact from Coloccini, who reacted quickly to get his foot out of the way as the Mexican turned inside.
Cheick Tiote is not known for his goals and his latest shot shows just why he does not get on the score sheet too regularly, as he slices a long-range effort horribly wide.
Robin van Persie has looked a little lethargic today and he is unable to set up a good chance for Man Utd as he sprays a pass, intended for Adnan Januzaj, straight out of play.
Cheick Tiote is lucky not to be shown a yellow card after catching Javier Hernandez with a flailing arm. The free-kick for Man Utd is taken quickly and worked to Adnan Januzaj, but Yoan Gouffran steps in with a well-timed tackle inside the area.
Javier Hernandez does well to hold the ball up for Man Utd and he tries to play in Nani behind the Newcastle defence, but the pass is just too short.
Tom Cleverley's foul on Cheick Tiote presents Yohan Cabaye with an opportunity to whip in a free-kick from a central area 40 yards out, but he is on a different wavelength to his team-mates as the ball flies straight out for a goal-kick.
Yohan Cabaye is fine to continue and plays his part in a swift Newcastle counter-attack also involving Cheick Tiote and Mathieu Debuchy.
Yohan Cabaye requires treatment after a tackle from Robin van Persie leaves him grounded and looking for attention.
Yohan Cabaye's shot from distance takes a deflection and loops high in the air before dropping just over David de Gea's goal in an anxious moment for the Man Utd keeper, who did have it covered.
Phil Jones is left with a bit of a limp after a crunching challenge from Cheick Tiote, who wins the ball before catching the Man Utd player firmly on the shin on the follow-through. The outcome could have been much nastier for Jones as he tries to run off the knock.
Adnan Januzaj demonstrates excellent close control as he takes down a high ball and spins away from Vurnon Anita before delivering a good cross to the near post, where Mathieu Debuchy again does well to head behind.
Cheick Tiote feeds Yohan Cabaye on the edge of the area with a well-disguised short pass, but the French midfielder's shooting for once lets him down as he drags an effort wide.
Man Utd earn a free-kick in a decent area but the chance comes to nothing as Newcastle hold firm at the back. Their defensive discipline has been impressive so far today and they have contained the champions with relative ease.
Man Utd launch a swift attack down the right as Javier Hernandez races away from his defender before releasing Adnan Januzaj, whose low cross is crucially intercepted by Mathieu Debuchy before it can reach the back post.
Javier Hernandez shows sharp movement as he chases a long ball, but Tim Krul is alert to the danger and rushes out to claim the ball first.
Nemanja Vidic is not afraid to put his body on the line for the Man Utd cause, and he bangs his nose against Loic Remy as he goes up for a header and concedes a free-kick.
Newcastle enjoy a decent spell of possession as their midfielders link up to good effect, before Loic Remy gets in front of his defender to head Moussa Sissoko's cross well wide of David de Gea's left-hand post.
Nani picks up a knock following an aerial challenge with Mathieu Debuchy and the physios come on to administer treatment, but he is fine to continue.
Javier Hernandez looks eager to impress as he harries Fabricio Coloccini and then Tim Krul after the ball is passed back for the goalkeeper to boot it up field.
Nani switches play from the left to the right for Adnan Januzaj and he lays the ball back for Tom Cleverley. He gets two bites at the cherry as his first shot is blocked, but his second effort also takes a deflection which takes the pace off and allows Tim Krul to gather safely.
Tim Krul, Player of the Month for November, is called into action with a smart save as he does well to hold a well-struck 20-yard shot from Phil Jones.
Yohan Cabaye becomes the first player to be shown a yellow card following a foul on Adnan Januzaj, and he will now miss Newcastle's next match.
Tom Cleverley finds Rafael in an advanced position down the right wing and the Brazilian sends in a cross to the back post, but there is nobody in the middle to challenge for the ball.
Man Utd are looking tidy on the ball but Newcastle are extremely organised at the moment and the home side will have to remain patient.
Adnan Januzaj wins a free-kick for Man Utd near the right touchline as Newcastle work hard to prevent the skilful youngster time and space on the ball.
Newcastle, wearing their yellow shirts this afternoon, are unlikely to be overly adventurous in the early stages as they sit back and allow Man Utd plenty of possession in midfield.
Yoan Gouffran swings over a cross from the left or Newcastle but there are none of his team-mates in the centre to put Patrice Evra under pressure as he makes the clearance.
The teams gather round the centre circle ahead of kick-off as the whole of Old Trafford pays tribute with a minute's applause to Nelson Mandela, who died this week.
The players emerge from the tunnel and there is a special atmosphere building at Old Trafford as Manchester United go in search of an important victory and Newcastle look to make history by winning at this ground for the first time since 1972.
Ryan says: 'I think Moyes has to go. Old Trafford was a place where teams are supposed to fear us. But since Fergie retired, the results have not been good. It just goes to show what one man can do.'
Terry Stapleton writes: 'The difference between David Moyes and SAF is Sir Alex had an ace card called Ryan Giggs. This guy had, and still has, the ability to turn a game around and strengthen defence. Leaving him out altogether is a mistake and Mr. Moyes is suffering for it.'
Rachel Jenkins is another optimistic Man Utd supporter, adding: 'Huge Manchester United fan from Wales. Happy that van Persie is back although we needed it as Rooney seems to be the only one on form but looking forward to Hernandez and Januzaj getting some game time so maybe 3-1 4-1.'
Ruairi says: 'Happy enough with the line-up but I would have liked to see Zaha on instead of Nani and show that United have youngsters that they can rely on. Going for a solid 2 -0 win for United.'
Sean Ferguson says: 'Van Persie to score first within 20mins. Man Utd looking promising for a win, however a draw is definitely on the cards.'
Keil in Manchester writes: 'For me the past few games have shown how pivotal Michael Carrick is for us. If we're going to take any silverware this season Moyes must add depth in midfield in January. Cleverley isn't united level - simple as that. I'm hoping for a Man United win but Newcastle are in great form, haven't won in 29 attempts...we all know how the last game like that ended.'
Gary Thomson says: 'I reckon Man U should win comfortably!!! Newcastle are a good team though and might sneak a draw or even a win.'
The return of Robin van Persie is one of seven changes made by Manchester United as David Moyes freshens up his side in a search for a winning formula. However, Wayne Rooney is suspended and Shinji Kagawa is not fit enough even to be named among the substitutes following a bout of illness this week. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew makes just one change to his side, reinforcing the midfield with the inclusion of Vernon Anita in place of Shoal Ameobi. Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse are both on the bench after missing out completely in midweek.
Why not check out the latest odds with Sky Bet ahead of the match? Man Utd are at 4/9 and Newcastle 7/1, with the draw at 7/2. Robin van Persie is at 5/2 to open the scoring in his first match back following injury.
'Hernandez and Januzaj to link up well today with Utd winning 3-1. From Danny 'the bluffer' Sheerin and Ryan 'working hard' Knox 'at work'.'
Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Cleverley, Jones, Januzaj, van Persie, Hernandez. Subs: Ferdinand, Anderson, Lindegaard, Young, Welbeck, Valencia, Zaha.
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran. Subs: Cisse, Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gutierrez, Elliot, Shola Ameobi, Obertan.
Chris Green from Huddersfield says: 'This is a must-win game for United because if we fall victims of another shock, our chances of retaining the title will definitely be dead and buried.'
The breaking team news is that Robin van Persie has given Manchester United a major boost by returning to fitness to start up front alongside Javier Hernandez, while there is also a place in the side for Adnan Januzaj.
Joshua is the first to get in touch, saying: 'United should easily get a win or a draw after the midweek game against Everton. Come on Red Devils. But Newcastle have been in god form.'
Newcastle have not won on their last 29 visits to Manchester United and are also looking to return to winning ways after suffering a 3-0 defeat at Swansea City on Wednesday. The Magpies had won their previous four games and Alan Pardew and Tim Krul were recognised as the Manager and Player of the Month for November following some excellent performances. Pardew has played down talk of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League but Newcastle are currently eighth in the standings, a point better off than their opponents, and a victory today would demonstrate that they are a force to be reckoned with.
David Moyes has insisted that Manchester United can still win the Premier League, but admitted they are playing 'big catch-up' after slipping 12 points behind leaders Arsenal following a midweek defeat at home to the manager's former club Everton. Moyes is sure to face further questions about his side's title prospects after today's match and he will hope to be in a more comfortable position to give his answers. A win for the Red Devils would catapult them from ninth to sixth ahead of the rest of the weekend's games, and there are still plenty of reasons for fans to be positive. Man Utd had been unbeaten in 12 matches before losing to Everton and also have an excellent record against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Let us know your views and predictions ahead of the match by getting in touch at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. Will Man Utd prove too strong on home soil this lunchtime or can Newcastle spring a surprise? What kind of match are you expecting? The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think are likely to be the key players?
Welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of the Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford. It always promises to be an exciting encounter when these two sides meet and today's game has some extra spice as Premier League champions Man United strive to stay in title contention against a Magpies side in decent form and actually ahead of them in the table.