Newcastle United ended their 41-year wait for a league victory at Old Trafford this afternoon as Yohan Cabaye’s goal sent Manchester United to their second successive Premier League defeat.

After Everton ended a similar barren spell in midweek, the pressure was on David Moyes to get his side’s rapidly diminishing title challenge back on track. But a determined performance from Alan Pardew’s Magpies earned a win that propels Newcastle closer to the top four and four points clear of today’s opponents.

The Toon manager made one change to the side that lost at Swansea on Wednesday, as Shola Ameobi was rested in favour of Vurnon Anita. That meant a change in system too, as the visitors employed a five-man midfield that provided a tough test for the home side.

However, Newcastle didn’t have to be at their absolute best to stop the home side, as they struggled to recreate the type of play that Old Trafford crowds have witnessed in the past. Wayne Rooney’s absence was noticeable, while Robin van Persie struggled to get any change out of the impressive partnership of Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini.

In fact, the closest the Red Devils came to threatening was when Phil Jones tried his luck from just outside the box, only to see his effort saved by Tim Krul.

Newcastle had arguably the half’s best chance themselves, when Mathieu Debuchy tried to make up for his own goal against Swansea by forcing David De Gea into a decent save.

With the home crowd increasingly nervous of falling further behind table toppers Arsenal as the second half started, their side had a clutch of chances in the opening 15 minutes. Again it was an unusual source that the opportunity fell to, as Patrice Evra headed against the post. The rebound struck Anita on the arm but claims for a penalty were waved away by Andre Marriner.

After soaking up the pressure, Newcastle reacted in style.

Moussa Sissoko – again impressive in his right midfield role – found space down the flank and smartly cut back for Cabaye to sweep home.

Moyes’ boys tried to react and thought they had an equaliser when van Persie netted but was flagged offside, an action which summed up their day. Teenage sensation Adnan Januzaj tested Krul as the home side became more desperate and Wilfried Zaha – making his first Premier League appearance of the season – also curled a shot wide.

But the fear factor of losing a late goal away to Manchester United has well and truly gone from Old Trafford now and Newcastle held on to record an historic victory.