Manchester United moved into second place in the Premier League table this afternoon, after walking over a disappointing Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Goals from unlikely sources did the damage, as Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra and Tom Cleverley got on the score sheet.

Papiss Cisse had a header that appeared to have crossed the line chalked off for the home side, but in truth the Geordies never came close to getting anything from the game. Awful defending from set pieces was the Magpies’ downfall, as the first two corners of the game had them 2-0 down.

The worrying thing for Newcastle was that they could have been further behind before Evra’s goal put them two down, as only poor finishing from Danny Welbeck spared the Geordies a cricket-like score line. First the England man failed to connect properly with a 6-yard strike before he tackled Steve Harper and missed the empty net.

Evans’ opener was the definition of simplicity for Alex Ferguson’s side, when the Northern Ireland defender met a Robin Van Persie corner unmarked and powered a header past Harper. Three black and white shirts stood and watched as Evans connected, but none could do anything to stop the strike.

After Harper had then attempted to dribble past Welbeck and had his blushes narrowly spared, another corner had Newcastle further behind. This time it was Wayne Rooney who whipped a ball in and Evra was the man on the end of it, beating the lackadaisical Demba Ba at the near post.

The home side were reeling and couldn’t find a way back into the contest, as they struggled to feed the front pair of Ba and Cisse. Hatem Ben Arfa couldn’t inspire the masses with his mazy dribbling and Yohan Cabaye failed to pull the strings from midfield.

However, the Toon Army nearly reignited the game in the second half, as Ba flicked a header onto the crossbar and the rebound fell to Cisse, whose stooping header was clawed away by David De Gea. Replays were inconclusive, however even if the goal had been given, not many would have fancied Newcastle to go on and salvage anything from the game.

Instead it was the visitors who added a third with the luck that Newcastle had been missing earlier on, as Tom Cleverley found the top corner. The England man was certainly aiming for Van Persie at the far post, but his cross was too powerful and ended up in the top corner, leaving the masses at St James’ heading for the exits.

Alan Pardew was not happy with Van Persie after the Dutch forward appeared to elbow Yohan Cabaye in an off the ball incident, although any ban for the former Arsenal man will be scamp consolation to the Geordie nation.

By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson