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Cup cheer for Red Devils
Tom Cleverley scored his first Manchester United goal as the Red Devils edged out Newcastle 2-1 to secure a place in the Capital One Cup fourth round.
With Wayne Rooney making a successful comeback from his gashed thigh and Darren Fletcher completing the full 90 minutes on his first start since it was revealed he was suffering from a chronic bowel complaint 10 months ago, it was a satisfactory evening for Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
Papiss Cisse did give the hosts a scare when he followed up his first goal of the season by crashing a late overhead kick against the bar. Anderson had put Ferguson's side in front just before the break, and United's youthful defence held on to seal a last-16 berth.
Cleverley should have scored after 34 minutes when he strode onto Javier Hernandez's lay-off. But with just Rob Elliot to beat, the England international sent the ball flying wide, much to his own disbelief.
Anderson broke the deadlock a minute before the break. Picking the ball up 40 yards out, Anderson ran hard towards the Newcastle box, neatly manoeuvring himself into a shooting position from where his well-struck effort flew in off the inside of Elliot's right-hand post.
It gave the home side a half-time advantage they just about deserved. Although their defence boasted just two appearances between them, for the most past they kept Newcastle at bay.
Dan Gosling wasted a decent chance and returning skipper Fabricio Coloccini had a header deflected wide, but with debutant Marnick Vermijl and England Under-19 international Michael Keane both impressing, United could go forward with confidence.
After his earlier woeful effort, Cleverley was eager to make amends. Collecting Danny Welbeck's pass, the England man only had one thought on his mind. And virtually as soon as the shot left his foot, he set off in celebration at such a landmark moment as his first goal for United nestled in the Newcastle net.
Within a minute of his introduction though, last season's scoring sensation Cisse scored his first of this term, a close-range header from a cross delivered from the left by fellow substitute Shane Ferguson to breathe fresh life into the tie.
In response, luckless Hernandez crashed a shot against the bar while with the clock ticking down, Cisse's overhead kick also hit the woodwork. It was as close as Newcastle came to an equaliser, although the late exit of Alexander Buttner threatened to give Ferguson another defensive headache.