Newcastle United 5-0 Manchester United

Written on 03/21/2020
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While the football is on hold, we will throw you back in time, daily, to some classic football matches and feature some Toon legends! What is your favourite moment? Leave a comment via the link at the top of this article. 


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20 October 1996

Highlights from St James Park where Newcastle United beat Manchester United 5-0 with goals from Peacock (12), Ginola (30), Ferdinand (62), Shearer (74), Albert (83).

Beaten into second place in the Premier League by Manchester United in May and heavily defeated by the Red Devils in the Charity Shield in August, this was a chance for payback for Kevin Keegan’s Magpies. In a blaze of unstoppable attacking football, Newcastle simply dismantled the champions, scoring five times without reply in front of a delirious St. James’ Park.

In a blaze of unstoppable attacking football, Newcastle simply dismantled the champions, scoring five times without reply in front of a delirious St. James’ Park.

The first goal arrived in the 12th minute when an eagle-eyed linesman spotted that centre-back Darren Peacock’s header had crossed the line before being cleared by Denis Irwin.

On the half-hour, Newcastle doubled their lead in style. Steve Watson and John Beresford worked the ball to David Ginola on the left and the mercurial Frenchman cut inside before unleashing a searing right-footed drive beyond Schmeichel and into the top right corner.

The match was over as a contest with just over an hour played – Alan Shearer crossing for Les Ferdinand to bury a header as the Entertainers ran riot.

Shearer tucked away the fourth after Schmeichel had saved miraculously at close quarters from Peter Beardsley and Ferdinand, but the best was still to come.

Belgian central defender Philippe Albert – not known for his goalscoring prowess - strode forward from the insight right channel to seal things.

Spotting Schmeichel off his line, Albert produced a moment of pure magic; executing a chip from outside the area that sailed over the stranded goalkeeper.

"If it had only been 1-0 or 2-0, I wouldn’t have tried that chip," Albert said later. "But at 4-0 there was nothing to lose and when no Manchester United player came to challenge me, I thought 'why not?' and went for it.

"It was a very special moment to end a very special game."

Newcastle United line-up
Srníček, Watson (Barton), Beresford, Peacock, Albert, Batty, Lee (Clark), Beardsley, Shearer, Ferdinand, Ginola

Goals
Newcastle United (Peacock, 12; Ginola, 30; Ferdinand, 63; Shearer, 75; Albert 83)

Attendance
36,579