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Red Devils sink deeper

Monday, December 09, 2013

LONDON - Manchester United's dismal season lurched into crisis on Saturday after a 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle United condemned the champions to their fifth defeat of the campaign.

Yohan Cabaye's goal just after the hour gave Newcastle their first victory at Old Trafford since 1972 and consigned United to back-to-back home defeats in the league for the first time since May 2002.

Having lost 1-0 to Everton on Wednesday, United have now lost as many games as they did in the whole of last season's title-winning campaign and David Moyes's side could fall 15 points behind leaders Arsenal before the weekend is out.

"I'm disappointed with the result," Moyes told BT Sport. "I think there were bits of the game where we needed a bit of luck to go for us and to take our opportunities a bit better, and that didn't happen."

United's misery was tempered slightly after both Chelsea and Manchester City dropped points, but it means that Arsenal could stretch their lead to seven points if they win at home to Everton.

Chelsea slipped to third place after on-loan Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi scored a fine last-minute winner to earn Stoke City a 3-2 victory at the Britannia Stadium.

City fell one place to fourth, five points behind Arsenal, after drawing 1-1 at Southampton.

Liverpool capitalised on Chelsea and City's slip-ups to steal into second place — above Chelsea on goal difference — by winning 4-1 at home to West Ham United in a game that featured three own goals.