Matt Ritchie’s first Premier League goal since May 2016 gave Newcastle United a shock 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday and struck a potentially decisive blow in the title race.
Jose Mourinho’s side suffered a second successive defeat on the road and only their third in 29 league meetings with the Magpies to stay 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City.
Mourinho had failed to win in six previous visits to St James’ Park in England’s top flight and his players rarely looked likely to bring that run to an end in another hugely disjointed display.
Ritchie’s goal vs. Man Utd: pic.twitter.com/KSAIu7fzjB
— John (@jbxnufc) February 11, 2018
Chances were scarce throughout the contest but Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez wasted clear openings, while Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed, before Ritchie capitalised on some slack defending in the 65th minute.
Mat Richie sent Alexis Sanchez back to Spain to pay off his taxes pic.twitter.com/MvjYcOE6mJ
— OKUSKUN (@wallacemoses95) February 11, 2018
The visitors offered some late pressure but could not find a way past debutant goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, meaning their chances of catching City look almost gone with 11 matches left to play.
Newcastle, meanwhile, climb to 13th in the table, two points clear of the relegation zone.