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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

United Runs Down Newcastle, 1-0

NEWCASTLE, England -- Giant Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel blunted a star-studded Newcastle attack to help haul Manchester United all but abreast of the Premier League leader.


"It's only one match in 10 that I'm called on to make so many saves and I'm pleased I had a good game," Schmeichel said.


An Eric Cantona goal on Monday gave United a 1-0 away victory to end Newcastle's perfect home record this season.


It was United's seventh successive league win and 10th in a row in all competitions.


"I was glad to be involved after only two minutes," Schmeichel added of a crucial save when he blocked a shot from Les Ferdinand at the feet of the striker, who had been put through by Faustino Asprilla.


Colombian international Asprilla was making his home debut for Newcastle.


"We are most definitely back in the title race now. In the last couple of weeks we have shown we are definitely there to be counted," Schmeichel said.


Asked whether he thought United would go on to win the title, he replied: "We are still a very young and inexperienced team. We have to take every game as it comes.


"I thought Liverpool played very well against Aston Villa and I don't think you can count them out. Newcastle played us off the park in the first half and they are still in there, they have still got belief.


"But of course, this win means something psychological."


Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan said Newcastle would have deserved a lead of two or three goals at halftime, given its dominance in the first half and the number of scoring chances it created.


Asprilla, in particular, showed great skills as he linked up with Peter Beardsley in setting up attacking movements.


"This result will have pleased a lot of people who were writing us off," Keegan said. "But if you don't take your chances ..." he added without completing his sentence.


The United defense, deprived of England center back Gary Pallister by a recurrence of a back injury, took most of the first half to settle down.


But United took a grip on midfield early in the second half and brought Cantona more into the game.


Asprilla faded as Newcastle's attack got far less service after the interval as the team lost much of its shape.


"There was a lot at stake," said Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.


"It says a lot for the players to come here and win. Now we are well back in the championship race" he said.


Newcastle leads United by one point with a game in hand and 10 to play. Just a month ago, the gap was nine points with a game in hand.


Third-place Liverpool, the only other team in the race, is six points behind the leader.


"It's going to be one incredible finish. It's going to be one heck of a game now when Liverpool play Newcastle at Anfield," Ferguson said.


The date for that clash is April 1.