The Christmas schedule is well and truly under way with nine Premier League matches taking place on Boxing Day.
As is always the case this time of year, the fate of some clubs will be decided by the results they record over this hectic time with chances of titles and relegations starting to become clearer.
James Perch opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Jonny Evans levelled for United but the Northern Irishman then allowed the Toon to take the lead again with a 29th-minute own-goal.
Patrice Evra equalised for a second time for the Red Devils ten minutes prior to Papiss Cisse’s 68th-minute go-ahead goal before Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez clinched a dramatic win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
Saturday December 29 and Sunday December 30 sees a full set of 10 fixtures before all clubs take the pitch again on January 1 and 2 before a 10-day Premier League break.
2012/13 Barclays Premier League scores
Manchester United: 4 (Jonny Evans 25’, Patrice Evra 58’, Robin van Persie 71’, Javier Hernandez 90’)
Newcastle United: 3 (James Perch 4’, Jonny Evans (og) 29’, Papiss Cisse 68’)
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