Newcastle forward Demba Ba scored a stunning goal against Manchester United in its 3-0 defeat of the champions.NEWCASTLE, England – Sir Alex Ferguson insisted it was not time to panic after Manchester United had handed the English Premier League title initiative back to Manchester City with a second straight loss.
A stunned Ferguson saw his side suffer a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Newcastle, condemning it to back-to-back league losses for the first time in 10 months to remain in second, but three points adrift of Roberto Mancini’s leaders, while holding the same advantage over Tottenham Hotspur, in third.
The Manchester rivals meet in the FA Cup this weekend, but Ferguson’s thoughts remain on his attempts to stretch City’s 44-year wait for the English top-flight crown.
“Of course it is advantage City. We had our opportunity, they played last night and won, so it’s advantage to them.
“The one plus for me is we had two or three players back, and maybe that can make the difference. It’s not a time to panic – we have the patience and experience to cope.”
Phil Jones’ embarrassing injury-time own goal completed United’s misery, after stunning goals in each half from Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye set Newcastle on the way to a first home win in two months to cement its hold on seventh place.
Wayne Rooney failed to shine on his return after a one-game suspension and hefty fine for flouting a club curfew over Christmas, as United were shut out for the first time this season.
“We started reasonably well, and we had a good chance when Wayne was through and the ball ran under his foot,” said Ferguson
“But then Newcastle scored a fantastic goal, and it really picked everyone up in the stadium.
“They got really aggressive against us and made it difficult.
In yesterday’s other game, Bolton moved off the bottom after coming from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard opened the scoring with a freak effort before Bolton hit back with goals from David Ngog and Gary Cahill.
Howard’s 63rd-minute effort came when the Everton goalkeeper’s long clearance bounced over the head of Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan and flew into the net. He is only the fourth goalie to score in Premier League history.
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