An article on the Premiership - Magpies Snatch Silverware In Epic Old Trafford Finale.

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Man Utd…..3     Newcastle Utd…..4

By Josh Jones

Yesterday lunchtime, four teams battled for the title of Premier League Champions in the closest race for years. Manchester United and the unlikely Newcastle were drawn for the top spot on eighty-nine points with the Red Devils leading on goal difference by a mere four strikes. One point behind sat Arsenal and Liverpool, also level on points. Arsene Wengers men were favourites to steal Man Utd’s crown, with a relatively simple game against relegated Sunderland whereas Liverpool faced the unpredictable West Ham at Upton Park. However, all eyes were focused upon the absolutely crucial match between Man Utd and Newcastle, bitter rivals during the nineties with common neck-to-neck battling for the championship. A win for either team would ensure the title.

As three o’clock approached on a sunny Manchester afternoon, Magpies’ manager Bobby Robson presented a traditional attacking 4-4-2 formation putting forward his strongest team. With a striking partnership of Alan Shearer and pacey Welshman Craig Bellamy, they have proved to be a nightmare for defences all around the country. Manchester United opted for the similar tactics with highest league goalscorer Ruud Van Nistlerooy and ex-Magpie Andy Cole starting. Robson and Ferguson, close friends through their long careers as football managers, enjoyed a pre-match chat, shielding the bitter rivalry between the two clubs.

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Before the game begun, van Nistelrooy deservedly received the prestigious Golden Boot Award, after a stunning 42 goals throughout the season. However, most cheers and appreciation came from the presentation of Bobby Robson’s knighthood, certifying his amazing football achievements spanning over 50 years.

When David Elleray eventually started the match the majority of play was equal, each team denying the other any space to create an attack resulting in much midfield play. Both managers were up to the touchline hurling orders after ten minutes, their voices drowned in the overwhelming roar of the stadium. Robson’s new ...

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