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Man United defeat leaves Newcastle reeling
Updated: 2005-08-29 09:56

LONDON, Aug 28 - Manchester United made it three wins out of three in the Premier League when Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy gave them a 2-0 win at St James' Park that left Newcastle United in dire straits on Sunday.

Newcastle, yet to score in four matches, have collected just one point as the pressure mounts on manager Graeme Souness.

Earlier on Sunday, Charlton Athletic won 3-0 at Middlesbrough to make it three out of three, their best start in the Premier League.

Newcastle went into Sunday's match short of confidence after an unimpressive start but responded well with an encouraging opening spell.

Debutant forward Albert Luque put the ball in the net after 13 minutes after Edwin van der Sar had parried a low Alan Shearer shot but the Spanish striker, who joined from Deportivo Coruna for 9.5 million pounds ($17.17 million) on Friday, was offside.

United struggled to impose themselves on the game and got the breakthrough with a route one goal in the 66th minute.

Newcastle defender Jean-Alain Boumsong failed to cut out an Edwin van der Sar punt downfield and the ever-alert Rooney nipped in, showing strength and an assured touch, before lashing the ball past Shay Given.

Newcastle were unable to hit back and Souness, nervous in the knowledge that United have parted company with their last three managers in August, suffered a final blow when Rooney set up Van Nistelrooy for the second in stoppage time.
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