Half-Time Report: Juan Mata curls Manchester United in front at Newcastle United

Juan Mata curls Manchester United into a 1-0 half-time lead against Newcastle United in Saturday's Premier League game at St James' Park.

Manchester United are on course to move above Tottenham Hotspur and go sixth in the Premier League table as they lead Newcastle United 1-0 at the break.

Massadio Haidara of Newcastle United and Ashley Young of Manchester United battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on April 5, 2014© Getty Images

The first goalmouth action came in the 13th minute when the visiting Red Devils had a goal disallowed. Marouane Fellaini was the man who found the net, but it was ruled out because of a handball offence.

Minutes later manager David Moyes had to make an early substitution when Ashley Young was forced off because of an apparent dislocated finger, with Adnan Januzaj coming on in place of the Englishman.

Newcastle's closest efforts in the opening period came from Papiss Cisse, who twice tested Anders Lindegaard in quick succession midway through the half.

The visitors took the lead in the 38th minute when Juan Mata scored for the second straight game by curling a 20-yard free kick into the top corner.

It was almost two just before half time when Javier Hernandez struck the foot of the post after linking up well with Shinji Kagawa.

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United heads in the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against Bayern Munich on April 1, 2014
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