Result: Juan Mata scores twice as Manchester United crush Newcastle United

Juan Mata scores a brace as Manchester United climb up to sixth in the Premier League with a comfortable 4-0 victory at Newcastle United.

Juan Mata scored a brace as Manchester United climbed up to sixth in the Premier League with a comfortable 4-0 victory at Newcastle United.

Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on April 5, 2014© Getty Images

Early on, Marouane Fellaini had a goal disallowed for handball before Papiss Cisse twice went close for Newcastle, with Anders Lindegaard keeping out the Senegalese frontman.

Mata put United in front seven minutes before half time when his 20-yard free kick curled up over the wall and into the top corner.

The Red Devils were almost two up by half time when Javier Hernandez linked up with Shinji Kagawa before drilling low against the foot of the post.

Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on April 5, 2014© Getty Images

Five minutes after the break it was two when Mata coolly slotted home Hernandez's cutback.

Hernandez got himself on the scoresheet to make it three midway through the second half by tucking home a Kagawa centre.

Lindegaard made another save to keep out Cisse before Januzaj rounded off a comfortable afternoon by playing a one-two with Mata before slotting past Rob Elliot at his near post.

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
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