Manchester United take a tumble as Liverpool go second

Manchester UnitedManchester United's Patrice Evra falls to the ground during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at Old Trafford in Manchester (Reuters)

Champions Manchester United crashed to a second home Premier League defeat in four days when they lost 1-0 to Newcastle United on Saturday while Jose Mourinho's Chelsea suffered a shock 3-2 loss at Stoke City.

Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool climbed to second with a 4-1 romp over West Ham United at Anfield and Manchester City slipped one place to fourth after being held 1-1 at Southampton.

Tottenham Hotspur rekindled their challenge by winning 2-1 at Sunderland while leaders Arsenal, who still have a four-point lead at the top, entertain Everton at The Emirates on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger's side have 34 points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea on 30, Manchester City (29), Everton and Tottenham (27) and Newcastle (26). Sunderland stay bottom with eight points.

Norwich City won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion while Crystal Palace picked up their second successive victory under new manager Tony Pulis with a 2-0 home win over Cardiff City.

Newcastle's victory was their first at Old Trafford since February, 1972, while Stoke ended Chelsea's run of three wins and enjoyed their first league success against them since 1975.

Manchester United manager David Moyes, without suspended England striker Wayne Rooney, made seven changes to the team beaten by Everton on Wednesday but witnessed a forlorn display.

Newcastle's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye struck the only goal with a controlled 10-metre shot after 61 minutes, condemning the hosts to back-to-back home defeats for the first since May 2002. It was also Moyes' third loss as manager in eight games at Old Trafford.

PERFECT PLAN

Alan Pardew, who has guided Newcastle to five wins in six league games on their climb to sixth place, plotted a perfect plan for his improving team who subdued their hosts, controlled possession and seized victory in style.

"It's one of the top moments for me in my time here - it's been 41 years we've been waiting," he told BT Sport television. "It was a magnificent performance. I know we won't get the headlines because of United and poor old David Moyes.

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