It gets worse for David Moyes. Newcastle United recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1972 to heap further misery on the Manchester United manager with a resilient 1-0 win.

United had not lost back-to-back Premier League home games since May 2002, but Yohan Cabaye's deflected winner inflicted a fifth League defeat upon the uninspiring hosts to end Newcastle's own hoodoo, three days after Everton claimed three points at M16 for the first time in 21 years.

Nicknamed "dithering Davie" by some Blues fans during his time at Goodison Park, it was more "desperate Davie" when Moyes asked Robin van Persie, "Are you going to be okay?" Displaying a stubble and more flecks of grey in his hair, the obviously unfit Dutchman looked 10 years older.

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United's dejected players react after Cabaye's winner


Chasing the game, Moyes' options were utterly inadequate. Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley offered no creative thrust again and the pace was so pedestrian in the first 45 the game resembled a testimonial match. That Anderson was introduced for the nondescript Cleverley highlighted how short on quality this United squad, pining for Sir Alex Ferguson's influence, is.

United enjoyed a rousing spell shortly after the break when Patrice Evra's header hit the post and then Vurnon Anita's arm on the line. It looked like the ball would have gone in but for the Dutchman's intervention, yet United were out of luck.

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    Newcastle United's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcsatle United at OId Trafford in Manchester on December 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. == (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Newcastle United's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcsatle United at OId Trafford in Manchester on December 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. == (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Newcastle United's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcsatle United at OId Trafford in Manchester on December 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. == (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Newcastle United's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcsatle United at OId Trafford in Manchester on December 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. == (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Newcastle United's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcsatle United at OId Trafford in Manchester on December 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. == (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Newcastle United's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcsatle United at OId Trafford in Manchester on December 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. == (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Dejected Manchester United players look on after going 1-0 down during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Dejected Manchester United players look on after going 1-0 down during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Dejected Manchester United players look on after going 1-0 down during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Robin van Persie of Manchester United heads over goalkeeper Tim Krul of Newcastle to score a goal that was dissallowed for offside during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Referee Andre Marriner protects goalkeeper Tim Krul during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Robin van Persie of Manchester United heads over goalkeeper Tim Krul of Newcastle to score a goal that was dissallowed for offside during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Referee Andre Marriner protects goalkeeper Tim Krul during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Newcastle fans celebrate following their team's 1-0 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


And Moyes' lucklessness extended to the manner of Cabaye's decider. Patrice Evra's header ricocheted off Moussa Sissoko and the Frenchman ran to the byline to pull back for his compatriot, whose shot flicked off Nemanja Vidić to divert the ball past David de Gea.

The raw Wilfried Zaha was granted a Premier League debut and Van Persie had a goal rightly chalked off for offside by assistant Sian Massey, but, just like at Tottenham last weekend, there was no stirring surge from the champions and Newcastle defended their goal with startling ease.

United travel to Aston Villa, a side who have not won at home against the Red Devils since 1995, next weekend. Another run could be ended.