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Monday, March 13, 2006

Manchester United beat Newcastle with Rooney's double

British young star Wayne Rooney scored two goals in the first 12 minutes yesterday, and Manchester United defeated Newcastle 2-0.

On a very nice move, Rooney picked up an errant pass in the eighth minute and lobbed the ball over Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given.

Four minutes later, Louis Saha and John O'Shea carved through the Newcastle defence with a series of passes, leaving Rooney to shoot past Given for the second goal.

"We could have scored more, we should have," Rooney said. "We should have taken a lot more of our chances and won by a bigger margin, but I'm happy to get the two goals."

Manchester United, which has won four consecutive league games and has 60 points, is 15 points behind leader Chelsea, which beat Tottenham 2-1 Saturday.

This result was Newcastle's first defeat since Graeme Souness was fired two months ago.