Juan Mata at the double as Manchester United down Newcastle United in Premier League

Juan Mata scored twice while Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj netted a goal each as Manchester United hammered Newcastle United 4-0 at St James' Park on Saturday.

updated: April 05, 2014 22:13 IST
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Newcastle: Juan Mata scored twice as he helped Manchester United warm up for a daunting trip to Bayern Munich with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Newcastle in the Premier League at St James' Park on Saturday. The Spaniard curled in a brilliant free-kick to put the champions ahead six minutes before half-time and the £37.1 million ($61.2m, 44.8m euros) January arrival from Chelsea showed his class and composure with a second goal five minutes into the second half.

While Newcastle struggled to improve on a run which now reads 10 defeats from their last 15 games, an effective United looked ultra-confident just days after surprisingly drawing 1-1 with Champions League-holders Bayern at Old Trafford.

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez added a third goal with 25 minutes remaining before Mata finished a memorable afternoon with a lovely backheel to gift Adnan Januzaj a stoppage-time fourth.

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