It's advantage Man City as Newcastle stun Man United 3-0 in English Premiership
Alex Ferguson insisted it's not time to panic despite admitting Manchester United had handed the Premier League title initiative back to Manchester City.
Bend it like... Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye (jersey no 4) scores off a free-kick against Manchester Utd in an EPL match on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
A stunned Ferguson saw his side suffer a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Newcastle, condemning them to back-to-back league losses for the first time in 10 months to remain second, three points adrift of Roberto Mancini's leaders, while holding the same advantage over Tottenham, in third.
The Manchester rivals meet in the FA Cup this weekend, but Ferguson's thoughts remain on his attempts to stretch City's 44-year wait for the English top flight crown, and the Scot said: "Of course it is advantage City.
We had our opportunity, they played last night and won, so it's advantage to them. The one plus for me is we had two, three players back. Maybe that can make the difference. It's not a time to panic, we have the patience and experience to cope."
Phil Jones' embarrassing injury-time own goal completed United's misery, after stunning goals in each half from Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye set Newcastle on the way to a first home win in two months to cement their hold on seventh place.
Wayne Rooney failed to shine on his return after a one-game suspension and hefty fine for flouting a club curfew over Christmas, as United were shut out for the first time this season.