Ferdinand recalls Newcastle thrashing Man Utd 5-0

Les Ferdinand has recalled Newcastle’s 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United in 1996.

Newcastle had boasted a 12 point lead over Man United (having played a game more) at the summit of the Premier League in January 1995. The Red Devils staged a sensational turnaround to clinch the title by four points and subsequently condemned Newcastle to a 4-0 defeat in the Charity Shield at the start of the following season.

The Magpies were applauded off the pitch despite the humiliation inflicted on them. Ferdinand has recalled Kevin Keegan’s words of wisdom before one of Newcastle’s most extraordinary victories.

“I always remember Kevin Keegan’s team talk shortly before the home match with them the following season,” Ferdinand told FourFourTwo. “He said, ‘You owe all of these fans’, after they clapped us off at Wembley when we really didn’t deserve it.

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“Every player was so determined to win that afternoon, and what a performance it was – I headed the third goal from Alan Shearer’s cross.

“Whenever I speak to Newcastle supporters, that’s the game they bring up.”

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