When you think about Newcastle United vs Manchester United, most Toon fans begin to dream about Philippe Albert. The Belgian defender’s delicate chip over Peter Schmeichel capped off one of the Magpies’ greatest ever victories.
But in the modern era, another man should be considered a legend of the fixture – Yohan Cabaye.
The French midfielder arrived at St James’ Park in 2011, costing £4.3 million from Lille. He was handed the number four shirt, taking it from the departing Kevin Nolan.
Despite early concerns that this could be a mistake, Cabaye quickly showed his class and eased any doubts fans had.
He scored some spectacular goals in a black and white shirt, but his best might have came on January 4th 2012.
The Magpies won a free kick 30 yards from goal. With class and precision, Cabaye found the top corner, as the Magpies eased towards a famous 3-0 win.
In December 2013, Cabaye got his second Newcastle goal against Manchester United, making history in the process. The Red Devils were on the decline under David Moyes, with Old Trafford no longer a fortress.
Newcastle had gone 41 years without a win away to Manchester United, but Cabaye stroked home a brilliant move to give the Geordies a historic 1-0 victory at the Theatre of Dreams.
Cabaye should always be remembered when Newcastle take on Manchester United, as his heroics gave us two great days and six important points.
With Manchester United due back at St James’ Park, which current Magpie can step up and write their own piece of history?