|Top Scorer||P Beardsley, A Cole (15)|
Keegan further strengthened his defence with the signings of internationals Marc Hottiger and Phillipe Albert.
The team made a scintillating start and in their first 11 League games they won 9 and drew 2. They also recorded a record 9 victories in a row in all competitions.
United were thrilling the nation with their open one-touch game and they made a name for themselves on the continent too as they returned to the UEFA Cup (for the first time since 1977/78) with an incredible 10-2 aggregate win over Anderlecht.
Unfortunately they blew a 3-0 lead against Athletico Bilbao in the next round by allowing the Spaniards to pull back two goals. Athletico won the second leg 1-0 and United went out on the away goals rule.
The shin split suffering Andy Cole was one of a number of key players who succumbed to injury and as a result United suffered a slump in league form during November and December which saw them drop to 4th. Man City also knocked the Magpies out the League Cup.
The New Year saw Keegan shock the football world by selling star striker Andy Cole to Manchester United. It was a brave decision and Keegan found himself having to justify his actions to irate supporters at the club entrance.
New signing Paul Kitson had the unenviable job of replacing the goal king and despite his best efforts goals were hard to come by and he found himself getting the bird from some fans on occasion.
But United put a decent run together and by mid March they were 3rd in the Premiership and in the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup (for the first time since 1976).
Everton beat the Magpies in the Cup and the season rather fizzled out with United failing to reach the European placings. The Cole transfer was still uppermost in the minds of the United supporters.
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After making such a brilliant start to the season the eventual 6th placed finish was something of a disappointment. United found goals harder to come by and although their home form was better than in 1993/94, away from Tyneside they were not as effective.
The Magpies got off to a blistering start, recording 9 wins and 2 draws in the first 11 games.
Their first defeat was at Old Trafford at the end of October and this would be the start of a very poor run of form over the next 3 months which brought only 1 win in 13 games and led to Newcastle slipping to 4th.
United then had another good spell which brought 7 wins out of 9 and after beating Arsenal at home on the 19th March they were in 3rd with 9 games left to play.
Although Blackburn (13 points) and Man United (7 points) were too far ahead Newcastle had a six-point lead over fourth placed Liverpool, although they did have a couple of games in hand. However, only two of the remaining fixtures were won and the Magpies failed to qualify for Europe.H
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|R1 L1||13/9||A||R Antwerp||W||5-0||H|
|R1 L2||27/9||H||R Antwerp||W||5-2||H|
Total number of games: 56
Total number of players used: 24
04: Venison ((Watson)
06: Albert > Howey
09: Cole > Kitson
11: Sellars > Kitson > Gillespie
|Kitson Paul||09/94||23||Derby County||£2,225m|
|Gillespie Keith||01/95||19||Man Utd||(p/ex)|
|Guppy Steve||11/94||25||Port Vale||£225,000|
|Cole Andy||01/95||23||Man Utd||£7,000,000|