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SHEAR; MURDER!; Cantona bust-up as United stroll it.

Angry Kevin Keegan saw Newcastle suffer a Wembley humiliation then blasted: "We were abysmal."

Alan Shearer was a disaster as Manchester United strolled to an emphatic 4-0 triumph in the Charity Shield.

A dejected Keegan admitted: "There was a massive gulf between the two sides."

Shearer was overshadowed by Eric Cantona, who scored the first goal and then had a hand in two others.

Cantona was lucky to stay on the pitch after a rush of blood when he pulled Philippe Albert by the collar and hurled him to the ground.

With 40,000 Newcastle fans baying for his dismissal referee Paul Durkin only gave him a yel-low card. Cantona believed Albert had made a meal of it. "I just touched him and he fell over. I must be very strong," he said.

Alex Ferguson said: "Albert made the most of it. It was innocuous - something and nothing. It was only a shove."

Keegan refused to

comment on the referee's decision.

"Let's concentrate on the good things in the game - Cantona was exceptional. He was head and shoulders above the rest," he said.

Shearer summed up his and Newcastle's agony by admitting: "We were hopeless in the first half and not much better in the second. We have to defend as well as score goals and we did neither.

"The only plus point was that we kept it down to four."

Keegan added: "We've had a good go at them in the dressing-room. I told them 4-0 was about right. We were dreadful.

"I feel desperately sorry for our fans. They've come all the way to Wembley only to be let down.

"If I had to decimate my team I would start with the goalkeeper and go right through to David Ginola.

"We didn't come here on merit we were invited because United won both the Cup and League. Now I wish they had invited someone else.

"At least we can't be that bad again. I'm proud of this club and this badge and I want the players to feel the same way."

Shearer admitted: "We looked at this as another pre-season friendly. But we can only get better.''
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Tanner, Richard
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 12, 1996
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