Newcastle were a little lucky to be all square at half time at Old Trafford as they put in a dogged defensive display this afternoon.
The Newcastle line up seems to be 4-4-1-1 with Smith and Butt in midfield and the dangerous N’Zogbia playing just behind Owen up front.
Newcastle were a little lucky not to concede a penalty a couple of times especially when Smith seemed to knock Giggs off the ball.
But as usual at Old Trafford,the players and manager Alex Ferguson are trying to intimidate the referee into giving them a penalty but referee Styles is having none of it.
Surprisingly after 39 minutes Owen had the ball in the net but was flagged for offside. TV replays clearly showed Owen was onside and it should have been a Newcastle goal.
Shay Given is having another excellent game for the Magpies and his best save was from Ronaldo low to his right, but he has has made good saves from Rooney, who missed a number of chances, and Tevez,
At the back Taylor and Cacapa are doing well as are our two both full backs Enrique and Carr.
But as the half went on Manchester United piled on more and more pressure but the longer the lads can hold on through the second half, the better chance we will have.
Wonder when the last time any team got a penalty against Manchester at Old Trafford â€“ years ago we would think. We just don’t like the way Ferguson and the Manchester United players are pestering the referee all the time. And of course the TV commentary is as though Newcastle were not even on the field, it’s so biased in favor of the Red Devils.
Manchester United: Edwin Van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand, Anderson, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney
Subs: Ji-sung Park, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Danny Simpson, Tomasz Kuszczak
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Damien Duff, Michael Owen, Alan Smith
Subs: David Rozehnal, Emre, Steve Harper, Mark Viduka, Kazenga LuaLua
Referee: Rob Styles
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