FT: Man United 1 Newcastle 1 – Magnificent Magpies

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Newcastle United gave a magnificent display of passion and pride, as they fully deserved their point at Old Trafford this afternoon.

And two of our new players, Coloccini and Gutierrez were outstanding for the visiting side, as they gave as much as they got in the second half after putting up with an anxious first 20 minutes of the game.

But it was Newcastle who went ahead after just 22 minutes when Martins put in a header from six yards following pinpoint corner from Danny Guthrie, who also had a solid start to his Newcastle career in the middle of the Newcastle side.

But after just two minutes ahead, Manchester United equalized when Fletcher scored an easy goal from a tap-in when for once the Newcastle defense was beached.

But it was more the manner in which Newcastle plated this game which caught the imagination as they looked super-fit, fought for every ball and the team kept their shape and played really well.

We’ll not have to go carried away since it’s just one game, but it was a magnificent performance from the team, who looked organized and well coached, and each player knew exactly what they had to two.

Probably our best player was Jonas Gutierrez, who wore Jonas on his shirt – because he likes his name. 😀

He looked great, and will cause quite a few problems for lesser teams than Manchester United with some surging runs down the left at the Man United defense.

After realizing in the first 5 minutes that the Premier league is a lot faster than the Spanish League Coloccini settled down well and had a really solid game at the back along with the impressive Steven Taylor.

In fact our defense looked solid and steady and we had to thank Shay Given for three or four brilliant saves – this lad is back to his brilliant best after two seasons of injuries.

But overall, this was a wonderful exhibition from a Newcastle side, and Kevin has put the magic back into the team, where a lot of the players like Milner, and Duff looked a yard faster than last season.

It was a great game to watch but no one will deny Newcastle were well worth their point.

A great start to the season by the lads, who did us all proud.


Manchester United: Edwin van der Sar, Wes Brown, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Fraizer Campbell
Subs: tbc

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, Jose Enrique, Geremi, Alan Smith, David Edgar, Sebastien Bassong, Ryan Donaldson