It was a case of both managers having different view of the game today when a magnificent Newcastle rearguard action gave Newcastle a surprise point at Old Trafford today, after they had lost Gutierrez to a second yellow card after 80 minutes.
Manchester United players dispute penalty
Manchester went ahead with a really lucky goal early into the second half, but that will not be talked about as Newcastle shortly after were awarded a penalty when Ben Arfa was brought down by Rio Ferdinand.
The referee gave a corner at first but the linesman flagged for a penalty and after the two talked about the incident, the referee gave Newcastle a penalty which Demba Ba dispatched easily past De Gea.
It didn’t look like a penalty as Ferdinand got to the ball but brought the Frenchman down on his follow through, and obviously the referee was not aware of the unwritten rule that you don’t give penalties against Man United at Old Trafford.
He must have asleep in class when they went through that rule during he referee course.
Newcastle’s players and the Newcastle manager went over to the Newcastle fans after the game as they celebrated what was an excellent result for Newcastle, who now go on 26 points after 13 games and remain in 4th place in the league.
Pardew said this after the game:
“They were Geordie heroes for us.” “We have gone toe to toe with the best in the world at Old Trafford and came away with a result.”
“It was a great day for us.” “We played better than we did at Man City last week, I thought we stood off them, but we didn’t today.”
And on the performance of young Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal, who must have put in the best goalkeeping performance by a Newcastle goalkeeper for a long long time today, he had this to say:
“He has a very bright future ahead of him.” “He was magnificent today but everybody played their part.”
But Alex Ferguson thought his team should have won by three or four goals, and thought the result was a travesty:
“It was a travesty to not get the three points for that.” “Normally we would have scored three or four.”
“The goalkeeper Krul made some fantastic saves but there were also shots cleared off the line and one or two bad misses.”
“It was just an incredible result.” “I think everybody’s view was the same, including the ref, he thought that Rio got the ball.”
“He gave a corner kick and then let the linesman over-rule him.” “Credit to them for putting bodies on the line but we slaughtered them – we just couldn’t get the result.”
It wasn’;t all just good luck for the Newcastle defense as Tim Krul made a string of outstanding saves and players like Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson put in some great defensive efforts to keep the ball out of the net when they were defending with 10 men for the last 15 minutes of the game.
It’s not Newcastle’s fault that Manchester United couldn’t score with all the chances they had.
The Red Devils are having great trouble scoring goals in the league recently and today’s game will not help their confidence.
Newcastle’s defense was simply unbelievable in those last 20 minutes.
Now to smash Chelsea next Saturday at St. James’ Park in fornt of a sell-out crowd to go 4 points clear of the London side and keep that 4th place.
Howay The Lads!!