Here’s the report of the game as we saw it this afternoon.
The game kicked off and Man United were immediately on the attack and good play down the right wing by Nani, but a good tackle by Coloccini cleared the danger, and the corner was cleared.
It was all Manchester in the first few minutes but Newcastle held on fairly well but Obertan was caught up field too many times.
Rooney put Hernandez through but he shot straight at Tim Krul, who saved easily. Then on 7 minutes Hernandez had a good left foot shot well held by Tim Krul.
Hernandez then almost broke through but his shot was blocked and Tim Krul dived on the ball. After 10 minutes Newcastle had held off a furious start by the Red Devils.
Newcastle were coming out their shell and made some nice moves forward without any real chances being created, and Obertan got the ball and ran through on the Newcastle defense, but it came to nothing.
And then Demba Ba went close when put through by Ben Arfa and the goalkeeper saved well down to his left – a good effort by the Senegal striker.
Ben Arfa was starting to show well and made some nice moves as he was trying to create something for Newcastle.
Then Ryan Taylor took a few kick on the right and lofted the ball into the penalty area as he tested De Gea.
And then Newcastle almost had a chance as Obertan did well down the right wing and he crossed the ball but Ryan Taylor mis-kicked as he tried to get the ball back over from the right.
Newcastle were coming back into the game after a furious Man United start in that first 10 minutes.
The Newcastle players were trying to close down the Manchester players at every opportunity as they put pressure on the home side.
The a bad foul by Rooney had Ben Arfa racing at Wayne, and he had to be dragged away by the Newcastle players but the Frenchman e ball and player recklessly.
Former Manchester United players Danny Simpson and Obertan were working well for Newcastle down the right wing. Steven Taylor had started with his mask but he took it off so we assume that nose of his is okay now.
The Hernandez had a good chance on the inside right position as he was put through by Nani but the Mexican blasted the ball over the bar.
The Tim Krul made a fantastic save from Giggs and Rooney couldn’t get to the rebound and Danny put the ball out for a corner – a great save by the Dutchman.
The corner was cleared and Newcastle had some luck there – as the commentators kept expecting Manchester to score with every attack.
After 30 minutes it was still 0-0.
Then Obertan made a good run towards the United goal but his shot from distance was high and wide.
Obertan was playing well but his final ball needed to improve, but Manchester were starting to press again on 37 minutes with two corners in a row, but then Nani had a long shot which was high and wide.
Nani made break on 40 minutes but he stalled and the ball went through to Tim Krul, who has already made one tremendous save in the first half to keep the clean sheet.
Newcastle were playing some good football and Danny Guthrie was starting to show up we ll, and then on 42 minutes a good cross by Obertan was just cut out by the United defense as Obertan was starting to give the runaround to Patrice Evra.
Then just before half time Newcastle gave the ball away just in front of the penalty area as Guthrie put in a poor pass to Steven Taylor, but Hernandez subsequently had a half chance which he missed badly.
Half time came and Newcastle had done the job well for the half the game, and had a little bit of luck and Krul also made one great save, and Obertan was starting to be the danger man for Newcastle as he was giving his French compatriot the real runaround.
If Newcastle can pot in another performance like their play in the first half, the lads could get something out of the game.
At half time former Liverpool player Steve Mcmanaman is telling the viewers that Man United should steamroller Newcastle – what a cheek.
It’s a little worrying that Ben Arfa has a yellow card because one mistimed tackle in the second half and he could be walking, so we could see him replaced in the second half after say 20 minutes or so.
The second half got under way and the Man United got a free kick just outside the penalty area, as Steven Taylor brought down Hernandez, but it hardly looked a foul.
Then Manchester United got a really lucky goal as the Rooney shot was vloakced and a seocnd dhot by Rooney was kicked into Henrendez by Steven Taylor and the ball was in the net – you talkj about a lucky goal.
But perhaps Steven Taylor should have done better, but it was a terribly unlucky goal to give away so early in the second half. Then Fabio had a clear chance when through on goal but he hit the ball over the bar.
On 53 minutes from a corner Rooney should have done better when he had a free header and he put the ball over the bar.
Fabio then made a ridiculous challenge on Gutierrez and he rightly received a yellow card for his troubles.
Newcastle were starting to wilt a little, and Man United made a quick break and it was Ashley Young who was straight though but he put the ball inches wide on Tim’s left hand post.
Ryan Taylor then missed a tackle but Tim Krul was first to the ball, as Newcastle looked a little unsteady.
Young was then through on the left wing and he put the ball over but Tim Krul dived to cut the cross out, but Newcastle were looking a little unsteady at the back.
Then Newcastle almost equalized as a Steven Taylor headed back to Coloccini from a Cabaye short corner, and the captain’s bullet shot was brilliantly tipped over the bar by De Gea – a big save by the Spaniard.
The TV commentators say that’s why Man United need to score a second and then a third just to make sure – what a cheek.
Then Ben Arfa was brought down in the box and the lineman was signalling for a penalty and after consulting with the lineman the referee has given a penalty – and it really wasn’t one.
It looked like Rio Ferdinand didn’t even touch Ben Arfa – to be truthful.
Bur Demba Ba coolly took then penalty amid huge boos from the Manchester crowd, as he sent De Gea the wrong way, and Newcastle were amazingly level – a great penalty and Demba Ba’s 9th goal of the season.
Sammy Ameobi came on for Gabriel Obertan after 65 minutes.
On 67 minutes a free kick by Young was played into Hernandez but Tim Krul was first to the foal and the Newcastle keeper was having a good game.
Is it right that you have two commentators all for Manchester United in this game?
Sir Alex Ferguson was starting to get agitated on the line as the game was in danger of blowing up, and Rooney missed a decent chance when he put the ball over the bar on 70 minutes.
Manchester United were attacking Newcastle all the time but were unable to carve out too many decent opportunities.
On 74 minutes Manchester were still pushing for the winning goal but not for the first time this season, Newcastle were hanging on, and then James Perch came on for Danny Guthrie as Alan Pardew tried to get some fresh legs out there.
On 79 minutes Jonas Gutierrez received a second yellow card, and Newcastle were now trying to hang on with just 10 men at Old Trafford.
And then from the free kick taken by Giggs Tim Krul made a world class save as he somehow kept out a point black header from Vidic four yards – an unbelievable save from the Newcastle goalkeeper.
And then Peter Lovenkrands was brought on for the tiring Ben Arfa, who had given his all, and then Simpson went off for treatement and Newcastle were down to nine men but Simpson came back on.
And then Tim Krul dived full length to his left to block the shot from Patrice Evra, as the ball was bending away from Krul.
On 85 minutes a Nan cross found Young unmarked on the left and his shot was brilliantly blocked by Krul and the Newcastle defense scrambled the ball away.
Tim Krul made yet another great save on 86 minutes from Young and then when Tim was behrough but Stevenb taylro hurled himslef at the ball to blcok the shot for a corner – magnificent defending by the local lad.
And a minute later Danny Simpson stopped the ball before it went over the line, and it was another amazing let off for the Newcastle side, as they fought valiantly to get an unexpected point.
The action was all in and around the Newcastle penalty area, with Krul simply brilliant, and how our lads held out without conceding we will never really know. There would be four minutes of added time.
On 91 minutes Young was straight through but a magnificent block by Steven Taylor, as the local lad hurled himself at the ball to block the shot for a corner.
On 94 minutes Hernandez did get the ball in the net but it was clearly offside, and the miracle was complete when the referee blew the final whistle to the delight of the traveling fans and the players.
Obviously Alex Ferguson will be furious that there wasn’t 20 minutes of added time because his side were only drawing the game, or at least they needed as much time as it took to score the winner.
A very good performance and an excellent point by our lads.
Yes – it was a very lucky penalty but the Manchester United goal was the luckiest thing you will ever see, and watch nobody talk about that – just the penalty and the last 15 minutes when it seemed Manchester had to score..
Great great point by Newcastle – and what a defense.
That was only the second time in their last 22 league games that Manchester United did not win at Old Trafford – the other one being the 6-1 hammering by Manchester City earlier this season.
Alan Pardew was on the field at the end punching the air at the Newcastle fans.
And the result will put a dent in the Red Devils league record and they may go another 2 points behind City, 7 points in all if the other Manchester club can beat Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow.
Newcastle are 4th top of the league on 26 points from 13 games with Chelsea just one point behind.
Fortune favors the brave – and it did today for this fighting Newcastle United side who played with guts and glory at Old Trafford today.
Manchester United: De Gea; Fabio, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Young; Hernandez, Rooney
Substitutes: Lindegaard, Macheda, Gibson, Valencia, Evans, Smalling, Park
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa; Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi