James Tavernier in action tonight – he had a solid game at left back
This is how we saw the game tonight at Old Trafford, when Newcastle were just a little unlucky to lose the game 2-1, and we saw some decent performances from the youngsters and fringe players at Newcastle, and this game will do them the world of good in their development.
On 14 minutes it was Dan Gosling who should have put Newcastle ahead, when he had a wonderful chance from just ix yards out, but he didn’t connect properly at all and he looped the ball high and wide – he should have done so much better.
And then a couple of minutes later it was Newcastle goalkeeper Elliot who made a wonderful diving save from Anderson, and saved newcastle again, as he had last Thursday night in Madeira.
On 35 minutes it looked like Tom Cleverly must score from 6 yards out but he amazingly put the ball wide of Elliot’s right hand post – and that was a let-off for Newcastle .
Just before half time Manchester United went ahead and it was a decent goal from Anderson, as he went through in the inside right position and moved to his left before hitting the ball with his left foot into the goal – it went in off the post, and Rob Elliot had no chance at all.
Dan Gosling was covering him but he just couldn’t get the block in, and the Brazilian slammed the ball home.
It was a terrible time for the lads to concede, after both sides had missed their chances earlier in the half.
Newcastle were 1-0 down at the break but they were in this game, and again had the impressive Rob Elliot in goal to thank for two terrific saves in that first half.
There were no changes made by either side at the start of the second half.
Chicarito had a decent chance after 49 minutes but he headed the ball wide, and then some good work by Vuckic in the penalty area, ended with the Slovenian’s right foot shot going just wide of the post – it so easily could have been a goal.
But then after 58 minute Manchester went 2-0 up, and it was Tom Cleverly who made up for his shocking miss in the first half, and he guided the ball home from just outside the penalty area, and he was given too much room in such a dangerous position.
After 61 minutes Pardew made a double change, and Shane Ferguson came on for Fab Coloccini and Papiss Cisse came on for Haris Vuckic.
And within a minute the two had created a goal for Newcastle, as Ferguson made a good run down the left wing and his almost perfect cross was nicely headed in by Papiss Cisse, for his first goal of the season.
A well worked goal by Newcastle, and we need to give Ferguson more playing time – as he always looks good out on the left wing – with his direct approach.
On 71 minutes 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana came on as a direct replacement for Cheick Tiote.
And a minute later Dan Gosling had another decent chance just outside the penalty box, but he hesitated, and finally hit the ball over the bar – he seemed to lack confidence in shooting.
Newcastle were now coming at the Manchester United side, but they would need to watch the counter-attack.
On 81 minutes is was Cisse again, who now seemed full of confidence, as he showed some amazing skill as he controlled the ball on his chest, onto his thigh and then he hit great overhead scissor kick, and the ball rebounded off the cross-bar – a let-off for the home side – and a wonderful effort from the Senegal striker – he’s back in form.
Newcastle were pressing Manchester for the equalizer and they were putting up a brave performance, and another chance fell to Dan Gosling on 87 minutes, and it was a decent chance but Dan just lobbed the ball into David de Gea’s hands.
It was a poor effort from the former Everton man – and Dan had three decent chances in this game, but didn’t take one.
It was a good chance for Dan tonight to show what he could do, but he needs to put the ball into the back of the net when he gets chances like he got tonight, if he is to push for a first team place at Newcastle.
Newcastle were pressing Manchester, and the Red Devils started to waste time and hold the ball near the corner flag to kill off the game, and after 4 minutes of added time, during which play was stopped when an intruder came onto the pitch – the final whistle was blown.
So it was a disappointing result for sure, but a decent performance from the lads – and especially in the second half, when they showed they would just not give up, and came right at Manchester.
And Alan Pardew will take a lot of positives out of this game from some of the youngsters and the fringe players, and Newcastle gave a very good account of themselves, especially in the second half.
And the good news is Papiss Cisse got his first goal of the season, and was unlucky not to get a second, and that will give him a much-needed confidence boost for our game at Reading on Saturday – and we need to pick up all 3 points in that game.
Manchester United (4-3-3): David de Gea; Marnick Vermijl (Ryan Tunnicliffe 77), Michael Keane, Scott Wooton, Alex Buttner (Robert Brady 86); Darren Fletcher (c), Tom Cleverley, Anderson; Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney (Nick Powell 77), Javier Hernandez
Subs not used: Sam Johnstone, Jonny Evams, Jesse Lingard, Joshua King
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Shane Ferguson 61), James Tavernier; Gabriel Obertan, Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana 71), Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux; Haris Vuckic (Papiss Cisse 61); Shola Ameobi
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Vurnon Anita, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester)
Bookings: Manchester United – none; Newcastle United – Bigirimana (90)