A fighting Newcastle United side – essentially our second team against a Manchester United second eleven, went down fighting tonight by a score 2-1 at Old Trafford, but not before they pushed Manchester hard during the second half, which saw an excellent goal from Papiss Cisse, a minute after he had come on, and another effort from the Senegal man that came back off the cross bar.
But chances were missed by both sides tonight, and especially in the first half.
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.
It was a terrible time for the lads to concede, after both sides had missed their chances earlier in the half.
But Rob Elliot had made two great saves in the first half, and again showed he’s more than a competent goalkeeper for Newcastle and he had another good game tonight.
After 61 minutes Pardew made a double change when Ferguson came on for Coloccini and Papiss Cisse came on for 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 cross was nicely headed in by Papiss Cisse, for his first goal of the season.
A well worked goal by Newcastle.
On 71 minutes 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana came on as a direct replacement for Cheick Tiote.
On 81 minutes is was Cisse again, who now seemed full of confidence, and he showed some amazing skill as he controlled the ball on his chest, onto his thigh and then hit a great 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.
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 over 5 minutes of added time, during which play was stopped when an intruder came onto the pitch – the final whistle was blown.
But 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.
But of course we’re now out of the Capital One Cup – ouch!
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)