In a fixture Newcastle have not won for 40 years, the Magpies were ahead three times in this game with goals from James Perch after 4 minutes, a Jonny Evans own goal after 29 minutes, and a Papiss Cisse goal after 65 minutes, but Manchester United came back and got the winner after 90 minutes from Hernandez, to leave a fantastic performance from Newcastle with absolutely nothing to show for it.
Alan Pardew – had the team well prepared for the game today
But there are loads of positives to take out of this game, with Marveaux hitting the cross-bar after 69 minutes when were 3-2 up and Sammy Ameobi hitting a post after 85 minutes when it was tied at 3-3.
The Newcastle players gave all they had today in what was a terrific game to watch, and Newcastle gave Manchester United all they could handle for large portions of this game, but we just didn’t have the luck at the very end of this game, otherwise we could have come away with a point or even the win – but it wasn’t to be.
Newcastle started this game brightly and were ahead after only 4 minutes when a shot by Demba Ba was spilled badly by goalkeeper De Gea, and James Perch followed through and put the ball into the back of the net with his left foot — his first ever goal for the club.
Newcastle were playing well and pressing the Red Devils but then Jonny Evans had a chance in the penalty area and he put the ball home past Tim Krul to make it 1-1.
But would you believe that just five minutes later Newcastle went ahead with an own goal from the same player – Jonny Evans – and the linesmen had flagged Cisse for offside and after TV replays Cisse was offside and seemed to be interfering with play – but the referee allowed the goal – and manager Alex Ferguson, not for the last time in this game, berated the referee and his assistants.
And after 39 minutes from a free kick just outside the box, Sylvain Marveaux hit the cross-bar but the ball was cleared – a great effort from the Frenchman – and there’s no way we should let this lad leave Newcastle in January.
It was 2-1 at the half and Newcastle had played some of their best football of the season and were the better side.
AS expected Manchester came at Newcastle after the break and Patrice Evra had the ball in the back of the net after 58 minutes and that signalled a Manchester United resurgence.
But nobody told Newcastle and Gabby Obertan, who had come on as a sub for Bigirimana, made a great run down the left wing and crossed it to Papiss Cisse who had the ball in the back of the net in the twinkling of an eye – the old Papiss Cisse for sure – a great goal from the Senegal captain.
So Newcastle were ahead again with just 25 minutes to go, and we were then put under some pressure and after 71 minutes, after they had missed several chances, it was Robin van Persie who put the Red Devils level at 3-3.
What a game this was, and both sides were going for the win, and after 85 minutes Sammy Ameobi had a chance – after he had come on for Papiss Cisse – but he hit the post and the ball rebounded into De Gea’s hands.
But then heart-break for Newcastle, and just when it looked like we would get at least a point, a chance went to Hernandez, and he slotted the ball home for the winner after 90 minutes, and it wasn’t until six minutes later that the referee blew the final whistle and a magnificent Newcastle effort ended up with nothing.
And one last thing – Alex Ferguson was simply a disgrace on the sidelines in this game as he continually berated the lineman and the referee too – and something has to be done about this – although he was hugging his assistants when Hernandez scored at the end.
We expect him to get a ban after the video is reviewed by FA officials – he brings the game into disrepute with his bullying of the officials.
This was probably Newcastle’s best display of the season, and we came up just short, but our players were simply magnificent and brave, and hardly deserved to be beaten today.
A great performance but a terrible result just about sums it up.
And just to make things a little bit worse for Newcastle fans, Sunderland beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Stadium of Light and are now two points ahead of Newcastle in the league table.
Manchester United (4-4-2): David De Gea; Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra (c); Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes (Tom Cleverley 69), Ryan Giggs; Javier Hernandez (Darren Fletcher 90), Robin van Persie
Subs not used: Anders Lindegaard, Alexander Buttner, Scott Wootton, Nemanja Vidic, Ryan Tunnicliffe
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch, Gael Bigirimana (Gabriel Obertan 65), Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse (Sammy Ameobi 80), Demba Ba (Shola Ameobi 71), Sylvain Marveaux
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Adam Campbell
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)
Bookings: Manchester United – Evans (36), Hernandez (38), Valencia (53); Newcastle United – Williamson (43), Simpson (61), Cisse (64)