This was a game that either side could have won, and both teams had their chances to score but didn’t – well not until Newcastle gifted a goal to Manchester United after 89 minutes – and the Red Devils took all 3 points and it’s another frustrating game to watch for the Newcastle fans.
Tim Krul – after making last minute error
The goalkeeper played very well except for that one mistake
Newcastle had a stone cold penalty disallowed after 10 minutes when Riviere was brought down in the box, and if that wasn’t a penalty – what is?
Riviere was running through with the ball and Smalling tried to kick the ball away – missed the ball and hit the shins of the Frenchman, to bring him down.
As we said it was a stone cold penalty and how it wasn’t given we’ll just never know since referees are not allowed to explain their errors in Premier League matches.
Manchester United also had their chances to win this game before the last minute, and they had most of the possession, as Newcastle seemed content to defend and then make quick breakaways – but that’s the kind of game you play away from home.
When Newcastle are at home we should be more ambitious, more brave and more energetic – and go for the win rather than being more concerned that we don’t lose – which seemed to be the case tonight.
Wayne Rooney missed an absolute sitter after 26 minutes and Manu Riviere had two very good chances tonight to score but missed both of them – and then Papiss Cisse was straight through in the second half but shot wide, when he should have done a lot better.
A draw would have been a fair result, but at least Manchester United were the side always moving forward and taking the game to Newcastle.
Both sides didn’t play anywhere near their best tonight, but Louis van Gaal will be the happier manager – because he got all the points – and John Carver will be left frustrated .
But fortune favors the brave, and Newcastle were simply not brave or enterprising enough tonight.
Here’s how we saw the game as it happened.
A mistake by Mehdi Abeid after 35 seconds almost led to a goal, and Di Maria was through on the right and really should have done a lot better.
After 10 minutes Newcastle were denied a stone cold penalty, when Riviere was brought down in the box by Smalling as he swung a foot and missed the ball and only brought down the Frenchman – how could the referee have not have given that?
Newcastle were trying to contain and then ,mount fast counter-attacks.
After 26 minutes Wayne Rooney misses an open goal – he was straight through and seemed to think he was offside and then his pout the ball wide of an open goal – maybe the miss of the season.
After 31 minutes Coloccini lost his footing and the ball was played into Wayne Rooney who lose the ball – it was another good chance missed by the Red Devils.
On 35 minutes Cisse had the ball outside the box and he swung his left foot – but the ball went wide – but that’s a striker’s instinct for you and Papiss has scored goals from more difficult positions than that.
Tim Krul made a good save from Marouane Fellaini to turn the ball away – a good save from the Newcastle goalkeeper.
On 44 minutes Riviere was through in the inside right position but he seemed to lose his footing and the chance was lost.
While Manchester United had a lot of the ball in the final third they were not showing much thrust – and Newcastle’s defense was keeping them at bay.
Half time came and the two big talking points were the penalty that was disallowed on Manu Riviere after 10 minutes and then Wayne Rooney’s miss after 26 minutes.
Newcastle would need to show more energy and desire if we were going to win this game – it seemed like they were playing at half speed in that first half.
There were no changes at the half and then Rojo had a decent shot on goal that went just over the bar.
On 48 minutes a Ryan Taylor free kick came into the box and Coloccini headed the ball over to Riviere who somehow couldn’t put the ball past de Gea who blocked the ball with his right hand.
Manu couldn’t get enough contact on the ball and that was a huge chance missed by the Frenchman.
After 54 minutes it was Tim Krul who kept Newcastle in the game with a very good double save.
After 59 minutes Ayoze Perez came on for Emmanuel Riviere who had two good chances to score tonight and should have won a penalty after 10 minutes.
After 65 minutes Jonas Gutierrez came on for Ryan Taylor after 65 minutes – he got a huge ovation from the sell-out crowd – what a hero this man is.
Jonas went to left-back and the crowd seemed to come alive – then Jonas picked up a yellow card for bringing down Adnan Januzaj.
After 67 minutes Perez and Cisse were though on a fast breakaway, and Perez laid the ball of to Papiss who fired wide – and another great chance was lost.
After 75 minutes it’s Tim Krul again who makes a good save from Wayne Rooney and then a couple of minutes later Krul took a Young cross nicely as Manchester United were looking for the go ahead goal.
John Carver made his final change when Yoan Gouffran came on for Sammy Ameobi after 81 minutes.
And then when it looked like it was going to be a no score draw and another clean sheet for Newcastle our defense gave away a terrible goal.
Wayne Rooney took the ball into the box but was dispossessed by Abeid who laid the ball back to Krul right on his goal line but he couldn’t control the ball and didn’t expect the back pass.
Tim tried to play it away quickly but could only put the ball straight to Ashley Young who couldn’t miss from such close range.
A terrible bit of defending by Newcastle, and if this happens it’s a goal and it’s a defeat in a close game – which was the case tonight.
Another mediocre display at best from a Newcastle side who were set up to not lose this game – rather than going out to win it.
John Carver has five defeats and two wins in his first 10 games in charge – but the head coach has to be more ambitious in these games, especially at home.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor (Jonas Gutierrez 65); Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi; Emmanuel Riviere (Ayoze Perez 59), Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Lubomir Satka, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Adam Armstrong
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo; Ander Herrera, Daley Blind; Angel Di Maria, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young; Wayne Rooney (c)
Substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Paddy McNair, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Radamel Falcao
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
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