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Great Rearguard Resilience Gets Newcastle Excellent Draw

3:00 pm, Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 104 Comments

What we saw today was an excellent rearguard action by Newcastle to stand up to all the extreme pressure Manchester United could throw at the Magpies,  and there were some outstanding defensive performance from the like of Krul and every one of our back four, and we got our first clean sheet of the season and an excellent point at Old Trafford.

At the start this game looked a little like last week at Swansea, when we were overrun, but despite what McClaren said, the players  seemed to have learned from last week and the lads were cutting out the crosses and blocking the shots, and Steven Taylor had an excellent game today at the back.

It was a rearguard action today since we didn’t have one shot on target all game, and all that stats were in the Red Devils favor – except the result.

mitrovic hits the crossbar

Mitrovic headed this one against the cross bar from Mbemba cross

Rooney seemed to have scored aftre just four minutes, but the goal was ruled for offside and it was very close and he was probably level with Taylor and the goal should have counted.

But then after 23 minutes and out of nothing, it was almost a goal made in Anderlecht, when Chancel Mbemba put in a great right wing cross and Mitrovic magnificently headed the ball goalwards – but the ball hit the crossbar and came back out.

Aleksandar did not get a yellow card today and he worked his socks off for the side – and he looks the part from what we could tell.

Tim Krul had to be in form to keep Newcastle in the game, and he made several good saves in the first half, and Ayoze Perez also made some good runs and kept the ball well.

After 42 minutes Perez had a great shot that goalkeeper Romero had to turn around the post for a corner.

It was 0-0 at the half and Newcastle had been coming more into the game in the final 20 minutes and had played some very good passing football with quick breaks.

It was anybody’s game as the second half kicked off and it was evident that our forwards were helping out at the back a lot,  as first Mitrovic cleared in the penalty area and then Perez helped Coloccini to make a great block.

On 69 minutes after extreme pressure form the Red Devils, Florian Thauvin made his debut for Newcastle, as he came on for Obertan and after a minute he was brought down harshly – welcome to the Premier League.

But the Frenchman then made a brilliant run down the right wing and looked good in his first 10 minutes on the field and can certainly cross ball as he showed with a very nicely flighted corner – meant for Mitrovic.

On 74 minutes only a brilliant Colo tackle cleared the danger as Newcastle were being pressed further and further back.

On 76 minutes Krul saved well from Shaw and the with 10 minutes to go the Dutch keeper then again saved brilliantly from Chicharito who had come on as a sub.

Cisse came on with two minutes to go for the exhausted Mitrovic, who had put in some shift for Newcastle is his very first start for the club.

Head coach Steve McClaren was on the touchline urging his players on as they showed courage and fortitude today – something that was sorely missing last week.

After 91 minutes Anita kicked off the line from Smalling and then Newcastle had a terrific breakaway with three players up and it looked like we must score as Papiss Cisse hit the ball at goal and  Thauvin diving in just missed getting contact – otherwise Newcastle could have won this game.

But Newcastle saw out stoppage time for an excellent draw – and somehow our defense held out and got a clean sheet – and it is hard to see how McClaren will change the back four on this display for Arsenal at home next week.

It was an excellent result and it was obvious the coaches and the players had been working on organization and defending since Swansea – and we looked a lot better in defense than last week.

A really excellent result from Newcastle and a very good performance.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Romero, Darmian (Valencia, 76), Blind, Smalling, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger (Carrick, 58), Januzaj (Chicharito, 67), Mata, Memphis, Rooney (C).
Subs not used: Johnstone, Young, Herrera, McNair.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul, Mbemba, Taylor, Coloccini (C), Haidara, Colback, Anita, Wijnaldum, Obertan (Thauvin, 69), Perez (Tiote, 76), Mitrovic (Cisse, 88).
Subs Not Used: Darlow, Williamson, de Jong, Aarons.

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  • 1 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    I think perfect moment to potentially get a STRONG attacking CM like Sissoko if he leaves, I think we missed him today.

    We really did the enforcer, its exactly the type of player we need and need to keep.

    My line up next game.

    Mbemba——- Taylor ——-Colo——-new LB




  • 2 anthc // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    It was a good team effort with the exception of obertan who was back to his usual self. Well chuffed with the point.

  • 3 davetoon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM comes the 15 articles in 5 minutes…

    @Noel – not sure Fellaini wouldve done that much damage as the Mancs had no width at all. Not sure why VanGaal doesnt play Young or buy more wingers as they are narrow and allowed us to defend as everyone knows we are susceptible to the high cross yet we saw little of that today.
    Having said that Mbemba did win a few hopefull balls outside the box that gave us hope for when he is back alongside Colo

  • 4 JamesToon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    So proud of the performance today, real team disciplined performance. Coloccini MOTM closely followed by Krul, Taylor, Pérez and Mitrovic!

  • 5 JackButler // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Nice to see a brilliant team performance, not in terms of attacking play, but in terms of everyone digging in and working their backsides off, nice to see a bit of pride coming back and long may it continue

  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Havent seen the match.
    Any stand outs? Did Colo truely turn in a Motm showing?

  • 7 Nufc-83 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Noel – shaw is rapid by far one of the fastest in prem. A winger only needs good acceleration to beat players not top sprint speed anyway.

  • 8 WWSBRD // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Colo’s best game in awhile and it was beside a man who compliments his game and he trusts…interesting eh

  • 9 Nufc-83 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    If fellani playing i think it would have been 2-0 united im afraid but oh well ill take the point.

  • 10 TheToonKing // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    I actually think Janmaat should not come straight back into the team . I don’t think we would have done as well today with him at RB instead of Mbemba…

    get him to work for his place.

  • 11 Nufc-83 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Colo and mbemba the stand outs with Perez putting in a great shift and some class runs. Mitro done well enough up top. Taylor also solid.

  • 12 Novocastrian66 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    YCMIU; the whole defence was superb. Even you couldn’t have made that up!

  • 13 JDdubai // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Thought overall we played encouragingly,
    Mitrovic looks like he will be a handful when fit.

    Whole defence played well and should start next week, Janmaat deserves the bench for his sending off and poor start to the season anyway.

    Think we could have won it though, Man U were there for the taking but McClaren’s subs were 20mins too late – the front 3 were knackered 15mins before they went off and it was crying out for Aarons pace at the end to stretch them, more so than Thauvin and even Cisse.

    But a point at Old Trafford is fair enough – just keep Obertan away from the stadium from now on. Lazy, offered no cover to Mbemba vs Depay, didnt take on Shaw once, a waste of a player.

  • 14 deeps // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Breaking News
    Newcastle United’s bus ? seen inside old Trafford 😀
    Great performance

  • 15 Bambams // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    That performance shows what you can do with the benefit of excellent coaches and organisation.

    We closed down well, harried and looked dangerous on the break.

    Mitrovic and Perez will work well together just give them time.

    Krul was very good.
    Collo was solid but I thought Saylor was brilliant. Well done fella keep it up.

    Glass half full these days, wait until the players understand their strengths. Agree with Mac there will be a lot more to come from these players

  • 16 JackButler // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM


    Colo was at his very best today, saved us no end of times and gave a true captains performance, I’ve slaughtered him for a long time but today he was outstanding as were Saylor and Krul. Gini, Mitrovic and Perez aLos had good games but all faded in the second half and were knackered, but overall it was a great team performance

  • 17 sparky55 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Just come out of a sports bar in Lublin in Poland after watching the game…what a g laff…only 5 toon supporters in a bar with at least 200 scum supporters and we took the place by storm…I’m f****ng buzzin’…what a fantastic result and we could even have f****ng won it…

    …gonna be a big night! 🙂

  • 18 WWSBRD // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    How is Mitrovic not fit?

  • 19 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:09 PM



    I can make anything up 😉

  • 20 davetoon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    @YCMIU we hustled well for most of the game with a few very nervous moments including a Rooney goal incorrectly deemed offside early on, a world class save from Krul and a clearance from Anita guarding the left hand upright. Mancs had 70% of possession and most of the chances although we had a few on the counter including a great header from Mitro that hit the cross bar and a break after the Anita save where we had a 3 on 2 and Cisse shoud have done better.
    I’m sure most neutrals watching the game would have thought Man Utd shouldve won

  • 21 JamesToon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Mitrovic a real team player, he works so hard and has so much passion. His reaction at the end gave me goosebumps

  • 22 JackButler // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM


    I saw hi. Motion to the bench that he wanted to be subbed so looks like she’s picked up a knock

  • 23 davetoon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    I should add that Wijnaldum and Mitro showed that they belong and the whole team worked hard to a man

  • 24 will die for the toon army // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    My boss decides to call me at work ar the wrong time. How did it go? Left it at 25mins.

    Good we got a draw?
    1. I heard Cisse messed up.
    2..With Taylor in the team I knew we wld b solid.
    3. Mbemba was being riden when I left and Mitrovic hadnt impressed yet. Of course I left wen he had hit the cross bar
    4. Obertan was useless.
    5. Perez was immense as always.
    6. I told u guys we wld miss Sissoko we always do. He gives us the ignition to our attack.

  • 25 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM


    Thats good to hear/read. If everyone (except the idiot toonbrother) is accepting a quality performance from him, it restores my faith to some extent in football 😀

  • 26 JackButler // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Bloody auto correct

  • 27 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    By my count toonbrother is out 200 squidleys to charity for lost bets with Jail and Jib for a Colo clean sheet within 5 games and he plays full 90!

    Pay up man, receipt to ed

    I await with baited breath?

  • 28 sparky55 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Just come out of a sports bar in a place called Lublin in Poland…what a fcukin’ laff…only five geordies in this bar surrounded by at least 200 man u supporters and we sung them out the place…what a great result

    I’m buzzing and it’s gonna be a massive night out in Lublin tonight! 🙂

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    colo, saylor and m’bemba were immense.

  • 30 toonbrother // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    “as first Mitrovic cleared in the penalty area and then Perez helped Coloccini to make a great block.”

    That is a lie. Perez made the block!
    Colocinni just dived in desperately
    He made no contact with the ball

  • 31 Novocastrian66 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Montero/Swansea are not getting the protection from the ref they got last week.

  • 32 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM


    Cheers for the summary. I cant bring myself to watch a nil nil on motd lol

  • 33 JDdubai // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    We need to get Aarons into the games though somewhere, today the last 20 mins were crying out for someone to take the pressure off us and keep the ball – think he needs involving more.

    Add in Sissoko in place of Obertan, Janmaat onto the bench, Mitrovic and Thauvin fitter and we dont look too bad.

    Keeping the injuries down will be key though to avoid last seasons debacle.

  • 34 JamesToon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    This pic sums it up really

    @MsiDouglas: Judging by social media, this great Mitrovic pic sums up the feelings of #nufc fans at the moment…

  • 35 Rotonda heights // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM


    i think you need help mate.

  • 36 toon kk // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Was Janmaat missed? I don’t think so, he looks like he’s lost interest tbh

  • 37 toonbrother // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    This result has done more harm than good in the long run
    I’m sorry to say

  • 38 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM


    Stop having a hissy-fit just because everyone else says Colo has had a great game. Take the bkinkers of, you psycho!

    Toys oot the pram?

  • 39 Tsunki // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Yes unfortunately for toonbrother colo played well today but for me Mbemba was the showpiece that stood out. Honourable mentions to a superb Ayoze and Mitrovic both of whom put themselves into harms way with glee today, and Wijnaldum looked a class above everyone on the park today. Lots of good signs today and although manure aren’t at their best our first half team was very promising. I could actually see where things were going today. Apart from Tiote, it became clear that we can be drilled to defend when injuries or suspensions dictate our subs. All round good result, and the draw I predicted ha ha!

    Feels good to be positive 🙂

  • 40 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Toobrother you are like a friggin broken record, Colo was immense today, give your head a shake you boring sod

  • 41 Bobbybee // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    What a bonus that was today! Despite all the pressure, Krul didn’t have too much to do and what he did, he did it well. Strange to be saying how well the back four played and to be fair, I didn’t see a clean sheet coming, but as defensive displays go, that was right up there. Could’ve nicked it as well. Offside goal was clearly offside, despite the above report saying it wasn’t, so no controversy there. All round cracking performance by the lads. Well played indeed.

  • 42 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:16 PM


    He does need help, but I like the way I said it better 😀

  • 43 LGFUAD21 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    I think cool was well deserving of motm. We were dominated but you’d expect that against a midfield that includes Schneiderlin and schweinsteiger.

    Colo was definitely the person that was most visible in the game.

  • 44 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Take a Chancel…

    Hows the health, mate?

  • 45 toonbrother // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    as fans we should be putting pressure on mclaren to get Abdennour over the line
    instead we’re pouring praise on the worst defender in the team
    We deserve whats coming to us
    i predicted 0 wins in the first 5 games unless colo gets injured or dropped
    i stand by that prediction

  • 46 sparky55 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    My MOM is Perez…he was awesome…and Mitrovic did some great defending at right back…and as much as it pains me to say…Colo was good today 🙂

  • 47 Tsunki // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Toonbotherer ha ha ha you crack me up love those hate glasses though they don’t fall off easy do they 😀

  • 48 Ron Knee // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Anybody having problems with footballstreaming?

  • 49 WWSBRD // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    I missed that like thought he was just blowing out his backside from 60mins onwards

    Same as Gini tbh

  • 50 toonbrother // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    We deserve whats coming to us
    fans as dumb as the NUFC fans on this blog deserve the misery headed their way

  • 51 sing in the corner // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:19 PM


    Yeah I can’t believe we kept a clean sheet today! The way we set up I don’t think SM really did either. Still, happy days! I think Mitro up front again next week against Arsenal. They won’t like it up ’em from Mr Mitro

  • 52 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Not great mate, struggling a bit at the mo, probably shouldn’t have watched the match, but the boys did me proud 🙂

  • 53 pawl250 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Krul – 500k

    Mbemba – 8m
    STaylor – nothing
    Coloccini – 9m
    Haidara – 2.5m

    Colback – Free
    Anita – 6m

    Obertan – 2.5m
    Wijnaldum – 14m
    Perez – 2.5m

    Mitrovic – 12m

    57m approx

    Man Utd

    Romero – Free

    Darmain -?
    Smalling – 9m
    Blind – 6m?
    Shaw – 25m

    Schnierlin – 25m
    Schweinsteiger – 14m

    Mata – 45m
    Januzaj -?
    Depay – 25m

    Rooney – 30m

    179m approx possibly more on those I do not know

    What did people actually expect? Us to dominate them?

  • 54 danmuamua // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:19 PM


    Mbemba Taylor Colo Haidara

    Sissoko Anita

    Wiji De Jong Perez


  • 55 davetoon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    @toonkk Janmaat was missed as we rarely attacked down the right. From what I can see, the system Stevie is implementing – the full backs are to be the attacking source and the creators of width for the team so Haidara was able to show that on the counter today but because Mbemba was played out of position he only made it forward once or twice.

  • 56 WWSBRD // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Since ur repeating I shall too
    U predicted no wins with Colo starting all season

  • 57 will die for the toon army // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    I think we need Janmatt to put in the crosses for Mitrovic. But I will first watch the rematch.

  • 58 The Newcastle Armchair // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Must say Saylor put in a brave and solid performance today – could be a sign of a good season if he stays fit. That leaves us cover for RB like today with Mbemba putting a shift in.

    PS – loving the weekend afternoons again, feet up, Gilette Soccer Saturday, blog and the games on the side.

  • 59 Pottsclock // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    For me, great overall performance and the good news is there is also potential for improvement:
    1. Colback did not look sharp – will get sharper especially with Tiote competing for a place
    2. Thauvin for Obertan as a starter, with Aarons pushing for a place
    3. Janmaat to come back and genuine competition in the centre
    I thought Mitrovic/Perez/Anita/Collo/Mbemba were all excellent

  • 60 JackButler // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:21 PM


    It was just before he came off mate, think it will take a few more weeks for the new boys to get up to speed with a full 90 but at least today gives us something to work on

  • 61 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Colo is technically better defensively than Taylor, Williamson, Haidara, Lascelles(because he has no experience) and i would also say janmaat at the moment….but appart from that,he is our worst defender… OAF

  • 62 pawl250 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Next game Northamtpon

    Hope Colo plays and we win.

    It’s the 4th game of the season.

  • 63 Thauvins_Under_your_Skin // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Today has shown that Obertan won’t be playing very much, we may as well have played with 10 men. The guy is clueless, stands there while the ball and players go past him. Hopefully the few games he’s played has put him in the shop window so we can sell him!
    That first drop of the shoulder took Shaw out of the game, reminds me of Ben Arfa when he was in the mood!

  • 64 toonbrother // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    @JFA i trust you will honor your side of the bargain and pay out £100 if we havent won a single match after 5 games (despite forking out £50 million in the transfer window)
    No backing out now mate 🙂

  • 65 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Great team performance….
    Krul. ..good but kicking needs work
    Mbemba..struggled at first but settled and put in great tackles and blocks
    Haidara…much improved from 1st two games pressed and got forward needs a bit crossing practice
    Colo…said he needed to up his game and be more commanding…and he step up and done it
    Taylor…solid enough but still made nervous
    Colback….grafted hard but had some shaky moments and his passing was not the best
    Anita….grafted but seemed to disapear a bit in second half
    Perez….grafted like a man who wants 1st team football…and if he keeps playing like that should do….one thing do a bit work with his left foot so can cross more
    Obertan….grafted his pace gave us an out but his confidence closed that out (if you know what I mean)
    Gini….looked a class act in 1st half strong quick and clever….just had to graft in 2nd half
    Mitro…grafted hard and showed some moments of lookin like a ryt handful without lookin like he’d get sent off..when his match sharpness is there its lookin good business…unlucky with a crackin header
    Cisse…wasn’t on long but his touch let him down when running thru needs ti work hard in that
    Thauvin…not long on but showed willingness to graft and a couple of nice touches….unlucky his big toe wasn’t a bit bigger!lol
    Ref was weak… man utd players were diving all over and clattering us and bottled the bookings….great point overall….well done lads

  • 66 JamesToon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Really fancy our chances against arsenal next week.

    Lineup would be:
    Mbemba, Taylor, Coloccini, Haidara
    Anita, Colback
    Thauvin, Wijnaldum, Pérez

    Only change should be Thauvin coming into the team imo

  • 67 JackButler // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Why do people continue to feed to WUM?

    He’s a fool who’s loving all the attention he’s getting

  • 68 Thauvins_Under_your_Skin // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Thauvin of course!

  • 69 Tsunki // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Hats off to toonbrother I think it’s absolutely marvellous how much he has contributed to charity. Bravo.

  • 70 pawl250 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    For me against Arsenal…..

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Coloccini – Haidara
    Anita – Colback
    Sissoko – Wijnaldum – Perez

  • 71 toonbrother // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    @56 WWSBRD
    two questions for you
    1. out of curiosity how many league wins have we recorded so far this season?
    2. Do you understand the difference between a prediction and a bet?

  • 72 toon kk // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Mitrovic proved he can get through a game by being sensible, his work rate was great and has he has the strength for the premier league.

  • 73 Jonty // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Davetoon. Rooney was offside. A full analysis was done at halftime and they proved he was off. Not by much mind but was correctly flagged off

  • 74 davetoon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    @Armchair. Maybe Saylor will benefit from being 3rd choice if everyone stays fit so he will only have to play somewhere around 15 full games including cup games and some cameos

  • 75 Slank // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Excellent team performance today.

    Also, the substitutions were right too.

    Colo was my MOTM but Taylor ran him close. As a central pairing they were very effective. Mbemba was very effective at right back and as such, given how well Tsylor performed, should keep Janmaat on the bench.

    The all round performance of Mitrovic deserves to start every game. He was a handful but also he worked really hard for the team.

  • 76 ZIM-TOON // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    1st time poster..long time follower of the blog…proud of the lads today, i still dont get any1 who has a squad for next week without Anita…

  • 77 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Southampton, Man u and arsenal were 3 of our first 5 games.

    You prediction (which changed as soon as money was involved) is COWARDLY at best, Toonbrother, you are an arrogant and delusional individual.

  • 78 switch365 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Typical, after tearing us apart last week, Montero has decided to play crap against the unwashed

  • 79 toonbrother // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    We deserve whats coming
    0 league wins in 3 soon te 0 in 5
    all because we insist on hero worshipping a loser like colo
    fans as dumb as the NUFC fans on this blog deserve the misery headed their way

  • 80 Bobbybee // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    No negatives from today’s game surely? All round good hard working performance. Maybe Obertan needed to work harder on his defensive side, but it would be unfair to the team to search for anything negative from that effort. Clean sheets at Old Trafford don’t come easy. Howay the Lads!!!!!!

  • 81 toon kk // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Have you been on the piss and fallen out with yourself?

  • 82 edtheduck // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    @Springy… Great summary, reflected what I watched here in Vancouver. Good point to build on, let’s be positive lads!

  • 83 toonbrother // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    0 league wins in 5 with colo in the team = £100 in toonbrothers charity of choice
    at least something good will come from the tragedy that is nufc

  • 84 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Poor little mite, calling us all names because your fixation had a good day. To quote Mr Tuff….

    “Boo hoo. Boo hoo hoo”

  • 85 Big Archie // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Good to see a solid team effort.

    Also good to see Krul back to his best following an end of season run that had everyone slating him.

  • 86 pawl250 // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    We do have Northampton next which is 4th game, so if we win that and Coloccini starts Toonbrother will be eating his words.

    He will probably say it doesn’t count but

    Southampton h
    Swansea a
    Man Utd a
    Arsenal h

    I would have said a point would have been welcome from those games.

    We have two so nothing to lose really going into next week’s game.

  • 87 davetoon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    @Jonty. Obviously I was very happy that Rooney was offside but the freeze frame showed Saylors leg clearly was ahead of him and his body in line

  • 88 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Go see ya mammy, Toonbrother. She will make it all better.

    Petulant little child.

  • 89 Tinman // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Thought we were terrific today. Was just a little bit disappointed with colback. Thought he could have done more and looked a bit sloppy. Obertan just lost his place. Pwrez was brilliant so calm on the ball. He has to be disappointed if he doesn’t start next week. Whole defence was solid, deserve another shot. Mitro still not fit yet but offers far more than cisse what a header

  • 90 JackButler // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    West Ham booing their own players after twenty minutes and that’s before they went 0-2 down

    God I hate that club with an absolute passion

  • 91 WWSBRD // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    It was a promising start just confused why people think Mitrovic needs time to get fitness…he has no reason not to be fit for me

    Ur bet was based on ur prediction then u bottled it when JfA called u on it and tried to rewrite history, JfA rather kindly let u off and accepted ur manoeuvre…no reason why people shouldn’t know of that coloured streak u have though

  • 92 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    So, to all the rest who seem to have a sensible opinion…

    Fo we start with the same team next week, with the same set up at the back? Maybe change Squidward who has surely had his last chance?

  • 93 rossc // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Got to agree that our tactics under SM seem to be focused on the fullbacks providing the width.
    The Mitrovic header that hit the bar came from one of the few times Mbemba got up into an attacking position.
    It’s good that you can see what the club are trying to go, under pardew, you got the feeling that they had absolutely no idea of how they wanted the team to play in the attacking third.

  • 94 CypriotDelight // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Toonbrother u are blinded by hatred. Just looking at today’s game Colo put pressure on, tackled, blocked and defended really well. Why else was Krul grabbing him so much? He had a Good day at the office today……

    Yes players around him also played well but your overall generic arguments do not suit the game today. Chill man

  • 95 JamesToon // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    One really good performance who maybe gone under the radar, Haidara, he was solid defensively and very good going forward.

    Mitro as well his tracking back was brilliant, hold up play was good and his power is insane, did you see him take on 3 man united players just barges past them

  • 96 Tsunki // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Toonbrother you are struggling without the water wings.

    Mitro’s header – any other day a beautiful goal. I have high hopes for this lad. Wijnaldum I am already convinced he is absolutely a class above. Superb vision, can shrug off a challenge and leave his mark like a third tier mug. Haidara better but needs to improve on decision making but he looks like he’ll get there. Perez, for me the player of the future, I hope we hang on to him. Buzzing a bit about today tbh ha ha can’t wait for Arsenal, I think this squad us finally starting to believe.

  • 97 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    cheers ed….just tried to be honest with a few constuctive points to build on….much betta then southampton and a million miles from swansea…even tho we were down to ten men

  • 98 Bobbybee // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Dave toon, the analyst on bt sport highlighted the line and rooney was clearly offside mate. Even the biased panel accepted it!

  • 99 Jonty // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Davetoon. Retired ref Howard Webb said it was offside so that is good enough for me. And he is completely independant.

  • 100 GeordieinOhio // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    I have to admit I thought we were going to get stuffed today, still we need a better Center …and for God sake will someone explain why obertan is still getting game time to me….shockingly lazy, letting players jog past him with the ball !!

  • 101 Tinman // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Mitro has no reason not to be fit but you could clearly see he was not. Was running on fumes for the last 20. Of course today’s game was tougher than most for him. But he is still not fighting fit. Close mind.

  • 102 edtheduck // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    @YCMIU… Hopefully this is sensible … Agree again with Sissoko in for Squidbert… arsenal will be pretty without penetration and if we can go at them a bit and get some crosses in…

  • 103 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    need to press arsenal like today.. so they dont have time to pick out passes and then get some crosses in

  • 104 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    oops left out tiote from my review
    wasnt on long but ran around and put his foot in and closed down but hes nowhere his best yet sharpness wise

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