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Newcastle Hang On To End First Half 1-1 Against Manchester United

After getting an early goal, Newcastle were put under pressure for much of the first half by Manchester United. The half ended level with a goal a piece but the visitors had the bulk of possession and chances.

Newcastle started the match in a 4-1-4-1 with Isaac Hayden sitting behind Jeff Hendrick and Jonjo Shelvey in the midfield. Joelinton was on the right and Allan Saint-Maximin on the left.

The Magpies got off to a very fortunate start with an early counter leading to a goal. Emil Krafth’s 2nd-minute cross was knocked into the net by a sliding Luke Shaw to give Newcastle the lead.

Manchester United enjoyed a bunch of possession after the opening goal but couldn’t create any decent chances to test Karl Darlow until after the 20-minute mark.

Bruno Fernandes had a nice strike disallowed due to VAR ruling Juan Mata offside. The disappointment was short-lived as the Red Devils found an equalizer a few minutes later.

Harry Maguire surged forward to beat Federico Fernandez to a corner in the 23rd minute. His header bounced past a diving Darlow and into the far corner.

Allan Saint-Maximin forced David de Gea into a diving save in the 29th minute. The Frenchman cut inside from the right and launched a shot that de Gea had to parry away. The Spaniard hit the post with his right arm and needed treatment but was able to continue.

Manchester United kept the pressure on Newcastle and forced Karl Darlow into action. Darlow had an excellent punch on a cross and then saved another from Aaron Wan-Bissaka that looked to be going in. On the subsequent corner, Jamaal Lascelles cleared a shot off the line.

Darlow continued his outstanding goalkeeping with another terrific save. This time from Marcus Rashford whose 43rd-minute shot bounced right in front of Darlow as he went down to make the save. He was able to swat it away to keep the match level going into halftime.

327 comments so far

  • SiOliver

    Oct 17, 2020 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #321

    Hope those that paid Sky got their money’s worth. Never want to lose, especially to these tw*ts, but anything that speeds up Bruce’s departure can’t be too bad.

  • Zorro

    Oct 17, 2020 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #322

    He has to be by a country mile one of the worst muppets ever to be appointed nufc manager
    The man is clueless he even looks clueless, tactics what tactics if I had the choice he would go before that moronic owner

  • Paul141726

    Oct 17, 2020 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #323

    Zorro, let them tango out the door together.

  • toonluvva

    Oct 17, 2020 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #324

    So we had one team attacking with purpose versus NUFC.

    So we had one team set up to dominate the game versus NUFC.

    So we had one team playing to win versus NUFC.

    So we had one team packed with expensive players versus NUFC

    So we had two coaches both of whom were ex-Man Utd, at least both will be happy with the result.

    Well Done Steve Dunce! You snatched a trouncing from the jaws of victory.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Oct 17, 2020 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #325

    How is it our defence back off and back off till there in our box instead of getting stuck in before they get anywhere near our box can someone tell.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 17, 2020 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #326

    I paid Sky and it was worth it to see what a useless tw@t Bruce is.
    What a disgrace for a club as big as Newcastle playing like that against a poor team with a bunch of overpaid stars!
    The tragedy is we know Ashley won’t sack Bruce!

  • Geordie crappa

    Oct 17, 2020 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #327

    And I’ve got to go work in sunderland tomorrow….they’ll be crowing like champions leaguers.
    Thanks for that Steve.
    And strangely they all say Bruce is shocking in his second season.
    Might be why he’s had so many clubs.

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