Thursday, 20 August 2015

Man United VS Newcastle Stats

22 August 2015 | Old Trafford | Att: 75,354
Manchester United were forced to settle for a point as
Louis van Gaal's former Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul left
his old manager frustrated and earned Newcastle
United a goalless draw at Old Trafford.
Krul made a host of top saves, including a brilliant one
to deny Juan Mata in the first period and an even
better one after the break to prevent substitute Javier
Hernandez from snatching a winner.
Van Gaal made just one change to the side that began
the 3-1 Champions League play-off win over Club
Brugge with Bastian Schweinsteiger starting his first
competitive match for the Reds since his summer
move, in place of Michael Carrick.
Newcastle, who arrived in M16 with just one point to
their name for the season and on a run of seven
consecutive defeats on the road across the end of last
term and start of this, were on the back foot almost
straight away and were lucky not to be a goal down
after four minutes when Wayne Rooney had the ball in
the net, but was flagged offside despite replays
suggesting otherwise.
Rooney took aim soon afterwards, following nice
combination play with Schweinsteiger, but his low drive
was claimed by Krul. The Newcastle goalkeeper was
also on hand to save Mata’s free-kick on 12 minutes
and he denied the Spaniard again a few minutes later
as he clawed his shot away low to his left. Rooney was
next to have a go as the wave of United attacks
continued but Krul was there once more.
Having barely been in the match, the visitors went
within inches of going ahead when Aleksandar Mitrovic
rose to send a superb header on to the United bar with
Sergio Romero well beaten. At the other end, Memphis
Depay found himself through on goal, but his touch
around Krul took him too wide and the Magpies cleared
the danger.
Thereafter, clear-cut chances were few and far
between, despite both sides looking dangerous around
the box.
Possession: United 60% Newcastle 40%
Shots: United 9 Newcastle 6
Shots on target: United 6 Newcastle 0
Corners: United 3 Newcastle 3
The second half began in the much the same fashion
the first had finished. Carrick came on for
Schweinsteiger just before the hour mark, while
Chicharito replaced Januzaj soon after, as the Reds
looked to turn up the heat on Steve McClaren’s men.
Chris Smalling was unlucky not to connect with a
corner when he had an opening, while a Rooney effort
was blocked and a Mata volley flew over.
Schneiderlin’s lovely backheel put Shaw through after
the full-back cut in from the left wing, but Krul was
there to block his shot.
Krul, who had famously been van Gaal’s penalty hero
during last year’s World Cup, continued to thwart the
Reds, with the best save of the lot coming when
Mata’s shot rebounded to put Chicharito through on
goal, but an outstretched leg from the Dutch stopper
kept the score goalless.
As the clock ticked down to 90 minutes, Fabricio
Coloccini blocked a goalbound Antonio Valencia shot
and a crazy end to the game almost saw both sides
win it when Smalling's header from Memphis' corner
hit a post, before Newcastle went straight up the other
end and substitute Florian Thauvin went within inches
of turning home a cross from close range.
Carrick's deflected shot in the dying seconds looked to
be flying in, but it wasn't to be for United who had to
make do with one point rather than the three which
were deserved.
Possession : United 70 Newcastle 30
Shots: United 20 Newcastle 7
Shots on target : United 8 Newcastle 0
Corners: United 11 Newcastle 5
United: Romero; Darmian (Valencia 77), Smalling, Blind,
Shaw; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger (Carrick 59); Mata,
Januzaj (Chicharito 67), Memphis; Rooney.
Subs not used: Johnstone, McNair, Herrera, Young.
Booked : Darmian, Shaw
Newcastle United: Krul, Mbemba, Taylor, Coloccini,
Haidara, Anita, Colback, Perez (Tiote 78), Wijnaldum,
Obertan (Thauvin 69), Mitrovic (Cisse 88).
Subs not used: Darlow, De Jong, Aarons, Williamson.
Booked : Haidara, Obertan


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