Friday, 15 January 2016

Newcastle vs Man Utd Result & Analysis

FT Newcastle 3-3 Man Utd

Match Report
Paul Dummett scored a dramatic last-minute equaliser
as Newcastle United twice came from behind to draw 3-3
with Manchester United in a Barclays Premier League
classic at St James' Park.
In a controversial and thrilling contest, Wayne Rooney's
penalty and a Jesse Lingard strike had the visitors two
goals ahead, but Georginio Wijnaldum got one back prior
to half-time.
Newcastle dominated the second period and Aleksandar
Mitrovic won a penalty after tussling with Chris Smalling,
converting it himself.
Rooney netted with a stunning finish with 11 minutes
remaining, but that would not be enough for victory as
Dummett's deflected effort at the death earned Steve
McClaren's side a crucial point.
The result endsures Newcastle, who stay in the bottom
three, end a three-match run of BPL defeats without
scoring a goal, while Louis van Gaal's fifth-placed side
have now only won one of their last eight.
Rooney's ninth-minute penalty was the first major
moment of the contest, with Marouane Fellaini meeting a
corner from close range and heading into the hand of
Chancel Mbemba, who was only a yard away but did
have his arm raised.
Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot despite Newcastle
protests and Rooney stepped up to confidently send Rob
Elliot the wrong way.
Rooney could have had a second midway through the half
when Lingard's accurate pass sent him through on goal
but he shot inches wide with his left foot.
That miss was almost costly when Newcastle went
straight up the other end and forced David De Gea into a
crucial save. The goalkeeper - on his 200th appearance
for the club - blocked with his legs from Wijnaldum after
the Dutchman had played a brilliant one-two with Ayoze
Perez to set up the chance.
Van Gaal's men doubled their lead on 38 minutes when
Ander Herrera release Rooney. The England striker took
his time before reversing a clever pass into path of
Lingard to finish through the legs of Elliot from a tight
That two-goal cushion only lasted four minutes, though,
after Fabricio Coloccini's high pass was headed down by
Mitrovic and the onrushing Wijnaldum netted with an
impressive first-time volley.
De Gea saved from Moussa Sissoko early in the second
half, before Lingard missed the target with an excellent
opportunity at the other end after good work from
Anthony Martial and Herrera, leaving Van Gaal visibly
Jack Colback's claims for a spot-kick having been
challenged by Fellaini were ignored but the home side did
get a penalty when Mitrovic was wrestled to the ground
by Smalling in a physical confrontation, with the Serbia
striker taking it himself to comfortably beat De Gea on 67
Rooney responded when substitute Memphis Depay's
shot deflected into his path 20 yards from goal and he
unleashed an unstoppable finish into the top-left corner.
Elliot then made a key save from Fellaini's late header,
meaning Dummett's powerful strike - which deflected off
Smalling and into the top-left corner - sealed a precious
point after an epic battle.
Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren: "The
crowd responded magnificently and we wanted to show
everyone what we are about. We kept fighting unti the
end and we have got a goal that feels like a winner.
"People thought it would be a 0-0 and it was a classic at
3-3. It must have been a great game for the neutral – it
was a heart attack for the coaches."
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "We could
have scored six goals easily here and we did not. If we
had, it would have been three successive wins at the start
of the year going into Liverpool.
"It is not so interesting to create chances. In every press
conference I say you have to score one more goal than
the opponent."
Post-match stats:
- Wayne Rooney’s brace enabled him to score his 14th
goal against Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League,
making them his most favoured opponents in the
- Rooney has also assisted eight Premier League goals
against Newcastle, his most against a single opponent.
- Rooney’s penalty goal was his 19th in the Premier
League for Man United, putting him ahead of Ruud van
Nistelrooy (18).
- All of Georgino Wijnaldum’s eight goals for Newcastle
have come at St. James’ Park this season.
- This is only the second time this season that
Manchester United have scored twice in the first half of a
Premier League game (also two vs. Everton in October).
- Paul Dummett netted his first Premier League goal since
October 2013 against Liverpool.
- Newcastle recovered from a two-goal deficit to avoid
defeat for the first time in a Premier League game since
September 2014 against Hull (a 2-2 draw).
- The Magpies scored more than twice in a Premier
League game this season for only the second time (also
6-2 against Norwich).


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