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United 1 Newcastle 1

Two points dropped, a contentious penalty awarded against us and Manchester City about to disappear over the horizon, not a good Saturday at Old Trafford for united followers.

Sir Alex Ferguson, hit with injuries to his midfield duo of Cleverley and Anderson, started with Carrick and Giggs in the middle of the park. With Wellbeck still having not recovered from the injury picked up on international duty; Javier Hernandez partnered Wayne Rooney up front.

Out wide, Ashley Young made his first Premier League start after recovering from the knock that had side-lined him for several weeks.

With 75,594 crammed into Old Trafford, the biggest Premier League attendance of the season, expectation levels were high, little did they know that they were about to witness a game that was to prove to be so pulsating.

The first half, although entertaining, wasn`t a patch on the second, although, in the light of events to come, Newcastle might well have felt that they should have had a penalty when the ball struck the hand of Patrice Evra.

But, onto the second half and all the controversy!

The half started well for United with Hernandez putting the home side ahead after forty-nine minutes and you hoped it might then have all been plain-sailing, but the match was turned on it`s head when Newcastle were awarded an unexpected penalty just past the hour mark.

Rio Ferdinand looked to have put in the perfect tackle to half the progression of Demba Ba but the linesman saw something in the tackle that warranted a penalty, although nobody else in the entire stadium did. After the usual shenanigans involving a whole host of players protesting, Ba stood up and confidently equalised.

But, stunned by the penalty, United then proceed to batter the Newcastle goal but found the Geordie keeper, Tim Krul, in fantastic form. The young keeper produced some sublime saves to deny Vidic, moments after Newcastle had seen Guttierz sent off for a second yellow card. He then produced another show-stopping save to deny a curling effort from Evra before, when he was beaten, the woodwork saved him and then, just as you thought that winner was coming, Danny Simpson popped up to produce a goal line clearance like no other!

Naturally, afterwards, Sir Alex Ferguson was spitting feathers about the penalty award ad who can blame him. They say these things even themselves out over the course of the season, but do they?



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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 27 2011

Time: 1:11PM

Your Comments

Please, redboy, consider Fergie's reaction after a scoredraw if Coloccini had kicked out at Rooney on the ground and United had benefited from a bad penalty decision - what would his rant have been about then? It's clear he's only interested in piling pressure on officials for upcoming games. Fergie continues to coach his players to crowd and intimidate the ref at every opportunity. Because of this, any record of trophies and success will forever be stained. He, and not envy as you all like to believe, is the real reason supporters of clubs from non-league to the PL took satisfaction from your dropped points yesterday.
Howard
Be warned Howard, they don't like to hear the truth on this site.
Bluedub
No they don't even out over the course of a season, they don't even out at all, sometimes they will happen for you and sometimes they'll go against ya. Another c0ck up which once again iterates and reiterates that the game needs to keep up with the times. It's just a game, we must remember that but at the same time the importance of a single decision and the effect it can have, promotion/relegation and millions of pounds of difference, we should really be aiding those who make the decisions as much as we can. It's easy for the players to blame the failings of the linesman as the reason for dropping 2 points but the finishing on the day was awful and Krul being amazing on the day was also to blame. A 1-1 draw with an in form Newcastle who have been the best defensively in the the league so far this season isn't too bad. Also, that's a bit rich coming from you Bluedub eh?
TheFamousNo7
Famous agree completely, every season we see decisions that have huge impact in both the CL and PL, something need to be done, I dont know what exactly but when games are lost due too referee decisions and with so much money at stake, actions must be taken. Famous, Bluedub cant handle anything that hasnt been posted by himself regardless, in his world his is a football oracle.
nordkap
PMSL! I love you Nerdy! xx
Bluedub
We missed several chaces to win the game comfortably but it was not our day .
nickster
Do you guys think that Shrek will be retrospectively banned for his wild kicks at Collicini? It wasn't dealt with by the ref at the time so would have to assume the ref didn't see it, I wonder if the FA did.
Bluedub
No. He was going for the ball as was Coloccini. Coloccini himself saw nothing wrong with it picked himself up and got on with the game. The only person who had an issue with it was Ben Arfa. There's no case to answer to.
TheFamousNo7
When the ball was gone he continued to kick, did he not?
Bluedub
It was 50/50 Bluedub and you're the only person remotely bothered by it and the one of very few who saw anything malicous in it, well you and Ben Arfa anyway. The first time Rooney kicked he got the ball, the second time he kicked Coloccini was very quick and got the ball before him.
TheFamousNo7
"I dont know what exactly but when games are lost due too referee decisions and with so much money at stake, actions must be taken."

Is it just game changing errors like the one against Ferdinand that has you worried, or would you support action being taken against the likes of martin Atkinson for giving Lieverpool every 50/50, failing to send off two of their players, booking our players for nothing yet letting the Liverpool players do much worse to us without punishment? The penalty for Newcastle clearly wasn't, and it totally changed the game - but are you just upset that it is your team on the receiving end, or would you support looking into all bad referees, even if they are giving the bad decisions against us/Arsenal/Chelsea?
fifthcolumnblue
fcb I'm a football fan first mate so the answer to that one is easy, I'd support looking into all bad referees.
TheFamousNo7
TF7 I was talking to two U*d fans today, one a friend and the other a work mate, they both agreed that Shrek was a very lucky boy.
Bluedub
I see what you mean Bluedub - they can't face the truth can they. And he calls himself a fan of the game first! Theatre of delusions. And as for fcb - can he find me a single neutral that didn't think Liverpool deserved the victory at Plastic Bridge?! Much easier to curse the officials than accept you fell short. There's a common thread here.
Howard
I'm not talking about Stamford Bridge, I'm a City fan that is still absolutely livid about Atkinson's overwhelmingly biased eprformance at Analfield.
fifthcolumnblue
 

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