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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