Man United 1 Newcastle 1

Demba Ba

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 New­castle Uni­ted 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Nov­ember 26, 2011. It was an­oth­er dis­ap­point­ing draw for Man­chester Uni­ted as they blew a one goal lead ag­ainst New­castle Uni­ted at ho­me. A goal from Javi­er Her­nandez put the hosts ahead shortly af­ter the re­start be­fore the vis­it­ors evened the score thanks to a pen­alty from Demba Ba in the 62nd min­ute of the encounter.

Fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw wi­th Por­tuguese Primeira Liga si­de Ben­fica at Old Traf­ford in the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue four days earli­er, Man­chester Uni­ted faced Alan Pardew´s New­castle Uni­ted te­am at ho­me look­ing for their fourth con­sec­ut­ive vic­tory in the Pre­mier Lea­gue. The Reds had de­feated Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty Sta­dium in their last Pre­miership fix­ture, whi­le the North East club had suc­cumbed to a 3-1 de­feat at the hands of ta­ble top­ping Man­chester City at East­lands. Man­chester Uni­ted were mis­sing Oli­veira An­der­son and Tom Clev­er­ley, but Chris Small­ing, Ra­fael da Silva, Ne­manja Vid­ic, and Way­ne Roo­ney were all back in ac­tion. New­castle, for their part, had to man­age with­out Le­on Best, Sylvain Mar­veaux, and Cheik Ti­ote, whi­le Dan­ny Gu­thrie and Gab­riel Ober­tan were bo­th de­clared fit for fight ag­ain. Bo­th Man­chester Uni­ted and New­castle had their chances to score dur­ing the fir­st ha­lf of the tie, but the two de­fences held firm un­til the ha­lf-time whistle. The ho­me  sup­port­ers had to en­dure a mere four min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod, how­ever, be­fore Javi­er Her­nandez ma­naged to open the scor­ing ac­count af­ter New­castle de­fender Ste­ven Tay­lor had bloc­ked a power­ful shot by Roo­ney. The Mag­pies al­most equal­ised on the hour ma­rk, but Fab­ri­cio Coloccini´s fe­ro­cious ef­fort was ma­gic­ally saved by Da­vid de Gea in the Man­chester Uni­ted goal. Then, af­ter 62 min­utes of fierce ac­tion, a tack­le by Fer­dinand on Hatem Ben Arfa in­side the box han­ded the vis­it­ors a con­tro­ver­sial pen­alty which Sene­g­alese in­ter­na­tion­al Demba Ba slot­ted in­to the net to make the score 1-1, and there was even more dra­ma in the 79th min­ute when Jo­nas Gu­ti­er­rez was giv­en his march­ing or­ders for his sec­ond yel­low card of­fence. Whi­le Man­chester Uni­ted re­mained un­in­spired, Her­nandez re­mained their biggest threat and the hard run­ning marks­man had the ball in the net in stop­page time, but he was cor­rectly ruled off­side by ref­er­ee Mi­ke Jones.

In oth­er Pre­mier Lea­gue mat­ches, Sun­der­land lost 2-1 ag­ainst Wi­gan Ath­let­ic at Sta­dium of Light, Chel­sea dis­mantled Wolver­hampton Wan­derers 3-0 at Stam­ford Bridge, Sto­ke City de­feated Black­burn Rov­ers by 3-1 at Brit­an­nia Sta­dium, Bol­ton Wan­derers suf­fered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Ever­ton at Ree­bok Sta­dium, Nor­wich City over­came Queens Park Ran­gers 2-1 at Car­row Road, West Brom­wich Al­bion were beaten 3-1 at The Haw­thorns by Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, and Ar­senal and Ful­ham shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Emir­ates Sta­dium. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Fa­bio da Silva, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Rio Fer­dinand, Ry­an Gig­gs, Ash­ley Young, Mi­chael Car­rick, Javi­er Her­nandez, Way­ne Roo­ney, Lu­is Nani. Sub­stitutes: Jon­ny Evans, Chris Small­ing, An­tonio Va­lencia, Dar­ron Gib­son, Ji-Sung Park, Fe­d­erico Ma­cheda, An­ders Linde­gaard. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Tim Krul, Dan­ny Simp­son, Ste­ven Tay­lor, Fab­ri­cio Co­loccini, Jo­nas Gu­ti­er­rez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Ry­an Tay­lor, Yo­han Cabaye, Dan­ny Gu­thrie, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Demba Ba. Sub­stitutes: Sam­my Ameo­bi, Dan Gos­ling, Dav­ide San­ton, Ja­mes Perch, Shola Ameo­bi, Pe­ter Loven­krands, Ro­bert Elliot.

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