Newcastle 0 Man United 0

Sir Alex Ferguson

New­castle Uni­ted 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, St Ja­mes´ Park, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, April 19, 2011. Man­chester Uni­ted ex­ten­ded their lead at the top of the Pre­mier Lea­gue ta­ble to sev­en points af­ter draw­ing ag­ainst New­castle Uni­ted at St Ja­mes´ Park. Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s men did their ut­most to find a way for­ward, but could not man­age to break down the well or­gan­ised New­castle back­line and the ho­me te­am were well de­serving of their point.

New­castle Uni­ted dom­in­ated pos­ses­sion in the fir­st ha­lf, but Man­chester Uni­ted saw more of the ball af­ter the ha­lf-time break. Al­though Sir Al­ex Ferguson’s si­de played their way in­to the ga­me and en­joyed the best goal scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies in the sec­ond pe­riod, they were not able to find the back of the net. Way­ne Roo­ney came clo­se to find­ing the goal for Man­chester Uni­ted al­ready in the 19th min­ute of the en­counter when his power­ful shot was de­flec­ted over by New­castle cus­todi­an Tim Krul, and Ry­an Gig­gs had an­oth­er glor­i­ous scor­ing op­por­tun­ity fol­low­ing 69 min­utes of ac­tion, but the mid­field play­maker ma­naged to put his ef­fort wide. Javi­er Her­nandez showed some of his thespi­an qual­it­ies when the Mex­ico in­ter­na­tion­al went down in the pen­alty area in stop­page time, and the stri­ker was rightly book­ed by ref­er­ee Lee Probert for diving. All in all, a goal­less draw was the on­ly lo­gic­al res­ult, and bo­th clubs de­served at least a point. Fol­low­ing the draw wi­th New­castle, Man­chester Uni­ted now had 70 points from 33 mat­ches, sev­en points above fel­low title con­tenders Ar­senal. New­castle Uni­ted Te­am: Tim Krul, Dan­ny Simp­son, Mi­ke Wil­li­am­son, Fab­ri­cio Co­loccini, Jo­nas Gu­ti­er­rez, Cheik Ti­ote, Jose En­rique, Joey Bar­ton, Dan­ny Gu­thrie, Shola Ameo­bi, Pe­ter Loven­krands. Sub­stitutes: Ja­mes Perch, Ste­ven Tay­lor, Ry­an Tay­lor, Steph­en Ire­land, Shefki Kuqi, Nile Ranger, Ole Soder­berg. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, John O’Shea, Chris Small­ing, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Oli­veira An­der­son, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ry­an Gig­gs, Lu­is Nani, Javi­er Her­nandez, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: Jon­ny Evans, Fa­bio da Silva, An­tonio Va­lencia, Dar­ron Gib­son Ji-Sung Park, Mi­chael Owen, To­masz Kuszczak.

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