Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle United: The draw extends the visitors’ unbeaten run

Joelinton is yet to score for Newcastle this season

Marcus Rashford’s injury-hit header sent Manchester United into the hands of Newcastle United and dropped them three points out of the top four.

In almost the final touch of a disappointing game, Casemiro fired a cross to the far post. Substitute Rashford rose highest but his effort went wide of the post.

A goal at that point would have been tough for Newcastle, who came close to securing just their second win at Old Trafford since 1972, but after Joelinton’s first-half header hit the bar, the Brazilian headed home the rebound.

The hosts’ frustrations were summed up by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal forward, who had two second-half efforts disallowed, shook his head in anger when he was replaced by Rashford after 18 minutes.

He continued to walk within himself and shake his head until he reached the underground place, when he collapsed in a fiery discord.

United Miss Eriksen

Sir Alex Ferguson presented personal awards to David de Gea and Ronaldo before kick-off. Before that, he greeted Erik ten Hag warmly.

The Scot was unbeaten in this match during his 27-year tenure as Manchester United manager.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea
Sir Alex Ferguson presented plaques commemorating Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea’s 700 goals and United’s 500th game before kick-off.

The Ten Hag, including Ralf Rangnick, is the sixth man since Ferguson to be tasked with restoring the Old Trafford outfit to something similar.

The opening weeks have been a setback, excellent against Liverpool and Arsenal, terrible against Brentford and Manchester City. There has been one constant, Christian Eriksen has proven to be a great signing.

Unfortunately for Ten Hag, the Dane missed the first Premier League game of the season through illness and without him, Manchester United lacked creativity.

He went deep in the early stages before Antony forced Nick Pope into his first meaningful stop and that came at the end of a counter-attack led by Jadon Sancho.

The home team twice found the back of the net after the break, but both times Ronaldo’s effort was denied.

The first one was clearly offside. The second was more controversial.

Ronaldo and his teammates argued that Fabian Schar had fouled Pope and therefore the ball was in play. Pope didn’t move when Ronaldo came in, suggesting the shot was still to be taken.

Referee Craig Pawson ruled in favor of the England keeper, so Ronaldo only received a yellow card for picking up the ball and going into an empty net.

Ten Hag was clearly not impressed with Pawson’s performances, judging by the way the Dutchman approached the official in the final round.

Spectacular Newcastle

It was another good result for Newcastle, who have now drawn with both Manchester clubs and lost just once this season.

Joelinton had to face them. With De Gea on the ground trying to save the Brazilian’s initial header from Kieran Trippier’s cross, the Brazilian had only to turn his effort into a goal.

Unfortunately for the visitors, he didn’t get it, Miguel Almiron rushing his second-half kick from a pre-planned corner routine and firing into the Stretford End when he had time to do much better.

However, at a ground where they have barely won and haven’t picked up a point since 2015, this was one of Newcastle’s better efforts.

Trippier in particular looked good, which is a positive for Gareth Southgate given his recent form Bad news on the injury front for many of his right backs.

Without a doubt, if anyone is going to miss the established top six this season, it looks set to be Newcastle.

Player of the match

TrippierKieran Trippier

Newcastle United

  1. Group number2Player nameTrippier

  2. Group number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

  3. Group number22Player nameHoly Father

  4. Group number24Player namestarch

  5. Group number7Player nameJoelinton

  6. Group number5Player nameSchär

  7. Group number9Player nameWilson

  8. Group number4Player namebotman

  9. Group number13Player nameTargett

  10. Group number33Player nameburn

  11. Group number28Player nameWillock

  12. Group number36Player nameS Longstaff

  13. Group number23Player nameMurphy

  14. Group number6Player nameLascelles

  15. Group number20Player nameWood

  16. Group number21Player nameFraser

The eleven

Manchester United

training 4-2-3-1

  • 1by Gea
  • 20sharing
  • 19early
  • 6Martinez
  • 23Shaw
  • 18casemiroBooked in 69 minutes
  • 17Fred
  • 21dos Santos
  • 8Bruno FernandesBooked in 65 minutes
  • 25Anto
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked in 49 minutesreplaced byRashfordin 72′minutes


  • 2Lindelöf
  • 10Rashford
  • 12Malacia
  • 22Heaton
  • 28Pellistri
  • 36Zone
  • 49grenache
  • 55Iqbal
  • 73Mainoo


training 4-3-3

  • 22Holy Father
  • 2Trippier
  • 5Schärreplaced byLascellesin 90+1′minutes
  • 4botman
  • 33burnBooked in 43 minutesreplaced byTargettin 78′minutes
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 39Guimaraes Rodríguez Mourareplaced byWillockin 78′minutes
  • 7Joelinton
  • 24starch
  • 9Wilsonreplaced byWoodin 78′minutes
  • 23Murphyreplaced byFraserin 59′minutes


  • 6Lascelles
  • 8Shelvey
  • 12Lewis
  • 13Targett
  • 18the warrior
  • 20Wood
  • 21Fraser
  • 28Willock
  • 32Anderson

Craig Pawson


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