Sunday 23 August 2015

Match report: United 0-0 Newcastle

United's 100% winning start to the season ended as Newcastle United produced a battling rearguard action to secure their second point of the campaign.

For United, it continued our unbeaten start and, for all the talk about the need for a centre-back, we are yet to concede in the league this season. 

Wayne Rooney had a goal ruled out for offside as LVG's side made a blistering start before Newcastle responded and went close through Aleksandar Mitrovic. 

The Serbian striker headed against the crossbar before Newcastle's Tim Krul saved well to deny substitute Javier Hernandez in a frantic finish. 

Chris Smalling struck the visitors post in the closing stages and debutant Florian Thauvin narrowly failed to connect with Papiss Cisse's ball across goal in added time as both sides went in search of an eventually elusive winner. 

Rooney went close to ending his 280 minute goal drought when he finished well in the fourth minute only to be flagged marginally offside whilst Juan Mata and Luke Shaw also went close for the Reds before half-time.

In the end though, United were unable to break down the resolute visitors and had to be content with a point to go second in the fledgling table, two points behind surprise leaders Leicester. 

Louis van Gaal said that his side did "not make the right choices" and added:

"We can be satisfied with the performance but not with the result- we were unlucky.
"We did not make the right choices in the final third but played fantastic as a team, I like this kind of game but not this result.
"The performance was one of the best in my period but we don't reward ourselves and there was only one club that wanted to win and that was us."

United Faithful Man of the Match: Chris Smalling
Overall team performance: 7/10 

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