Newcastle United 0-0 Manchester United
Manchester United were unable to deliver a decisive blow in the EPL title fight as they failed to breakdown Newcastle United at St James’s Park.
Both sides had strong penalty appeals in the second half of an entertaining encounter.
On 58 minutes, Newcastle’s Peter Lovenkrands fell under a challenge from Anderson while in stoppage time, Javier Hernandez fell over Newcastle defender Danny Simpson’s trailing leg.
But referee Jeff Probert declined to give a spot-kick both times. And he booked Manchester United’s striker for simulation.
The league leaders nearly went ahead in the second minute when Hernandez got on the end of Wayne Rooney’s fine low cross from the left. But Newcastle keeper Tim Krull made a terrific block at the Mexican’s feet.
After withstanding considerable early Newcastle pressure, the Red Devils brought Krull into action again on 19 minutes when Rooney’s goalbound right-foot shot struck the keeper on the head.
Lovenkrands headed Newcastle’s best first-half opportunity wide in the 44th minute, from Joey Barton’s right-wing cross. And the hosts had to defend for much of the second half.
But Ryan Giggs was wastefully off-target from 12 yards with the second period’s clearest chance, on 69 minutes. And the game remained goalless.
Tags: Manchester United, Newcastle United, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney