MATCH REPORTS

Newcastle 0 Manchester United 1

Jonas Gutierrez


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park

 

 

Newcastle United 0

Manchester United 1 (Young 89)

 

 

Jonas Gutierrez made his return to action but Newcastle United suffered a late defeat against Manchester United at St. James' Park.

 

The Argentine international overcame testicular cancer late last year and stepped off the substitutes' bench for an emotional 25-minute cameo - wearing the captain's armband.

 

But he was unable to inspire the Magpies to victory and they were undone by Ashley Young's 89th-minute effort, as the former Watford man took advantage of a mix-up in the home defence.

 

There were chances at both ends in an entertaining encounter. Newcastle should have been awarded an early penalty for Chris Smalling's foul on Emmanuel Riviere, only for referee Anthony Taylor to wave away their appeals, while Wayne Rooney could have broken the deadlock on more than one occasion.

 

David de Gea saved brilliantly from Riviere, as did Tim Krul from Rooney and Young, while Papiss Cisse passed up a glorious one-on-one opening.

 

And with the game heading for a stalemate, the hosts were made to pay with time almost up, as Krul mishit a clearance to the feet of Young, who made no mistake.

 

It was a lively start to the contest, with both teams having spells of good possession, albeit without any clear-cut chances.

 

Newcastle had a huge penalty shout waved away on ten minutes as Riviere was sent tumbling under Chris Smalling's challenge. The Manchester United centre-back was nowhere near the ball but referee Anthony Taylor deemed it not a foul.

 

At the other end, Ander Herrera wasn't too far away with a 20-yarder that was always slicing away from Tim Krul's goal.

 

On 26 minutes, the Magpies breathed a huge sigh of relief as Rooney spurned a great opening.

 

Beating the hosts' offside trap - which duly stood and watched in hope of a raised flag that correctly never came - Rooney took a couple of steps towards goal and dinked an effort over the onrushing Krul, only to see the ball drift well wide.

 

It was a let-off and Newcastle almost made the visitors pay soon after, with 11-goal leading scorer Papiss Cisse latching on to a flick from Riviere, teeing himself up but volleying off target from an ambitious 25 yards.

 

With half-time approaching, Krul was forced into action for the first time, springing full-length to his left to beat away Fellaini's powerful header, after the big Belgian connected with Antonio Valencia's deep cross.

 

Manchester United went close again three minutes into the second half, with Rojo striding forward from his left-back berth before unleashing a drive which flew inches over the top.

 

But Newcastle responded and only an outstanding David de Gea save prevented Riviere opening his Barclays Premier League account.

 

Ryan Taylor's free-kick was nodded back across goal by Fabricio Coloccini and when Riviere pounced from a couple of yards, the Spanish stopper was equal to it with a combination of thigh and arm.

 

It was end-to-end stuff and Krul was next to prove his worth in between the sticks, with a top-class double save.

 

When Fellaini was picked out in space in the area, he saved brilliantly from the midfielder's turn and shot, which threatened to creep under him.

 

And if that wasn't enough, Krul was back on his feet in a split second, blocking Young's follow-up when it looked certain the Red Devils would break the deadlock.

 

On 64 minutes, the atmosphere inside St. James' Park was ramped up a notch or two by the introduction of Gutierrez, for his first appearance in the first team having overcome testicular cancer.

 

And the Magpies almost took the lead immediately with a counter-attack which saw substitute Ayoze Perez and Cisse race through against one defender.

 

The former fed the latter but Cisse didn't catch his strike cleanly and it bobbled off target, when the majority of the stadium were expecting the net to bulge.

 

At the other end, Krul saved well at his near-post from Rooney's downward header, but the visitors snatched all three points a minute before full-time.

 

When Rooney raced down the right and into the penalty area, Mehdi Abeid and Yoan Gouffran got in a mix-up, chaos ensued and Krul passed the ball straight to the feet of Young, who tapped home at the Leazes End.

 

There was still time for de Gea to perform heroics again, making a brilliant save to keep out Cisse's goalbound header, as Newcastle's huge effort went unrewarded.

 

 

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor (Jonas Gutierrez 65); Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi (Yoan Gouffran 81); Emmanuel Riviere (Ayoze Perez 59), Papiss Cisse

 

Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Lubomir Satka, Vurnon Anita, Adam Armstrong

 

 

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo (Michael Carrick 89); Ander Herrera, Daley Blind; Angel Di Maria (Adnan Januzaj 59), Marouane Fellaini (Juan Mata 82), Ashley Young; Wayne Rooney (c)

 

Subs not used: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Paddy McNair, Radamel Falcao

 

 

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester)

 

Bookings: Newcastle - Gutierrez (67); Manchester United - Rojo (60), Valencia (84)

 

 

Attendance: 49,801 (3,000 Manchester United)

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