Date: Sunday 16th October 2022, 2.00pm
Venue: Old Trafford
0 - 0
in the first half, I feel we should've been leading. I thought we
executed the game plan really well, we were aggressive and on the front
foot. We unsettled their rhythm and there were those moments for
Joelinton which could have been very different.
"He's unlucky with the first
header as it was a brilliant effort and he's unlucky with the second
one as well. I thought we could've had a penalty as well with Callum
"Physically we seemed to suffer
in the second half as there was a bit of illness in the camp in
midweek. There were a couple of players playing today who weren't
"Maybe that was one of the
reasons and I don't think we were great on the ball either today. We
gave the ball away at times which was uncharacteristic of us. That
takes its toll on you physically.
"I think, especially in the first half, we had our moments. Joe(Linton) has hit the woodwork twice, and thatís obviously a big
moment in the game.
"I think Callum Wilson also had a very strong penalty shout and we had
other moments and chances too, where in the last couple of weeks, weíve
been better with the ball in and around the box. We werenít quite there
"But Iím still very proud of the players, and what they gave in the
game. Iím pleased with the result, and the defensive performance.
"I think the hallmark of a good team is being hard to beat. Defensive
solidity is so important, being difficult to score against, and I have
to compliment the players on delivering those things for us
"The challenge is to continue with that consistency, while
not losing our attacking edge, and I just thought we were a little bit
off today with the ball, which hasnít been like us in the last few weeks
when weíve scored nine goals in two games.
has re-injured his thigh. Itís a very similar injury to
the first one that he picked up with Sweden. Heís going to be out for a
period of time Ė we probably wonít see him before the break for the
"Maxi has a very slight irritation of his hamstring. On its own, that
would be very small and probably just be a few days out, but the problem
we have is that because itís the third time heís done it, weíre going to
have to be very careful."
Erik ten Hag
(who gave Sven Botman his senior Ajax debut in 2018) said:
"The performance was good, a clean sheet, we pressed well, we
controlled the game and in stages we were good on the ball - especially
in the second half.
"Then, we dictated the game and in the end we could - we should - have
scored the winning goal. One from Fred, and then Rashford had to score.
"In the end we could have got the win, we deserved the win, and it is a
big compliment to the team that we deserved this with a physical
performance against one of the most physical teams in the league. They
all had cramp and we kept going."
Asked about what he said to the officials at full time:
don't have a comment, everyone has seen it. As I said, I shared
that with (them). Everyone has seen what happened today
on the pitch, so I don't have a comment.
"As I said, I share (my views) with them. You can
try, eh? Everyone has seen the game. You have to judge the
performance from the teams and from the refs, not me. I don't
have a comment on the ref's performance.
"We have a squad and you see in the last weeks, we have more
than 11 players who can contribute and also this team played
"I think we had 15 attempts, yeah? But it will come. Sometimes
you are in a period, you are in that stage, but our strikers
will score, will score a lot, I'm confident about that as long
as we keep doing the work in and out of possession.
"We score in almost every game. Today we didn't but in all of
the other games we score. It's clear, it's always about taking
responsibility, I am convinced our strikers will take
responsibility, but also other players in our team: midfielders,
and defenders can also score goals."
Nick Pope's tenth PL appearance for Newcastle brought him a fourth
clean sheet - matching the starts Shaka Hislop and Shay Given made
for the club in that competiton but one behind Mike Hooper,
who managed five.
Six draws from Newcastle's opening 10 league games is the highest in any
season since 1924/25, matching the total in the
Callum Wilson completed a half century of PL games for the Magpies
(45 starts). That came from a possible 86 games in that competition.
Two competitive outings for the white and green change strip now and
two draws (1-1 at Wolves the other instance).
NUFC last 11 PL seasons after ten games:
2011/12 22 points, 3rd (scored 15, conceded 7)
2012/13 14 points, 10th (scored 12, conceded 14)
2013/14 14 points, 9th (scored 14, conceded 16)
2014/15 13 points, 12th (scored 11, conceded 15)
2015/16 6 points, 18th (scored 12, conceded 22)
2017/18 14 points, 9th (scored 10, conceded 9)
2018/19 3 points, 19th (scored 6, conceded 14)
2019/20 9 points, 17th (scored 6, conceded 10)
2020/21 14 points, 10th (scored 12, conceded 15)
2021/22 4 points, 19th (scored 11, conceded 23)
2022/23 15 points, 6th (scored 17, conceded 9)
Magpies v MUFC @ Old Trafford - PL era:
2022/23 drew 0-0
2021/22 lost 1-4 Manquillo
2020/21 lost 1-3 Saint-Maximin
2019/20 lost 1-4 M.Longstaff
2018/19 lost 2-3 Kenedy, Muto
2017/18 lost 1-4 Gayle
2015/16 drew 0-0
2014/15 lost 1-3 Cisse(pen)
2013/14 won 1-0 Cabaye
2012/13 lost 3-4 Perch, og(Evans), Cisse
2012/13 lost 1-2 Cisse (LC)
2011/12 drew 1-1 Ba(pen)
2010/11 lost 0-3
2008/09 drew 1-1 Martins
2007/08 lost 0-6
2006/07 lost 0-2
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-2 Ambrose
2003/04 drew 0-0
2002/03 lost 3-5 Bernard, Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 lost 1-3 Shearer
2000/01 lost 0-2
1999/00 lost 1-5 og(Berg)
1998/99 drew 0-0
1997/98 drew 1-1 Andersson
1996/97 drew 0-0
1995/96 lost 0-2
1994/95 lost 0-2
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole
A first point and clean sheet at Old Trafford in six
attempts was a repeat of Newcastle's 0-0 draw here in August 2015. None
of the visiting squad from that day were involved just over seven years
later, but the Magpie manager was - Steve McClaren now back on
the Manchester United coaching staff.
Grounds and teams may come and go during our seasonal journey around the
nation, but echoes of the past remain strong when
visiting Old Trafford.
Be it the statues and clocks outside, the presence of Denis Law inside
or Megastore muppets posing with half-in-half scarves upside down, some
things apparently don't change in M16.
Today's game was preceded by yet another on-pitch ceremony involving Sir
Alex Ferguson, who would doubtless taken pride from the way the 2022
crop of Red Devils collectively confronted the referee during the second
half. One almost expected Denis Irwin on the shoulder of moaner-in-chief Ronaldo.
Thankfully though, the heartbreak of conceding a goal in Fergie time
wasn't part of our latest trip down memory lane - Marcus Rashford
heading wide of Nick Pope's goal deep into the 95th minute of play.
That heart-stopping late chance threatened to undo what few Newcastle
sides had done here in living memory: arrive in form, play without fear
and give the hosts an uncomfortable game, not part of one. For once we
didn't flatter to deceive and tail off before chucking away a point or
Despite the absence of Alexander Isak and Allan Saint-Maximin, the optimism among the travelling contingent was tangible; wagers of the
away win variety placed and reruns of Yohan Cabaye's 2013 winner
We've been here before of course though, physically and emotionally,
looking for every possible omen that today would be another "day" - be
home fans unhappy with their lot, home players participating in a
testing European game or Christian Eriksen failing to make the squad.
Magpies were counted, knowing nods, winks and shrugs exchanged in queues
and on stairs.
Not that it made any difference to the level of satisfaction (or the
hangover that followed it) even that solitary victory since 1972 was
achieved during the peak grumbling period that was the 10 month reign of
Today threatened to be different; a changing of the guard in Premier
League terms courtesy of our now-superior financial backing, referenced
by a twisty Jurgen Klopp with his "no ceiling" comment in the days
before this game.
There was to be no memorable moment though, no inspired finish or moment
of genuine quality. The nearest we'd come to that was when Kieran
Trippier's 24th minute free kick ploughed into the defensive wall and
his second go found the head of the unmarked Joelinton.
His first header rebounded back off the crossbar at the away end and
with David de Gea beaten and on his backside, when the rebound fell
straight to the same Newcastle player, history beckoned. Tragically
though, his second headed attempt flew back off the post of the
unguarded goal and out of play via a defender's deflection.
Other than one ball that fizzed across the six yard box but eluded Bruno
Guimaraes at the back post, the double rebound was the high point of a
first half that Newcastle dominated and the other United barely featured
The second half was closer; the hosts making and missing the majority of
the chances as our influence diminished. Before that Rashford miss, Fred
had looked a certain scorer from close range but scuffed his shot wide.
That would have been tough to take, even at this perennial theatre of broken dreams.
Having conceded 18 goals in our previous five games here though,
the clean sheet and the point that accompanied it were more than
welcome. And for there to be any tinge of frustration at full time
underscores the level to which expectations have grown round these
parts, and with some good reason. We sit sixth on 15 points after 10
games. That took us 21 games last season.
This was a long way from a landmark display; Wilson
and Almiron peripheral figures for the most part, Wood offering no more
than nuisance value. But if the passing of Murphy and Fraser lacked
genuine quality, what used to be called gumption was there in abundance.
That was characterised by Fabian Schar, who got in the way of everything
that moved and ran himself to a standstill. Mention also for the Dutch
master alongside him, an increasingly influential figure in the tightest
Premier League defence currently and yet to finish on the losing side
for his new club.
As we approach the anniversary of the long overdue jettisoning of
Steve Bruce, one defeat in ten games this season - a luckless loss at Anfield -
represents substantial progress on the field and renewed optimism off
it. Coming back here and kicking their arses can wait for another day.
It bears repeating that we currently possess the meanest defence in the
top flight - something that really is unheralded. Never mind that
though, we're still tickled by having a positive goal difference.
Those brought in by PIF to make their football vision a reality may
possess boundless confidence and contacts as they embark on their
"project" without any of the baggage long-term watchers possess.
Hopefully, the long-overdue process of banishing that collective
inferiority complex and the expectation that it will all go wrong is
underway - but that is something that has characterised our supporting
The mentality has to be that this was two points lost rather than one
gained - something that arises from confidence rather than arrogance.
Bobby Robson once said of Arsene Wenger that he needed to learn how to
lose; the opposite applies to our fanbase, but a willingness to do so
is certainly there.