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Season 2014-15
Manchester United (h) Premier League


In association 


Date: Wednesday 4th March 2015, 7.45pm.
Live on BT Sport

St. James' Park

Conditions: phlegmatic



Newcastle United


Manchester United

0 - 1




Half time: Magpies 0 Red Devils 0

89 mins Wayne Rooney charged down the right flank after a throw-in was wrongly awarded to the Reds but substitute Yoan Gouffran intervened in the area to apparently snuff out the threat.

Rather than clearing the danger or laying a pass off to the
adjacent Mike Williamson though, Mehdi Abeid's attempt to round off the play saw him blaze a ball straight at Krul from close range. 

He dealt with the low backpass by making a first-team clearance that tragically fell at the feet of
Ashley Young, who took a touch before driving home from 15 yards at the Leazes End.

The goal was the signal for a fair few home fans to leave their seats and flounce off into the night - an action that does nothing to redeem our fading reputation as supporters. It's hard though to disagree with their verdict; it should be no shock that a lack of care on the field and around SJP is reflecting by the fanbase. 0-1

Full  time: Magpies 0 Red Devils 1

We Said

John Carver:

"We don’t have the same ability as Manchester United – Manchester United have world class players – but we have matched them for 89 minutes
- i
t was so disappointing for the guys. 

"For 89 minutes we were outstanding 
and to concede the goal the way we did was disappointing. What is more disappointing is the penalty.

"It was an absolutely stonewall penalty but we don’t seem to get them, especially at St. James’ Park. We don’t get them at St. James’ Park.

"The referee only has one look at it and at the time my gut feeling was that it was a penalty, but he hasn’t given it – he’s a human being.

"I have seen it five or six times now and it is a penalty. We all know how important the first goal is in this league, it is a different game then.”

On the goal:


"I spoke to Jonas and I asked if it was our throw and he said absolutely. I am raging inside.

"It was a 100mph back pass. Mehdi Abeid should have dealt with it better. I will put no blame on Krul. He was fantastic all night.”

On the hockling:

"I am aware of the incident. The guys on TV made me aware. I just saw a fracas on the halfway line. I need to look it. It's one of the worst things in football

On Jonas:

"Putting Jonas on was a footballing decision not a sentimental decision. I was a bit concerned about Ryan
(Taylor) because he has not played at this level for a long time and was blowing so I asked Jonas if he could play there because he has done that on a number of occasions and he said 'absolutely'.

"Maybe I should have started him because, all of a sudden, the crowd came alive but it was great.

"Jonas has worked extremely hard behind the scenes. He has worked in the gym tirelessly hard, coming back from what he has came back from and having the opportunity to get on the pitch.

"It just shows how much the fans think of him because the roof nearly came off the stadium, which was nice."

Gutierrez told reporters:

"My first Newcastle game was against Man United and it was like a new debut for me. I'm really pleased to be back. I want to work hard, look for my moment, do it right and improve.

"From now until the end of the season I want to play as many minutes as I can."

"It was really emotional and really exciting. I was so emotional when I put my feet on the pitch. 

I've travelled a long way to get to this point and I really enjoyed it. I thank the fans for their support and also my team-mates. It was a great moment for me - I will remember for the rest of my life the reception. 

"I'm really happy with the reception and the support the fans gave me and the support through the illness.

"The support I have had from clubs all around the world, they don't matter about the shirt, it has helped me keep fighting. 

"For people having the trouble I have been through, you have to be positive. If you believe in the heart you can beat the problems, you can."

They Said

Louis van Gaal

"I think we have dominated for 90 minutes, maybe our best match of the season, especially in an away match we deserved the victory.

"We didn't reward ourselves in the first half. It was a narrow escape because our rivals have won also so it's a rat race.

"We have created a lot of chances and could have scored much earlier. They also made two big chances and I think David de Gea rescued us at that time.


"It was a crazy run from Wayne Rooney, a lost ball, that shows the fighting spirit in this team. We want to win. All my changes were to win, not to hold the result."

“When you lose points – and we have done that a lot of times in this competition – when you are the better team, then it is very disappointing. That’s also a big influence in the mental state of my team. But we rewarded ourselves at the end of the match in a fantastic moment because all the competitors have won also their games.

"Now we are still fourth, we have dominated the game in an away match, at a difficult ground, so everybody is full of confidence to play against Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals and that’s very important.

"I have said in the dressing room that I was very pleased with the performance, especially here, a difficult ground to win and how we have dominated the game.

"I had said already at half-time that I was very pleased with the performance, but we didn’t reward ourselves and you know in football when you don’t reward yourselves, you can come away with a negative result, and it could have been because David de Gea did make two fantastic saves. But I have to say Tim Krul did also.

"We have waited a long time for the winning goal, but it shows also again the fighting spirit of our team – that I have said already a lot of times – but for me, it was very important that we won today, and you see all the results of our competitors in our rat race together, so it shall continue.

"I am new here (in England) as a manager, but I was the manager of AZ Alkmaar and Barcelona, and I lost here as the coach of Barcelona and as the coach of AZ Alkmaar – but we won at home, so we were the better on goal average.

“But I lost here 3-2 with Barcelona, 3-1 with AZ Alkmaar, so I knew it was a difficult ground. Ryan Giggs also said, ‘They will press us, a lot of pressure, and the crowd supports the team always, but we made the crowd quiet, I believe, because we were dominating, and I was very pleased with this performance.

(Krul) also made remarkable saves, like David de Gea did. It’s football and we are all human beings – I have said that last week also. It’s like that. He was very disappointed, but he didn’t give me his hand!”



Our 42nd Premier League meeting with Manchester United saw them unable to improve on their record of five wins and twelve draws, meaning Bobby Charlton's favourites chalked up win #25.

his was the sixth time in 14 home league games this season that the Magpies conceded a goal after the 85th minute - with the consequence that we've tossed away eight points:

Manchester City 90+2 mins lost 0-2 (unchanged)
Crystal Palace 90+5 mins drew 3-3 (3 became 1)
mackems 90 mins lost 0-1 (1 became 0)
Burnley 86 mins drew 3-3 (3 became 1)
Stoke 90 mins drew 1-1 (3 became 1)
Manchester United 89 mins lost 0-1 (1 became 0)

Jonas Gutierrez made his 196th competitive first team appearance for the club - seventeen months after the 195th (away at Cardiff in October 2013).

Ryan Taylor has now played 245 minutes of first team football over six games this season - and United are still to concede a goal during that period.

The Magpies have now failed to find the net against the Red Devils on Tyneside since January 2012, when Phil Jones put through his own goal in the last minute. That barren run now stretches to 270 minutes.

Emmanuel Riviere made his 16th appearance in the Premier League for United (ninth start) and has failed to score in 759 minutes in that competition.

As a comparison, Luuk De Jong managed 12 scoreless appearances last season (8 starts) totalling 583 minutes.

New boss - first ten games (all competitions):

4 defeats, 1 draw, 5 wins
4 defeats, 0 draws, 6 wins
4 defeats, 1 draw, 5 wins
1 defeat, 2 draws, 7 wins
3 defeats, 1 draw, 6 wins
3 defeats, 2 draws, 5 wins
6 defeats, 3 draws, 1 win
5 defeats, 3 draws, 2 wins
4 defeats, 3 draws, 3 wins
5 defeats, 3 draws, 2 wins

(We've gone with new managers in the top flight for 10 games or more when compiling the above list, meaning that the likes of Keegan's first reign and Hughton miss out).

Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:

2014/15 lost 0-1
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 lost 0-3
2011/12 won 3-0 Ba, Cabaye, OG (Jones)
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, OG (Brown)
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola, Ferdinand, Shearer, Albert
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole

Full record against Manchester United:

  P W D L F A
SJP 76 30 17 29 138 118
OT 76 10 20 46 82 170
League 152 40 37 75 220 288
SJP(FA) 1 0 0 1 2 3
OT/W/MS 3 0 0 3 1 7
SJP(LC) 1 1 0 0 2 0
OT 2 0 0 2 3 9
Cup 7 1 0 6 8 19
OT/W(CS) 2 0 0 2 2 8
Tot 159 41 37 81 228 307





A last minute goal prompted by some defensive turmoil left Newcastle with nothing to show for their efforts at St. James' Park on Wednesday - but events in the game may yet prove to be more significant to our ultimate fate this season than tonight's scoreline. 

What initially appeared to be nothing more than a clumsy coming together in the centre circle between Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans in the 38th minute became rather more serious when it emerged that TV cameras had captured both players spitting at each other.

Footage then emerged that the visiting defender had spat in the vicinity of Emmanuel Riviere earlier in the first half, after the Magpie was sent flying by Chris Smalling's illegal block inside the

Referee Anthony Taylor took no action but amid a chorus of condemnation from pundits, the FA reviewed video evidence and charged both players -
at risk of an extended ban following the three match sanction imposed for his elbow on Everton's Seamus Coleman back in December.

Given that
the man from Senegal has been almost a one man forward line this season, the prospect of his absence for a sizeable chunk of the remaining ten games this season is yet another body blow for our threadbare squad and their utopian ambition of defying logic and securing a top ten finish.

The spit
marred what was an evenly poised encounter, the Red Devils ahead in possession but unable to find a way past Tim Krul until the final seconds. Newcastle's forward excursions were far rarer - but Cisse and Riviere both had two glaring opportunities to put their side ahead. 

Riviere was upended by Smalling in the tenth minute and although the Frenchman was
on his way down, it looked a clear foul. Referee Taylor have been partially unsighted, but the linesman in front of the East Stand had no excuse for taking heed of the vociferous appeals.

or any conspiracy theorists, the flag waver was Peter Kirkup - who took a tumble on the opposite touchline during the Spurs home game back in August 2012, after Alan Pardew shoved him. 

The visitors had already wasted an early opportunity when Mehdi Abeid gave the ball away and Angel Di Maria was left clear on goal but thankfully delayed his shot long enough for Fabricio Coloccini to force him wide.

Wayne Rooney should have done better midway through the first period when Young's heavy touch put him in the clear but as Krul rushed out to save,
Shrek shot
wide. Minutes later Coloccini tripped over his own feet and let in Di Maria again but he thankfully failed to pick out Rooney in the middle.

Krul beat away a header from Marouane Fellaini as half-time approached but Moussa Sissoko broke from halfway and played the perfect ball for Riviere but the forward failed to get a shot away as David De Gea smothered.

The second period got off to a lively start with Marcos Rojo firing narrowly over the bar but Riviere should have netted when Coloccini headed the ball into his path
. However
a weak finish from two yards out allowed De Gea to claw the ball away, the Newcastle man merely letting the ball hit him.

Krul then made a fantastic double
in the 55th minute to deny Fellaini and Young in quick succession before a linesman's flag saw an effort from the livewire Rooney chalked off. 

Riviere made way for Ayoze Perez as
John Carver tried to boost his side's attacking presence. For the opposition, Riviere's former Monaco colleague Radamel Falco remained rooted to the bench.

The biggest cheer of the night
came when Gutierrez replaced Ryan Taylor to a standing ovation, Jonas receiving deafening applause as he took to the field and received the captain's armband from his compatriot Coloccini. It was a wonderful moment as he returned following recovery from testicular cancer, although Jonas was swiftly booked for fouling Adnan Januzaj with his first tackle.
The chance of the night for Newcastle then arrived on 68 minutes after Perez robbed Ander Herrera in midfield before setting Cisse away, only for the striker to scuff his effort wide of the goal. Had that gone in, then perhaps tonight would have ended with another notable Gallowgate scalp to go alongside Chelsea and Liverpool - but our allocation of seasonal good fortune may be exhausted.

Krul made another fine save from Rooney's downward header but it was the Dutch 'keeper's error that presented Young with an open goal in the final minute to decide a contest that was seemingly destined for nowts apiece. Cisse then forced a fine save from De Gea after Moussa Sissoko powered upfield and swung over a cross from the right and the number nine headed powerfully towards goal.

Abeid screwed a shot well wide and that proved to be the final action as Taylor blew for full-time as Louis van Gaal's side departed occupying fourth spot with maximum points. We meanwhile remain marooned in eleventh for the seventh successive game with 35 points from 28 games.

The football may no longer rouse us from our slumbers, but an exhibition of character and bravery from Jonas prompted caused people to find their voices in tribute. Stepping back from the human element though, the fact that a boost comes from the return of a player declared surplus to requirements and farmed out to Norwich City two seasons ago neatly encapsulates our decline. 

Sammy looked like he was recovering from his efforts against Villa, while Abeid seemed to suffer from stage fright and Obertan didn't look to relish the chance of facing his former employers - unless that hideous caricature on the programme cover upset him. Of Riviere we can only repeat our previous assertion that he doesn't look like a £6m player.....because he's not one.

Yes there have been injuries (four knee knacks and a collapsed lung sounds like the new Hugh Grant film) and a steady stream of players hitting form have promptly bowed out (Aarons, Abeid, Obertan, Cabella) but there comes a point when fitness issues cease to be misfortunes and become self-inflicted.

Anyone with more than a passing interest in this club could reel off examples of tempting fate in squad terms - and being found out. Our latest manifestation of magpie myopia saw Davide Santon regain fitness and then be packed off to Italy with one left back injured and a similar fate quickly befalling the other one. Paper talk now suggests a free agent signing as cover - maybe Shefki Kuqi could be shoe-horned into that berth?

Doing his level best to play there tonight was Ryan Taylor, but he was found wanting for pace on a few occasions and forced to deploy some of his "experience" to slow down opponents. 

Overshadowing all of these gripes though was the shameful conduct of the man wearing the black and white number nine shirt. Cisse deserves a massive ban not only for the cowardly act of spitting at Evans rather than sticking one on him, but also for the insincere apology delivered barely three months ago after elbowing an opponent that he trotted out once again in the wake of this incident. 

This was a classless act from the representative of a classless club, but don't fall into the trap of talking about role models and trotting out any "think of the children" lines. Along with leaders and heroes, they mostly exist in history books round these parts, not the home dressing room.

His second self-imposed absence of 2015 leaves us embarrassingly short up front, with the situation so desperate that rumours of Facundo Ferreyra appearing have even circulated - that should get the crowds back to SJP, albeit in a 'I can't believe they paid money for that' style. Re-signing Xisco would be preferable. 

Does anyone actually care anymore though and would a 0-0 draw have produced yet more reams of unwarranted praise for our "achievement" in doing so? Despite being eight points behind last season's total at this point, even a catastrophic collapse would seem insufficient to leave us in the bottom three. 

In an average league though, we're the most faceless, bland and downbeat of sides - not worth crossing the road to watch as they fade to obscurity exactly as they did 12 months ago. And that's at the behest of those in charge, opting to leave the squad and coach to muddle through.

"Local Hero" is now sadly inappropriate to welcome this bunch, "Let's Go Round Again" by the Average (Black and) White Band would seem more appropriate. 


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