United held by McClaren’s Magpies

Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Steve McClaren's Newcastle at Old Trafford in Saturday's lunchtime Premier League clash.

  • Manchester United 0 Newcastle 0
  • Schweinsteiger makes full debut
  • Rooney sees goal ruled out
  • Mitrovic hits bar for visitors
  • Krul foils Hernandez late on
  • Smalling hits post in 90th minute

Match Summary

Louis van Gaal's side were dominant for long spells of the game but couldn't break down a stern Newcastle defence.

Wayne Rooney saw his early effort chalked off after the striker was ruled to be offside, before Aleksandar Mitrovic rattled the bar at the opposite end for the visitors shortly after.

United should really won the game late on after a flurry of chances for Javier Hernandez, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling – but Steve McLaren's side stood firm to claim their first away point in the Premier League since February.

Full Report

United flew out of the traps and skipper Rooney thought he had opened the scoring after just three minutes as he burst through the Newcastle defence – but was rightfully ruled fractionally offside by the assistant referee.

The hosts continued throw caution to the win but the Newcastle defence stood firm as the Old Trafford crowd roared Louis van Gaal's side forward in the opening exchanges.

The visitors weathered the early United storm, but it was hosts who were lucky to be level on 24 minutes after striker Mitrovic struck the bar with a thumping header from a Chancel Mbemba cross.

It was again the visitors who threatened just before the half-hour as Ayoze Perez shot from long range, only for Sergio Romero to watch it flash narrowly wide.

The second half continued in very much the same vein with the hosts frustrated by McClaren's side.

With 20 minutes remaining United started to pepper the Newcastle goal, firstly through Mata who blazed a close-range volley over the bar after a clever dinked crossed from Rooney.

Then, Hernandez should really have won the game for United with 10 minutes to go after the ball fell to the Mexican just five yards out but Tim Krul pulled off a terrific block.

Smalling had another opportunity to claim a late victory but saw his header cannon back off the post, Newcastle then broke and almost snatched an unlikely win after Florian Thauvin was inches away from connecting with a scuffed Papiss Cisse shot before referee Craig Pawson brought the game to a close.

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