Steve McClaren picked out three Newcastle players as making the difference between a draw and defeat at Old Trafford.

The United Head Coach thought Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul were ‘excellent…immaculate’ as they helped their team pick up the first clean sheet of the season.

A defence that had looked certain to concede after some terrible defending in the opening matches against Southampton and Swansea. instead looked pretty comfortable for much of the 90 minutes.

As McClaren points out, the first 20 minutes saw constant pressure but that wasn’t the fault of the back four who were given little protection by the players in front of them.

However, some great blocks and a decent dose of composure for once, helped repel the red devils, and after that opening spell Newcastle gave as good as they got.

Predictably the last 10 minutes saw the home side on a bit of a charge but Tim Krul was equal to the one really good chance that fell to Hernandez.

Whilst Coloccini saved the day after his own poor clearance only reached the edge of the box, the Newcastle Captain deflecting the shot just wide of the post.

Steve McClaren:

“I think you saw out there that Coloccini was the leader – but from one to 11 and the subs as well, you have to defend well and do your job.

“Concentration is the key thing because I have been there when you lose it, then you lose the game at the end.”


“We kept our focus and could have won it at the end I thought Colo, Taylor and Tim Krul were excellent…immaculate.

“They kept us in the game in the first 20 minutes and the last 10 minutes, you have to defend well and they showed us their experience.”