After the final whistle last night, Steve McClaren still couldn’t believe the latest penalty decision that had gone against Newcastle.
The ball striking Chancel Mbemba on the arm but the defender not even looking at the ball when it hit him.
However, after that early blow, the United Head Coach thinks that Newcastle’s fight back meant they deserved to take a share of the points in the eventual 3-3 draw, pointing to the fact that the home side ended up with more possession.
Taking into account that Newcastle had more corners, more shots and more shots on target, it would have been very harsh on NUFC if they’d ended up with nothing from the game.
Hard to disagree with a lot of what Steve McClaren said but he did stray yet again into the delusional.
The United boss claiming that from the very start of the season, his team have ‘shown that character, attitude and quality’.
Sorry Steve, but if Newcastle had played all season like they did last night, they wouldn’t be in the relegation zone.
West Ham moved above Manchester United after an impressive 3-1 win at Bournemouth and arguably Newcastle may have to play even better than last last, if they are to get anything from Saturday’s match.
“We said before the game – night game, Manchester United, fifty two thousand people, it’s on TV – let’s at the end of the night show what we are all about here at Newcastle.
“How from the beginning of the season we have shown that character, attitude and quality.
“They have shown everything tonight, everything. Started the game well and we have actually had more possession than Manchester United.
“We have played from the back, we have created chances, we have gone behind, we have come back and I think we deserve to be equal at the end.
“Can’t believe it (Man Utd’s penalty), the first goal against top four teams – absolutely vital. When nobody appealed and everybody walked away, whatever it was…we couldn’t believe it was a penalty. I saw it down the tunnel and quickly again, I couldn’t believe it.
“The second half though was a real classic, end to end.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Possession was 54% Newcastle and 46% Man Utd
Total shots was 14 for Newcastle and Man Utd 12
Shots on target was Newcastle 6 and Man Utd 4
While corners was Newcastle 5 and Man Utd 3
Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Colback (Gouffran 81), Tiote (Toney 85), Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez (de Jong 90+2), Mitrovic
Unused Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Lascelles, Marveaux
Ref: Mike Dean
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