Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 1   Wednesday 4 March 7.45pm

It was bad enough being at St. James’ Park tonight supporting either team, never mind any poor neutrals who wandered in here expecting to see a match from the ‘greatest show on earth’.

Or should that be the greatest sham in history – is this really what TV companies have paid over £5bn to broadcast in the UK for the three years starting after next summer?

I hadn’t taken much notice of Manchester United this season but couldn’t believe three things:

They are nearly as boring as Newcastle are at the minute.

Their new signings are incapable of running with, or passing, the ball forward .

£60m signing Angel Di Maris is surely the worst signing in the history of the Premier League.

As for the match highlights?

Well apart from the alleged spitting incident between Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse

Newcastle should probably have had a penalty when Smalling appeared to take out Riviere, while Wayne Rooney was easily the most dangerous player on the pitch but was asked to do a sole role up front for the visitors.

He was always treading a fine offside line but came close on a number of occasions and was probably comfortably the best outfield player on the pitch.

At the other end, both Riviere and Cisse found themselves going close on a couple of occasions but always seemed to be just reaching for the ball. A late Cisse header almost earned a draw but David De Gea was equal to it.

Otherwise it was one of those matches where other things will be talked about ahead of the actual football. Ryan Taylor came through over an hour of football on his latest comeback trail, while the biggest cheers of the day came when Jonas Gutierrez made his much anticipated return to the pitch.

The match was decided when with no goals looking nailed on, Tim Krul ruined an otherwise excellent display by gifting the ball to Ashley Young in the eighteen yard box.

At that moment he gifted both the match to Man Utd AND the man of the match to his counterpart David De Gea.

Full match report to follow.

Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Ryan Taylor (Gutierrez 65), Abeid, Sissoko, Obertan, Riviere (Perez 59), Ameobi (Gouffran 81), Cisse

Unused Subs: Woodman, Armstrong, Anita, Satka

Ref: Anthony Taylor

Crowd: 49,801 (3,000 Man Utd)

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  • bill black

    A player gets cancer and Ashley throws him out without a word, then gets rid of 7 players and when the player recovers but is way off the pace he brings him back in the team as a P.R Job as the gate numbers are dropping. This is a SICK CLUB WITH ASHLEY RUNNING IT.

  • macandmarge

    bill black Agreed

  • Nicolaus Copernicus

    So Ashley makes the substitutions now ..

  • Steve1221

    bill black Only 101,000 fans through the gates this week, numbers are really dropping!!!
    Just last week there was an article on here stating how much of a disgrace it was that Jonas was fit yet wasn’t getting a game, now when he does play the club is sick. You’re right he was off the pace but Taylor clearly wasn’t ready for 90 minutes, we had no other option and it gave the team a temporary boost.

  • Brownale69

    What is the point of Ameobi and Obertan total waste of space

  • bill black

    The tv showing many empty seat in Man u game !. Jonas at his best was like Gibbs was many years ago not good to watch but the players loved him because he did the most work but time and illness appears to of took its toll. I wanted the club to support him in his illness and not to use him to make it look as if the fans are right behind the club to those watching around the world.

  • bill black

    Nicolaus Copernicus  YES. When it suits and loans 5 to Rangers shall I go on.

  • SGM

    49 K is remarkable for a mid-week, evening game even if it is the Mancs. My family travel over 200Miles to watch toon, but not mid-week. Hundreds of others do the same.

  • toonmad1956

    Agree with most of what you said Joe but why are you blaming Tim Krul for the goal? No player should attempt to pass to a goalkeeper in that situation. He just wasn’t expecting it. The ball should have been cleared upfield – problem solved.

  • ILEYLISLEY

    Brownale69 Ameobi is naturally  an attacking player but was too busy trying to protect Ryan Taylor last night. I thought he worked really hard,especially in the first half.

  • ILEYLISLEY

    Steve1221 bill black Taylor and Guti are 2 of the best respected good guys in the game who have both fought back from serious injury/illness but neither are now good enough to be thrown in at left back against one of the better teams in the league. Sadly it is a reflection on our paper thin squad and ludicrous transfer policy. On the attendance front, watching on TV there were gaps all over the ground. Was there really 49,000 there ?

  • amacdee

    ILEYLISLEY 
    Now where did we put that other left back we had ? Must be here somewhere !