Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle Utd (26.12.2014) Live Commentary

We have been witnesses to an ordinary game without many stirring situations. There is a space for improvement in other games. Great display from home side, you have to say that they were the better side today. Players of the home team presented themselves with possession football. Long balls and crosses were the strongest weapons of the away team.
Nothing more will happen in this game because it is over.
Manchester United are playing an excellent possession football by exchanging some long passes at the moment.
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) attempts to find Papiss Cisse, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
4 additional min. will be played.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) sprays a pass out to Mata, but he can’t beat his man inside the box.
Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle Utd) is given a yellow card.
62:38 – the statistic of possession.
Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd) keeps his cool and fires the penalty home, curling the ball into the top right corner! A well-placed shot!
Phil Jones (Manchester United) didn’t hesitate to knock his opponent down with a harsh sliding tackle. Mike Jones could probably show him a yellow, but he only goes with blowing the whistle for a foul. The referee makes a call and blows his whistle for infringement. Newcastle Utd are awarded a penalty.
Mata (Manchester United) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear.
Mata (Manchester United) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts. Manchester United have a corner.
Rafael (Manchester United) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. The ball goes behind for a corner. Manchester United will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Alan Pardew has decided to make a change. Haris Vuckic (Newcastle Utd) replaces Ayoze Perez.
Steven Taylor (Newcastle Utd) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross from the resultant free kick deep inside the box and glances a header goalwards which is not accurate and goes narrowly over the bar.
The resulting corner from Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) is cleared.
The referee signals a substitution. Rafael (Manchester United) is brought on as a substitute for Antonio Valencia.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) produced a promising shot after his wonderful solo run, but David de Gea thwarted his effort, which went to the bottom right corner, with a fabulous save. The main referee points to the corner flag, Newcastle Utd will take a corner.
Mata (Manchester United) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence.
9:8 – this is the total number of shots produced by both teams.
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Manchester United.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) is caught offside by the linesman and it looks like it is the right decision despite being a very close one.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) commits a rough foul. Mike Jones stops the game and makes a call.
The Manchester United players are exchanging some short passes.
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Yellow card goes for Robin van Persie (Manchester United).
Louis van Gaal prepares a substitution. Falcao is replaced by James Wilson (Manchester United).
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) finds himself in an offside position and the referee stops play after the linesman raises his flag.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester United are awarded a corner kick.
Substitution. Adam Armstrong is replaced by Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd).
Alan Pardew decides to make a substitution. Paul Dummett is going off the pitch and Remy Cabella (Newcastle Utd) is coming on.
Close! Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) stands over the resulting free kick from around 19 metres out and his shot goes just over the crossbar.
Here comes a substitution. Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) is brought on as a substitute for Michael Carrick.
The yellow card is received by Steven Taylor (Newcastle Utd).
Steven Taylor (Newcastle Utd) brings an opponent down and Mike Jones interrupts the game. Manchester United have a free kick from a promising distance.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) received a pass inside the box, sent a dangerous shot on goal, but celebration has been thwarted by one of the defenders who stepped in and blocked his effort. It’s hard to say whether the keeper would have been there.
What a close effort by Adam Armstrong (Newcastle Utd) who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes inches wide of the right post.
Paddy McNair (Manchester United) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge, and Mike Jones is left with no other option than to blow for a foul.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) does his best to catch the ball into the box from a cross, but he isn’t successful.
A perfect lofted pass from Wayne Rooney finds Robin van Persie (Manchester United), who jumps highest and steers a close-range header straight into the bottom right corner. His effort was both strong and precise, and Jak Alnwick had no chance of stopping that. 3:0.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and to avert the threat.
Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle Utd) was too aggressive in his challenge. The referee blows his whistle.
Manchester United are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
The whistle blows and Mike Jones starts the second half.
We can hope that the managers will be able to motivate the players and stir them to improve their performance for after the half-time break. We haven’t seen really exciting football in the previous 45 minutes. The hosts mostly control the match and make it pretty difficult for the opponent to keep pace. The home side attempt to hold onto the ball for as long as possible. The away team, on the other hand, plays long-ball football.
That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their dressing rooms.
Fourth official shows 1 min. of added time.
A promising cross into the box is nearly received by lurking Mata (Manchester United). One of the defending players cuts out the effort to avert the threat. The ball has crossed the sideline. Manchester United are taking a throw-in.
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
Newcastle Utd show off their ball keeping skills as they’re exchanging one-two passes and that is only interrupted when the final pass is intercepted.
Mata (Manchester United) passes the ball from the edge of the box in order to find his teammate, who is in a good scoring position, but the defender blocks the pass and spanks the ball to safety.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) takes the ball, nicely zig-zags through the defence, but his low drive to the middle of the goal was perfectly denied by Jak Alnwick (Newcastle Utd).
The Manchester United players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
Goal! After receiving a sweet pass, Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) unleashes a shot which goes straight into the bottom left corner. Good team effort!
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) clips a neat ball into the box in the direction of Robin van Persie (Manchester United), but he can’t get on the end of a pass.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) passes the ball onto Adam Armstrong (Newcastle Utd), but one of the defenders dispossesses him.
The resulting corner from Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) is unsuccessful.
The free kick is taken by Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd), but the delivery is cleared. The ball is out-of-play. Newcastle Utd will have a chance to score from a corner.
Rough tackle by Phil Jones (Manchester United). The referee blows his whistle for a foul. Newcastle Utd earn a free kick.
Michael Carrick (Manchester United) attempted to create a dangerous situation in front of the goal by putting a cross into the box, but the outcome differed from his intention, and no danger occurred.
Mike Jones blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) is said to have used excessive force while attacking.
Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle Utd) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
The goalkeeper punched the ball away after Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) took the corner.
Newcastle Utd keep the ball well and push forward with purpose, but here comes an interception from the opposition. The assistant referee makes a right call and Newcastle Utd will have a corner.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it.
Flag goes up against Adam Armstrong (Newcastle Utd). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
Goal! Falcao passes the ball to the feet of Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), who has an empty net in front of him and has no problems in tapping the ball in. 1:0.
Falcao finds some space and receives a very precise long pass from Mata (Manchester United).
A lofted cross from Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
Ashley Young sends a terrific cross into the box. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) gets on the end of it but his header from the centre of the box goes just wide of the right post.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) with the corner, but it is intercepted by the defender.
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) produces a ferocious strike from the edge of the box. His dangerous effort, directed under the roof, is blocked by David de Gea who pulls off a superb save to keep the ball out of the net. Good work from Newcastle Utd as they win a corner.
Manchester United hold the ball and are exchanging some long passes.
Close! Robin van Persie (Manchester United) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the left post.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
The resulting corner from Mata (Manchester United) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
Attempted cross from Ashley Young (Manchester United) is cleared. The referee points to the corner flag. Manchester United are given a corner.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) manages to beat his opponent to the ball, but he commits a foul in the process.
Falcao (Manchester United) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort.
Long pass, produced by Phil Jones (Manchester United), missed precision to reach his teammates.
The ball is cleared after Ashley Young (Manchester United) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Jak Alnwick steps in and intercepts a long pass from Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Adam Armstrong (Newcastle Utd) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
A great teamplay by Manchester United as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
The match has just begun.
The Manchester United players will kick-off.
The referee of today’s match will be Mike Jones.
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