Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle Utd (22.08.2015) Live Commentary

All in all that was an entertaining game of football thanks to some decent attacking play. The hosts looked more lively and played better football. The tactic of the home side was slow build-up play. The away team’s main priority was a flawless defence.
That’s all for today because the game is over.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
Michael Carrick (Manchester United) reacts well to get to the rebound and takes a shot from the edge of the box. He doesn’t manage to get the ball through the players standing between him and the goal. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Manchester United will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence.
Excellent touch by Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd)! He latches on to a precious pass on the edge of the box and produces a shot goalwards which goes way wide of the left post.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) prepares to take a corner kick. A cross arrives to the goal-mouth from the resulting corner kick and Chris Smalling (Manchester United) outjumps the defence to finish with a header, but his promising attempt bounces away off the right post.
There will be a minimum of 4 min. of added time.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) attempts to find one of his teammates with a fine lofted pass, but the defence reacts well to intercept the effort. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester United have been awarded a corner kick.
Manchester United control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
Aleksandar Mitrovic comes off the pitch to be replaced by Papiss Cisse (Newcastle Utd).
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
Mata (Manchester United) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence. The referee signals for a corner kick, Manchester United are awarded.
Antonio Valencia (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. Manchester United will take a corner kick.
Manchester United enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
Chicharito (Manchester United) picks up the rebound and shoots. The goalkeeper was ready and denies his effort with a fine save.
Mata (Manchester United) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender.
Michael Carrick (Manchester United) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. The Manchester United players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
Steve McClaren has decided to make a change. Cheik Tiote (Newcastle Utd) replaces Ayoze Perez.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) is coming onto the pitch as Matteo Darmian cannot continue after picking up an injury.
Massadio Haidara (Newcastle Utd) aims a cross from the side into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates, but he fails, and the situation doesn’t bear fruit.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) sees an opportunity to score and unleashes a powerful first-time strike from the edge of the box. Tim Krul (Newcastle Utd) has a clear vision of the shot and pulls off a great save to block the effort.
Juan Manuel Mata (Manchester United) got the ball in the six-yard box and produced a projectile, but one of his teammates was standing in the wrong place and the ball glanced off him away.
A crossfield pass from Memphis Depay (Manchester United) lacked more accuracy, and the opponent gains possession.
Mata (Manchester United) latches onto a brilliant cross and fires the ball towards goal, but his shot goes high over the crossbar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Newcastle Utd.
Sergio Romero leaps up to intercept the corner kick from Florian Thauvin (Newcastle Utd).
Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle Utd) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat. The assistant referee makes a right call and Newcastle Utd will have a corner.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) is yellow-carded for breaking the rules of the game.
Steve McClaren has decided to substitute Gabriel Obertan and he is replaced by Florian Thauvin (Newcastle Utd).
The Manchester United players are in a nice combination. They show their ability to keep the ball possession, sending it precisely from one to another, but now the final pass is intercepted.
Substitution. Adnan Januzaj did his best and is replaced by Chicharito (Manchester United).
Craig Pawson interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Memphis Depay (Manchester United).
Mata (Manchester United) takes the corner but it has been cleared.
Wow, what an escape. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) has an effort from inside the box but it’s brilliantly blocked. Now Manchester United with a corner.
Mata (Manchester United) takes the corner which is cleared.
Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) attempts to find his teammate with a final pass from outside of the box, but one of the defenders clears the ball to safety. Manchester United force a corner. They send men into the box.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. The ball goes out for a corner. Manchester United can continue in their attacking effort.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Bastian Schweinsteiger departs the field of play to be replaced by Michael Carrick (Manchester United).
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
The booking goes for Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle Utd).
The Newcastle Utd players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Chris Smalling (Manchester United) is adjudged offside.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle Utd) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
Massadio Haidara (Newcastle Utd) sees an unmarked teammate and attempts to send a low pass onto him. However, one of the defenders reads the game perfectly and averts the danger. Newcastle Utd get a corner.
Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle Utd) sends a cross into the box, but Sergio Romero (Manchester United) comes off his line to gather the ball.
The resulting corner from Memphis Depay (Manchester United) is unsuccessful.
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. Manchester United forced their opponent to concede a corner.
Flag goes up against Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle Utd). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) tackles a bit over-zealously. Craig Pawson blows for a foul.
The game restarts for the second half.
Let’s hope the players will show us more in the second half as the first one has been rather ordinary, without a plenty of goalscoring opportunities. The home side is dominant and dictates the tempo of the game, mainly because of their higher activity and more accurate passing. The home players have grown confidence to string together more passes and to keep the ball on their feet. The visiting side rely on their defence and counter-attacks.
That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their dressing rooms.
Newcastle Utd seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
We will have 1 min. of added time.
Mata (Manchester United) sprays a pass out to Memphis Depay, but he can’t beat his man inside the box.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle Utd) breaks past challenges, but puts too much pace on his pass to Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle Utd).
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) is trying to put the rebound into the net from the edge of the box, but the goalkeeper pulls off a good save to deny his effort. Newcastle Utd have been awarded a corner kick.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
Massadio Haidara (Newcastle Utd) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away. The ball is out-of-play and Newcastle Utd manage to earn a corner.
Chris Smalling (Manchester United) is penalised for holding. Craig Pawson signals for a set piece.
Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
Manchester United are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle Utd) found himself behind the opposition’s defence, and the game is interrupted due to offside.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) fails to pick a body out in the box with a over-hit cross to the back post.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) creates a yard of space for himself and tries an effort from distance, but it is blocked.
Manchester United are passing the ball across the pitch and keep possession. However, the opponent intercepts one pass, and the situation changes.
Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle Utd) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle Utd) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat. The ball goes out-of-play. Newcastle Utd are awarded a corner kick.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) attempts to scoop the ball into the box through the defence, but one of the defending players produces a timely intervention.
What a chance that is! Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle Utd) leaps high to meet a lofted pass inside the six-yard box, but his header crashes off the crossbar!
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) goes on a mazy run, skips past two defenders and pulls the trigger in front of the keeper. Tim Krul (Newcastle Utd) makes a decent save to deny his effort directed to the bottom left corner.
Massadio Haidara (Newcastle Utd) receives a yellow card.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle Utd) floats the free kick into the box, but the delivery is easily cleared by the first man.
Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) is given fully deserved yellow card.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
A neat pass is well received by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), who is lurking on the edge of the box and strikes the ball on goal. The goalkeeper makes a decent save to block his shot.
The resulting corner, taken by Memphis Depay (Manchester United), comes to nothing.
Mata (Manchester United) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the bottom right corner. Tim Krul guessed his intentions and denied the effort with a fine save. Manchester United earn a corner.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) launches an inaccurate corner kick into the penalty area.
Mata (Manchester United) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Manchester United are going to take it.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out. The referee points to the corner flag. Manchester United are given a corner.
Juan Manuel Mata (Manchester United) controls the ball from the free kick on the edge of the box and releases a strike which could have ended in the right side of the goal, if it hadn’t been stopped with a magnificent save by Tim Krul (Newcastle Utd).
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) commits a foul after bringing down his opponent with a slide tackle. Manchester United win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United) was trying to get to the ball but hit the legs of the opponent as well. Craig Pawson blows the whistle for infingement.
Manchester United just stroking the ball across the park now, but the defence is doing very well breaking up their possession.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) produces a long-range cannon of a shot after a nice pass. The ball goes low in the direction of the middle of the goal, but it is easily stopped by a save from Tim Krul (Newcastle Utd), and the score doesn’t change.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) has a goal ruled out for offside!
Mata (Manchester United) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
Neat passing move from Manchester United in order to create new attacking opportunities.
The match has just begun.
Newcastle Utd will kick the game off.
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