Wednesday, August 20, 2008

United 1 - 1 Newcastle

Manchester United made an unconvincing start to the defence of their Premier League title as they were held al Old Trafford by an impressive Newcastle.

The hosts were denied a penalty when James Milner appeared to handle, but Newcastle took a first-half lead when Obafemi Martins powered home a header.

United levelled only two minutes later when Darren Fletcher converted Ryan Giggs' left-wing cross.

Nemanja Vidic headed against the bar, but Newcastle fully deserved a point.

His side's preparations were hit by the absence of striker Carlos Tevez, who flew home to Argentina following a family bereavement.

"We played well in the first half, and their goalkeeper made several good saves to keep them in the match. We had possession of the ball but didn't make it count at times - but in light of the people we had missing, it was a creditable result for us." Said Sir Alex Ferguson after the match

Line-ups: Van der Sar, Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick (O'Shea 25), Scholes, Giggs (Possebon 63), Campbell (Rafael Da Silva 80), Rooney.

Booked: Campbell, Brown, Rooney.

Goals: Fletcher 24.

Attendance: 75,512

Ref: Mike Riley.

Man of the Match: Shay Given. 

You can see the entire note of this match, in this link.

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