Newcastle Outplay Manchester United at Old Trafford
I'm delighted, amazed, chuffed, ecstatic and the headline reflects my emotions. My beloved Newcastle outplayed the domestic and European champions on their own park.
It was one of the best displays by Keegan's troops and was a far cry from the crap Allardyce left us with in January.
We'll hear the usual excuses from Old Trafford, no Ronaldo, no Tevez and a half fit Rooney meant a blunt United attack lined up but Newcastle were hardly in great shape either. No Owen or Viduka, Martins is our only recognised striker and boy did he deliver.
His powerful header on 22 minutes after a sensational leap gave Newcastle a rare lead away from home yet we couldn't just hold on. Yet I firmly believe if Steven Taylor had been on the pitch when Fletcher netted then we could be celebrating a famous win.
His absence was crucial as Giggs flighted the ball into Taylor's would be position and the Scotsman duly obliged and beat the brilliant Given. Many expected a complete avalanche to follow but with Taylor back on the field and debut boy Coloccini excelling there was no chance.
Although Given had to make a smart double save from Rooney then Scholes as the Irishman was equal to everything thrown at him. His save from Frazier Campbell in just the seventh minute is a contender for save of the season and he would go to deny Rooney once more in the second half.
King Kev was bouyant and enthusiastic in his pre match press conference and this rubbed off on his players as they began brightly. It wasn't easy having to see "More Goals Please" emblazened into the Manchester crowd and from my point of view it was a complete display of arrogance from the champions.
They underestimated us and Jonas Gutuirez along with Danny Guthrie had cracking games, the former constantly caused the United rearguard problems are evoked memories of a certain Laurent Robert, only this Robert was prepared to defend. His pace frightened United so much, the great Vidic could only rugby tackle the Argentine when he beared through on goal.
Guthrie and Butt dominated the centre of the park to the extent Scholes was hardly heard from. They weren't helped by Geordie Michael Carrick's early withdrawal but Newcastlw weren't fazed. Coloccini played out of his skin and gave Rooney no chances all day.
And what really frustrates me about the Manchester frontman is whenever something goes against him, he throws the toys out of the pram. He nearly killed Gutuirez and was a constant moan to Mike Riley.
Get over it Rooney, you played crap! Coloccini had you in his back pocket, grow up and show your potential we all know you have.
But let's finish on Newcastle, they shove that cocky sign up United's you know what, especially Given with four top drawer saves. We turned in a great performance and stunned the doubters who thought we'd struggle. We might still but after seeing that display we could be on for Europe.
Newcastle earned that point, United didn't give it to them.
Howay the Lads!
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