Highlights of this afternoon’s game between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James’ Park (more highlights below).
Someone did say once (not Einstein as is commonly thought) that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but each time expecting a different result. However, Alan Pardew doesn’t seem to be familiar with this particular expression. Hence the same old story played itself out once again at St James’ Park this afternoon, ie Alan Pardew persisting with setting up the team in a shape which was all wrong from the kick off, realising he’s made the same mistake some way into the game when the Magpies were two goals down thanks to set piece goals from Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra. With the usual inevitability, he then changed it around to the way it should have been in the first place and watched the team improve immeasurably.
By around the 18-19 minutes into the game when the Red Devils were already two goals up and a shellshocked Silver Supremo switched from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 formation, Manchester United had 8 shots on goal to Newcastle United’s big fat 0. However, by half time, the figure was 10 to Newcastle United, and still only 8 to the visitors. In hindsight though, the damage was done. For all our later pressure, we did have a claim for a penalty, and an attempt by Cisse which was all but over the line, but in the 71st minute, that young rapscallion, Tom Cleverley, made it goodnight Vienna time with a cracking shot into the top corner from a fair range.
As usual, I shall be updating with longer, better highlights, and possibly a video of the whole game if / when they become available.
Post match interviews.
Alan Pardew’s post match interview.
Alex Ferguson’s post match interview.
Teams and Match facts.
Score / Goalscorers: Newcastle United 0, Manchester United 3 (Jonny Evans 8, Patrice Evra 16, Tom Cleverly 71).
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper (G), David Santon, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Shane Ferguson (Vurnon Anita 63), Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 63).
Subs: Jak Alnwick (G), Danny Simpson, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.
Manchester United: (4-2-3-1): David De Gea (G), Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra (C), Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa (Antonio Valencia 55), Robin Van Persie.
Subs: Anders Lindegaard (G), Scott Wootton, Paul Scholes, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez.
Yellow cards: Shinji Kagawa (21), Rio Ferdinand (30), van Persie (31), Cheick Tiote (33), Jonas Gutierrez (42), James Perch (75).
Red cards: None.
Referee: Howard Webb.