Another Draw For Manchester United
It was another disappointing draw for Manchester United as they blew a one goal lead against Alan Pardew´s Newcastle United team at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. A goal by Manchester United goal plunderer Javier Hernandez put the hosts ahead shortly after the resumption before the visiting side evened the score thanks to a penalty from Senegal international Demba Ba in the 62nd minute of the game.
Both teams had their chances to score during the first half but the two defences held firm until the half time whistle. The Manchester United fans had to endure a mere four minutes into the second period, however, before Javier Hernandez managed to open the scoring account after Newcastle defender Steven Taylor had blocked a powerful shot from Wayne Rooney. The Magpies almost equalised in the 60th minute but Fabricio Coloccini´s ferocious effort was magically saved by David de Gea in the Manchester United goal. After 62 minutes of play, a tackle from central defender Rio Ferdinand on French winger Hatem Ben Arfa inside the box gave the visitors a controversial penalty which Demba Ba slotted home to make the scoreline read 1–1. There was even more drama in the 79th minute, though. when Argentina player Jonas Gutierrez was given his marching orders for his second yellow card offence. While Manchester United remained uninspired, Javier Hernandez remained their biggest threat. The Mexican striker had the ball in the net in stoppage–time but he was ruled offside by referee Mike Jones. With Manchester City drawing 1–1 with Liverpool at Anfield, Manchester United are still five points behind Roberto Mancini´s players in the Premier League title race.