Well, at least no-one could accuse them of being boring last night. In front of a skittish crowd at St James Park, Newcastle United and Manchester United played out a rollercoaster three-all draw in the Premier League which did little good to either team in terms of their league position, but might have alleviated a little criticism of Manchester United as being the Premier League’s biggest dullards – which certainly seemed like a valid criticism following their anaemic performance against Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday – and of Newcastle United being football incompetents running headlong towards the relegation trapdoor.
Throughout the course of the ninety minutes, this match came to hinge upon a moment of brilliance from a player on each team – Wayne Rooney, who seems to finally be regaining some of his poise as an attacking player, for Manchester United and the arguably even more unlikely figure of Paul Dummett for Newcastle – and two penalty kicks. Newcastle’s came midway through the second half as a result of Chris Smalling wrangling Aleksandar Mitrovic to the ground as a corner swung into the Manchester United penalty area and there wasn’t too much debate over the whistle blowing that time around.
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