Paul Dummett scored a late equaliser as Manchester United drew 3-3 with Newcastle United in a hugely dramatic Premier League clash this evening.
The game started slowly but burst into life when Newcastle’s Chancel Mbemba was adjudged to have handled the ball inside his own box. Wayne Rooney duly stepped up to score his second penalty in as many games. United seemed to be in control but David de Gea had to be alert to deny Georginio Wijnaldum, with the Dutchman one-on-one with the keeper. Minutes later, Newcastle had a penalty shout waved away when Jesse Lingard brought down Daryl Janmaat in the box. Lingard could have been the villain for United but he ended up scoring when he tucked the ball into the net following superb play from Ander Herrera and Rooney. It was a good half from United but Wijnaldum fired home to take the gloss off things just before the interval.
After 55 minutes played, Lingard had the goal at his mercy after Anthony Martial and Herrera played him in but the winger leant back and fired over. The miss proved to be costly as Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised from the spot when Chris Smalling hauled him down in the box. United lost control of the game following the goal but Rooney restored their lead with a rasping effort from outside the box with ten minutes to go. It looked to have been the winning goal but Dummett fired home to earn a point for the hosts.
Louis van Gaal went into the game under huge pressure following the tepid performance against Sheffield United last time out and he received a stroke of luck with the penalty which led to his side’s opening goal.
Mbemba, leaping on the stretch following a United corner, handled the ball but there was an argument that it was unintentional.
First half attacking performance
United were abysmal against Sheffield United last time out but their first half display was much improved against Newcastle from an offensive point of view.
United’s second goal was wonderfully worked, with Rooney and Herrera both showing excellent vision before Lingard slotted home with a minimum of fuss. And Rooney’s second was a humdinger. We all know what United are capable of in terms of attacking, they just need to show it on a more consistent basis.
The 22-year-old, continuing his comeback following injury, was a central figure in many of the game’s pivotal moments.
In the first half, Lingard could have quite easily conceded a penalty minutes before he scored. In the second, he somehow contrived to fire over from eight yards out in the second half. It was a mixed bag from him – he was brought off by a visibly livid van Gaal soon after the miss – and you get the sense that he needs to develop some consistency if he is to keep his place in the side.
This was the first time this season that you could really say that Rooney made a game changing impact on a match.
The United captain opened the scoring with a spot-kick, wonderfully set up Lingard’s strike and scored his side’s third with a curling effort from outside the box. It was vintage Rooney and the sort of performance that we have not seen enough of this term.
United’s displays against Sheffield United and Newcastle could not have been more different.
While they were suspect defensively against the Magpies, United attacked with greater verve and players such as Herrera, Rooney and Lingard were not afraid to take risks in an attempt to make things happen. However, their good work proved to be in vain as Newcastle equalised late on. What is the magic formula for van Gaal?