Manchester United Held To 3-3 Stalemate By Newcastle United

Manchester United Held To 3-3 Stalemate By Newcastle United

Manchester United Held To 3-3 Stalemate By Newcastle United

Photocredit: Reuters/Van Gaal could not help but join in the celebration of Rooney's third goal

This is how England and the Magpies legend, Alan Shearer summed the Newcastle and Manchester United match which ended 3-3. "What a fantastic match. Credit to both set of players and managers as they both wanted to win and gambled to win. I think a draw was a fair result.

Newcastle won possession at 54% to Manchester’s 46 but Wayne Rooney took away the man of the match honour to split pride too. It was a remarkable end to a game that had seen the away side lead twice.

The England striker gave Manchester United the lead from the spot after Mike Dean's controversial penalty call against Chancel Mbemba after his arm blocked Marouane Fellaini's flick with the head from a corner.

Rooney was on hand to play a role in the second goal as he set up Lingard. He cleverly held the ball up before placing a perfectly timed pass into the winger's path as he sent in a low, angled finish.

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Newcastle clawed one back via a Georginio Wijnaldum goal. The Dutch Ghanaian scored his eighth goal of the season which came from a fine shot following Aleksandar Mitrovic's downward header this time to beat De Gea who had earlier saved his 12-yard shot.

Mitrovic scored the second goal to make it 2-2, immediately after the break through a penalty kick after being brought down by Chris Smalling in the box.

In the 79 minute, Wayne Rooney sent in a right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner of the Newcastle goal. Obviously, Manchester United knew they had taken away all the three points at this juncture which was vivid in the celebration of the goal which saw the whole bench including Van Gaal join the executioner, Rooney.

However, Paul Dummett's late strike from a left footed shot around the center of the box, which zoomed right into the top left corner, was all that was needed to deny Manchester United the chance to go level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.

The mood in the Reds camp was a sullen with Van Gaal putting it this way, "We have given it away - I have told that to my players. When the referee gives a penalty for nothing - it is a duel I think and you cannot decide who is worse - but we gave it away.

It was a remarkable end to a game that had seen the away side, United lead twice.

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