Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle: Tim Krul frustrates profligate Red Devils

first_imgManchester United’s winning start to the season has come to an end after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Newcastle United at Old Trafford.Wayne Rooney is now 10 games without a goal in a red shirt, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying as he had an early effort incorrectly ruled out for offside.But Louis van Gaal will be frustrated as compatriot Tim Krul denied several efforts from Juan Mata and Memphis Depay as the Magpies held on, despite initial looking like they would struggle.After a stunning performance in midweek against Champions League opponents Club Brugge, Depay looked to impress again but an early shot rolled tamely into Krul’s arms, while Rooney had his goal ruled out just four minutes in.Krul was test again just seven minutes later but he was able to comfortably catch a Juan Mata free-kick after Ayoze Perez had ended a Matteo Darmian run with a mistimed tackle.The Dutch goalkeeper was again forced into a good save from the Spaniard when he was allowed to much time in the box by some poor defending, before Rooney, again with too much time, shot straight at him.While Matteo Darmian has looked solid for Manchester United he also looks clumsy in the tackle and swiftly found himself cautioned as he took down Massadio Haidara, who was charging up the left flank. The Toon star was then booked himself for a late challenge on Daley Blind.Depay looks set to dazzle the Premier League and an excellent piece of skill set himself free in the box but his shot was poor again.The Magpies rallied late in the first period and after Aleksander Mitrovic hit the bar with a header from Chancel Mbemba’s cross and Perez’s drive from range was tipped around the post by a sprawling Sergio Romero, with the following corner causing havoc in the United penalty area.In the second half the Red Devils picked up where they left off but their lack of cutting edge up front was telling.Depay crashed a free-kick into the wall, while several chances and set-pieces went begging and even with Javier Hernandez joining Rooney up front they could not carve open a solid Magpies backline who have clearly been well drilled since a couple of shaky performances.And just when Hernandez had managed to stumble his way into the penalty area he was denied by Krul’s outstretched leg.As time ticked on, a close range volley from Antonio Valencia slammed in Fabricio Coloccini, while a Chris Smalling cracked the post while up for a corner.Newcastle United could have won the game with a late counter but after a team-mate twisted and turned in the box, debutant Florian Thauvin could connect with the cross as he slid in, leaving the match to end in a stalemate. 1 Manchester United are denied by Tim Krul last_img


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