Barclays Premier League
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Saturday, 22 August 2015
Kick-off: 12:45 BST
Manchester United’s 100% start to the new season ended after a 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle United.
Making just one change from the midweek win over Club Brugge, with Bastian Schweinsteiger replacing Michael Carrick. United dominated possession, had a bucket-load of chances, yet could not find the break through.
It was United who came out of the traps quicker, with a Memphis and Luke Shaw one-two leading to the former’s shot being held by Tim Krul.
Wayne Rooney did find the back of the net after receiving Adnan Januzaj’s through ball, only for the flag to go up for offside.
Another neat move by the hosts led to Rooney’s shot being held, before Krul also held Juan Mata’s free-kick, after Ayoze Perez had fouled Matteo Darmian.
Darmian and Mata combined again, with the right-back’s nod down allowing Mata to test Krul once more, but the Dutchman made a fine save low to his left.
Shaw’s through ball found Rooney, and again Krul was there to saw the attempt at goal.
Memphis had the beating of Chancel Mbemba, but his shot was held when he perhaps should have squared the ball.
Mbemba then showed some promise at the opposite end, whipping in a delightful cross for Aleksandar Mitrovic, only for his header to rattle the bar, before a second header three minutes later fell wide after Vurnon Anita’s cross.
United failed to deal with a bright Newcastle attack, and the ball fell to Perez, whose shot went wide, as half-time came with the game goalless.
Ex-Red Gabriel Obertan was booked for a foul on Memphis, but the latter’s free-kick struck the wall.
Rooney saw a venomous shot blocked before teeing Mata up moments later, with the Spanird’s weaker foot volley fell over the bar.
A second Mata volley hit Memphis, before a one-two between the two former Southampton players, Morgan Schneiderlin and Shaw led to Krul holding the effort from Shaw.
Substitute Javier Hernandez saw a weaker foot shot saved by Krul’s left boot as Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini blocked Antonio Valencia’s shot, on as United’s third sub.
United’s other change was Carrick on the hour mark, but his shot deflected wide in stoppage time, only after Chris Smalling hit the post with a header from Memphis’ corner and Papiss Cisse, on for Mitrovic for Newcastle, broke down the other end but saw a shot fall wide.
No late drama at Old Trafford this time around, but with chances galore, United should have wrapped this game up early doors.
The second leg versus Club Brugge awaits in Belgium on Wednesday evening, before a trip to South Wales to take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium next Sunday before the first international break of the season arrives.
Manchester United: Romero; Darmian (Valencia 77), Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger (Carrick 59); Mata, Januzaj (Hernandez 67), Memphis; Rooney.
Subs: Johnstone, Hernandez, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Valencia, McNair.
Manager: Louis van Gaal
Newcastle United: Krul; Mbemba, Taylor, Coloccini, Haidara; Anita, Colback; Perez (Tiote 78), Wijnaldum, Obertan (Thauvin 69); Mitrovic (Cisse 88).
Subs: Darlow, Williamson, Cisse, De Jong, Aarons, Thauvin, Tiote.
Manager: Steve McClaren