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Manchester United 1-1 Newcastle United | Highlights, Statistics, and Post-Match Quotes


The Busby Babe



Shots (on target)

29 (7) 8 (5)

Total Passes

387 200

Passing Accuracy

81% 65%

Ball Possession

60% 40%

Tackles won

28 23


18 11


12 15


11 3


4 2


* David De Gea (goalkeeper): 20/32 passing (63%), 1 goal conceded (penalty), 4 saves

* Nemanja Vidic (right-center-back): 30/35 passing (86%), 3 tackles, 1 interception, 16 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls, 11/17 aerial duels (65%)

* Rio Ferdinand (left-center-back): 30/35 passing (86%), 2 tackles, 5 interceptions, 9 clearances, 2 shots blocked, 1 foul, 1 penalty conceded (not really), 4/6 aerial duels (67%)

* Fabio (right-back): 35/45 passing (78%), 6 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 3 fouls, 2/4 aerial duels (50%), 2/2 crosses

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 42/49 passing (86%), 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 9 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls, 6/10 aerial duels (60%), 0/2 crosses

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 45/54 passing (83%), 1 key pass, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 5/5 long balls, 1/1 through balls, 7 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 2 shots (0 on target)

* Ryan Giggs (central-midfield): 57/71 passing (80%), 5 key passes, 4 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 4/4 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 4/6 crosses 4 tackles, 1 interceptions, 1 clearance, 0 shots blocked, 1 shot (1 on target)

* Nani (right winger): 33/40 passing (83%), 3 key passes, 4 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 1/4 crosses, 0/1 through balls, 1 tackle, 2 interceptions, 2 shots (0 on target)

* Ashley Young (left winger): 32/49 passing (65%), 2 key passes, 1 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 2/15 crosses, 0/0 through balls, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 3 shots (0 on target)

* Wayne Rooney (striker): 36/45 passing (80%), 2 key passes, 0 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 2/2 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 1 tackle, 2 interceptions, 5 shots (0 on target)

* Javier Hernandez (striker): 23/30 passing (77%), 2 key passes, 1 successful dribble, 3 fouls won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 7 shots (4 on target), 1 goal

* Federico Macheda (striker | substitute 88'): 4/5 passing (80%), 1 key pass, 0 sucessful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 2 shots (0 on target)

* Chris Smalling (right-back | substitute 89'): 0/0 passing, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls


Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courteys of

(On the performance from his side...) "It was a fantastic performance from us. Alan Pardew said Newcastle were the better team in the first half - I don't know what game he was at! Chicharito had four clear chances and we played some great football. The second half was just an onslaught and to not get three points from that is just a travesty. I'm not concerned if we're playing like that. Most of the time, we'd score three or four goals in that game. Their goalkeeper made some fantastic saves, there were shots blocked, cleared off the line and we had one or two bad misses. So it's just an incredible result."

(On the controversial penalty awarded to Newcastle...) "I think it was everyone's view [that it was a fair tackle], including the referee as he thought Rio won the ball because he gave the corner kick. He let the assistant referee over-rule him. We had a situation a few weeks ago when the linesman gave a penalty kick to Sunderland for handball [against Nemanja Vidic]. The referee [that day] was put in a terrible quandary in between what to do as he knew fine well it wasn't a penalty and over-ruled his linesman. It's what the referee should have done today."

(On United's late onslaught in search of the winner...) "We kept making chances and that's the normal pattern of these last 15-minute surges. We do get chances and usually do okay. We were unlucky with the offside as, if Michael doesn't touch it, Chicharito is onside. They had a few blocks and put their bodies on the line all the time. Give credit to Newcastle but we absolutely slaughtered them and we just couldn't get the result. It's disappointing in that respect but, if we play like that every week, I'll be very happy."

Patrice Evra | MUFC defender (courtesy of MUTV)

(General thoughts on United's performance and their current form...) "I'm very frustrated we didn't win. I think we deserved the win. It's a draw but you have to take the positives and I think the manager has mentioned that as well. I think the team has not played that way for a long time and created so many chances. If you want to win the league, you have to score more goals. Against Arsenal, we created eight chances and scored eight. Today, we had maybe seven chances and only one goal. Sometimes, that's football - it's very strange. It's frustrating but it's a positive game for Manchester United. At the start of the season, we did very well - scored a lot of goals and conceded a lot of goals. After the big accidents against City, when they scored six goals, we decided to defend better and we know, if we have a strong defence, we're going to win games. It's why we looked like the old United when winning 1-0 every time and winning the league in the end. Today, we looked more like we played at the beginning of the season and I know we're going to score more than one goal per game. There's big frustration as I definitely wanted to finish that game being just two points behind City but the league is a marathon not a sprint. There's a long way to go and I'm confident if the team keeps playing that well, I'm convinced we're going to win the league."

(On the controversial penalty...) "No, it wasn't a penalty. I think it was a difficult decision against us but the referee was responsible and he went to see the linesman to say: 'Are you sure?' He said: 'Yes, it's a penalty' and the referee trusts his man. What can you say? We have to be more focused on how many chances we missed."