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Ashley Young produces a cross, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Demba Ba fouled by Fabio Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Javier Hernandez produces a cross, Sammy Ameobi manages to make a clearance.
Short corner worked by Ashley Young.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs, Federico Macheda has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Foul by Sammy Ameobi on Fabio Da Silva, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
Federico Macheda comes on in place of Patrice Evra. Fabio Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Yohan Cabaye. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Simpson.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Tim Krul.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor.
Luis Nani crosses the ball, Ashley Young produces a right-footed shot from inside the area and strikes the post.
Centre by Ashley Young.
Corner taken by Ashley Young, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Nemanja Vidic goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
Luis Nani fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Red card for Jonas Gutierrez. Peter Lovenkrands is brought on as a substitute for Hatem Ben Arfa. Nemanja Vidic takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Ashley Young takes a shot. Ryan Taylor gets a block in.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Wayne Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Ryan Taylor from the free kick, save by David De Gea.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye played to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Giggs.
Foul by Steven Taylor on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
James Perch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Guthrie.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Hatem Ben Arfa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic. Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.
Booking for Danny Guthrie for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Danny Guthrie on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Young, save made by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Michael Carrick. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick. Jonas Gutierrez receives a caution.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa by Rio Ferdinand. Demba Ba scores a placed penalty. Man Utd 1-1 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Hatem Ben Arfa.
Fabricio Coloccini delivers the ball, clearance by Fabio Da Silva.
Yohan Cabaye takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line, Fabricio Coloccini takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Danny Guthrie. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
Centre by Ashley Young, save made by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Danny Simpson. Direct free kick taken by Steven Taylor.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul. Effort from deep inside the area by Ashley Young misses to the right of the goal.
Fabio Da Silva booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Fabio Da Silva. Steven Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Wayne Rooney goes over the bar.
Booking for Yohan Cabaye.
Javier Hernandez grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Steven Taylor. Shot comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.
Ashley Young fouled by Danny Simpson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Danny Guthrie. Luis Nani takes the free kick.
Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Ryan Taylor takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Ashley Young, Tim Krul makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Yohan Cabaye. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
The ball is sent over by Danny Simpson.
The ball is swung over by Gabriel Obertan, blocked by Patrice Evra.
Effort from 20 yards by Yohan Cabaye. Save by David De Gea.
Gabriel Obertan produces a cross, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie. Hatem Ben Arfa takes the free kick.
Corner taken short by Luis Nani, Shot from deep inside the area by Luis Nani goes over the bar.
Short corner worked by Luis Nani.
Ashley Young crosses the ball, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
Gabriel Obertan takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young.
The ball is swung over by Fabio Da Silva, Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Shot on goal by Javier Hernandez from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee cautions Hatem Ben Arfa for dissent. Wayne Rooney challenges Fabricio Coloccini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Foul by Gabriel Obertan on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Steven Taylor is caught offside. David De Gea takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Taylor by Javier Hernandez results in a free kick. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Taylor takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Obertan, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
Javier Hernandez fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.
Ryan Giggs challenges Hatem Ben Arfa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ryan Taylor, save made by David De Gea.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
Javier Hernandez crosses the ball, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
Hatem Ben Arfa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Javier Hernandez.
Hatem Ben Arfa concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Giggs. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
Ryan Taylor delivers the ball, clearance by Patrice Evra.
Demba Ba is caught offside. David De Gea takes the free kick.
Demba Ba has a volleyed shot. David De Gea makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Taylor on Javier Hernandez. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra.
The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, Ryan Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Ferguson rules out move for midfield cover
Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out the possibility of strengthening Manchester United's midfield during the January transfer window despite ruling Anderson out until February with a knee injury ahead of Saturday's clash with Newcastle..
For two seasons now, United's midfield has been an area of concern amongst supporters. Most expected a replacement for now-retired Paul Scholes to be introduced during the summer and even on deadline-day the rumour mill was whirring about the potential for a last-minute attempt to buy Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan.
However, neither Sneijder, nor Luka Modric or Samir Nasri, two other players Ferguson was heavily linked with, were signed.
It didn't seem to matter when Tom Cleverley started the campaign so well.
But Cleverley has been sidelined by two injuries, the latest of which, to his ankle, he is not expected back from until the Festive programme.
With Anderson now ruled out as well, Ferguson's options have been depleted significantly. Yet the United boss still cannot see anyone around who he could realistically sign that would improve his squad.
So, with Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones all capable of filling a central berth, Ferguson intends to stick with what he has got.
"It is dead easy to say you are going to buy a player but it is not easy to buy players for Manchester United, particularly in January," said Ferguson.
"I don't see anyone who could make us a better team from the ones who are possibly available.
"I could choose two or three players who I would like to have at this club but they are not available. There would be no point even going there."
Ferguson is hardly likely to admit any concerns about his personnel, and in his defence, Michael Carrick in particular has performed well in the last two games and was arguably United's best player in midweek.
However, the Red Devils chief does concede the return of Cleverley would be pretty handy at the end of a typically arduous December period.
"We are not as bad as people think," said Ferguson.
"Ryan Giggs gives you experience. Michael Carrick had a bit of a problem with his Achilles in the early season but he is over that now and his form in the last two games has been outstanding.
"Darren Fletcher, given the right preparation, is always a very good player for us.
"But getting Cleverley back at Christmas time would be a bonus because he is such a clever footballer."
The return of Rooney from a hip problem and skipper Nemanja Vidic's availability after suspension offers Ferguson the additional options he needs for the visit of the Magpies.
Gabriel Obertan has promised there is more to come from him as he prepares to make his first return to Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old Frenchman left Old Trafford during the summer after two frustrating seasons after Newcastle boss Alan Pardew persuaded him he could fulfil his potential on Tyneside.
A toe infection has sidelined him for the last two games, but the former Bordeaux midfielder has returned to fitness in the nick of time for a fixture he will relish more than most.
He said: "I think my last game against Stoke was my best game for the club so far, so I think I am getting the tempo of the Premier League and I am getting to know my team-mates better as well, so everything is working fine.
"I just need to maybe score a few goals now and to keep making assists, and it will be great.
"It's only been 10 games, so I think I can do a lot better. That's the way I think, and hopefully I will do it."
Obertan arrived at United during the summer of 2009, but made just 13 senior starts as he struggled to force his way into Sir Alex Ferguson's plans on a sustained basis.
He understandably has regrets that his time at Old Trafford did not work out as he might have hoped, but has no complaints about the latest change of direction in his career path.
He said: "It's never nice to leave such a club. There might be some regret, but after the start we have had, I can't have those regrets anymore because after 12 games, we are still in the top six. It's just great."
Ivory Coast international Cheik Tiote (knee) and Republic of Ireland striker Leon Best (groin) remain doubts and Sylvain Marveaux is expected to be sidelined for up to four months after undergoing groin surgery.
United protest at Toon point
Manchester United's furious players surrounded referee Mike Jones at the final whistle of their 1-1 draw with Newcastle after they had been denied two precious points amid huge controversy at Old Trafford.
TV replays showed Rio Ferdinand had played the ball as he slid in on Hatem Ben Arfa after an hour, with the hosts leading through Javier Hernandez's sixth goal of the season.
But the far-side linesman decided otherwise, awarding the visitors a spot-kick from which Demba Ba scored.
Despite the dismissal of Jonas Gutierrez, United were unable to force home a winner, with Tim Krul producing a series of outstanding saves and Red Devils old-boy Danny Simpson producing a brilliant goal-line clearance to deny Hernandez, who had a goal disallowed for offside deep into injury time.
The result means Manchester City can go seven points clear if they win at Liverpool on Sunday.
When he replaced Chris Hughton as Newcastle boss midway through last season, Alan Pardew could not have received a more unenthusiastic welcome on Tyneside.
Sir Alex Ferguson felt Newcastle's 12th managerial appointment since the departure of his old friend Sir Bobby Robson might have been a smart move. And so it has proved.
Unbeaten until last week's trip to Manchester City, the Magpies have soared with an easy-on-the-eye approach that has even brought the best out of former United winger Gabriel Obertan.
The Frenchman was rarely effective on this ground wearing red. Here, he tormented and teased fellow countryman Patrice Evra, twice nipping past him despite having virtually no room to work with.
On the first occasion, the visitors should have gone in front.
Instead, Ryan Taylor got his six-yard volley all wrong and completely missed his kick.
Demba Ba also had a decent chance, striding on to Hatem Ben Arfa's astute chip but failing to get sufficient power to his first-time volley to threaten David de Gea.
It was enough to keep the visitors' hopes of registering their first Old Trafford win since 1972 alive, even if their hosts had the best opportunity.
Fabio supplied it. The young full-back curled over a glorious cross which Ryan Giggs touched towards the corner.
However, instead of extending a sequence that has seen the veteran Welshman score in every Premier League campaign so far, Tim Krul stretched out and pushed the ball away, just as Javier Hernandez was closing in.
Hernandez was the most dangerous member of a United attack that had been bolstered by the return of Wayne Rooney.
The Mexican also had a shot saved by Krul and drove another effort over, with Nani also off target with a curling strike from the corner of the penalty area.
When Newcastle were last level at the break at Old Trafford, they went on to lose by six and they could have conceded four within 10 minutes of the restart this time around.
Fabio flashed a shot wide after pushing the ball through Ryan Taylor's legs, Rooney's header sailed over and Young skimmed a shot wide from Patrice Evra's cross.
It was just as well for United that they had profited from some bad luck on Steven Taylor's part as he stuck out a leg to turn away a Wayne Rooney piledriver.
With Krul out of the game, having dived to save, Taylor succeeded only in hitting Hernandez, who knew nothing about it as the ball bobbled into an empty net.
As Newcastle were getting swept off their feet, it seemed they were destined for another defeat until they benefited from a massive slice of good fortune thanks to a staggering intervention from the far-side linesman.
When Ferdinand slid in on Ben Arfa, he conceded what he, and referee Mike Jones, thought was a corner.
The linesman, John Flynn, had other ideas and immediately signalled for a penalty.
Ferdinand could not believe it, and TV replays showed why as he clearly played the ball.
As the arguments raged, Demba Ba kept his cool and sent De Gea the wrong way.
United's players were clearly unhappy though, with Ferdinand, Rooney and Evra all making their feelings known as Newcastle celebrated their equaliser.
It was the moment that lit the blue touchpaper, with tackles flying in and every decision being contested as United raged at the injustice.
Gutierrez pushed his luck too far when he slid through the back of Nani. Having already been booked, the red card was virtually automatic.
From the free-kick, Krul brilliantly denied Nemanja Vidic as he turned away the Serbian's powerful header before denying Patrice Evra in equally acrobatic fashion.
Simpson then magnificently turned away Hernandez's goalbound header before United's final hope was extinguished thanks to an offside flag.
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