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Headed effort from inside the area by Wayne Rooney misses to the left of the target.
Javier Hernandez is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Nemanja Vidic fouled by Nile Ranger, the ref awards a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Joey Barton fouled by Wayne Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Shot by Ryan Giggs from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Wayne Rooney produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Cheik Tiote.
Michael Owen is brought on as a substitute for Luis Nani.
Shot by Wayne Rooney from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Luis Nani has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs.
Mike Williamson concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Mike Williamson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Shot on goal comes in from Ryan Giggs from the free kick.
Nile Ranger on for Shola Ameobi.
Shot from just outside the area by Stephen Ireland misses to the left of the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Hernandez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Oliveira Anderson goes off and Antonio Valencia comes on. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Ireland comes on in place of Peter Lovenkrands.
Shot by Ryan Giggs from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Peter Lovenkrands. Strike on goal comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick, save made by Tim Krul.
Wayne Rooney fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Cheik Tiote for unsporting behaviour. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Peter Lovenkrands produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Nemanja Vidic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, save by Tim Krul.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, save made by Tim Krul.
Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Luis Nani sends in a cross, Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Blocked by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Michael Carrick is booked.
Unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Michael Carrick results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Peter Lovenkrands misses to the left of the target.
Headed effort from inside the box by Peter Lovenkrands misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Chris Smalling. Joey Barton produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Danny Guthrie gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Giggs, Danny Guthrie makes a clearance.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Luis Nani has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Handball decision goes against Mike Williamson. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Cheik Tiote on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. John O'Shea takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Joey Barton.
Wayne Rooney delivers the ball, save by Tim Krul.
Foul by Javier Hernandez on Danny Simpson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Effort from deep inside the area by Jonas Gutierrez misses to the left of the target.
John O'Shea concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Ryan Giggs results in a free kick. Joey Barton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
John O'Shea fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
Corner taken by Joey Barton, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
Foul by Shola Ameobi on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. Chris Smalling takes the direct free kick.
Danny Guthrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Javier Hernandez has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Headed effort on goal by Shola Ameobi from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Floated corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
Michael Carrick produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Ryan Giggs takes the inswinging corner, Chris Smalling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Floated corner taken by Joey Barton.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Giggs on Joey Barton. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
Cheik Tiote has an effort at goal. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton.
Corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line.
Shot from 12 yards by Jonas Gutierrez. Blocked by Chris Smalling.
Corner taken by Joey Barton.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez.
Shot by Shola Ameobi from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Oliveira Anderson takes the direct free kick.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned returning midfielder Cheick Tiote to keep on the right side of referee Lee Probert in Tuesday night's clash with Manchester United.
The Ivory Coast international returns from his third suspension of the season - a two-game ban for reaching 10 bookings - to face the Barclays Premier League leaders.
Tiote has been one of the finds of the season, but his disciplinary record has been less than impressive.
He racked up five bookings - four of them in successive games - and a one-match ban by the middle of November, and then incurred a three-match ban, perhaps harshly, for his sending off in the FA Cup third-round defeat at Stevenage on January 8.
He has missed five of Pardew's 16 league games in charge through suspension and has been told to address the problem as a matter of urgency, particularly on a night when Sir Alex Ferguson will be at St James' Park.
Pardew said: "I haven't had that many Premier League games but he has missed five of them, and that can't be right. He can be overzealous at times. The referee will be important in this game. I don't want the Manchester United factor, with Alex and the way he is with referees, to come into play.
"It will be important for Alex and myself that 11 players are on the pitch at the end of the game because there is going to be a bit of feistiness in it."
However, Pardew is desperate for Tiote not to sacrifice his high-octane approach to his destructive role in the middle of the field.
He added: "It's an important balance and he needs to get that right.
"He is important to us and we have missed him. We missed him against Aston Villa with the pace they have in the team and having him back in the side is going to help us considerably."
Tiote will be joined in the squad by midfielder Stephen Ireland for the first time since his January loan move from Villa.
The 24-year-old arrived with a knee injury, then picked up a thigh problem in training and spent the bulk of last week at the bedside of partner Jessica Lawlor after she suffered multiple injuries in a car accident.
Ireland has a chance of being involved, but goalkeeper Steve Harper is a doubt after having an injection for a knee injury, while striker Shola Ameobi is touch and go with a similar problem.
Dutchman Tim Krul is standing by to take over from Harper for a game in which victory would edge United closer to the title and go some way towards making up for their FA Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the weekend.
Red Devils goalkeeper Edwin Van der Saar expects United to bounce back from that defeat at St James` Park.
"It won't be difficult to pick ourselves up," he said.
"We know how important the league is. We are in first position, so we just have to make the best of it. We were a little bit tired (on Saturday). The pace of our game was not quick enough.
"We have played a big number of games in the last three or four weeks and against Newcastle we must do better."
After a draining and disappointing day, United could not have hoped for a better outcome to Sunday's game at the Emirates.
They now know 13 points from their last six games will be enough to claim the title for a record 19th time.
It could be less than that too, as United still have their two closest rivals to play at the start of next month, Chelsea heading to Old Trafford on May 8, seven days after the Red Devils have visited the Emirates.
Neither game will hold any fears, particularly if United can get the setback against City straight out of their system.
Sir Alex Ferguson's team have an excellent record at St James' Park and prior to Saturday's defeat they had won six matches on the trot.
"It is always nicer when you find form straight away," added Van der Sar.
"We were a bit scrappy in the first half of the season and conceded some last-minute goals that cost us a few points. When things like that happen, it doesn't do your self-confidence a lot of good. On the positive side, you need mental strength in certain games when you keep conceding in the last minute or the ball is not going in.
"It shows the strength of character and the belief this manager has in the quality of his team that we were able to come through those moments."
United held at Newcastle
Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs squandered the chance to fire Manchester United nine points clear in the race for the Barclays Premier League title as Newcastle frustrated the leaders.
The Welshman shot wide with the goal at his mercy after being picked out by Patrice Evra with 69 minutes gone to let two points slip from the leaders' grasp.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men were denied on two occasions before the break by fine saves from the injured Steve Harper's replacement, Tim Krul, but even the return of Wayne Rooney from suspension could not inspire United to victory on a night when the Magpies fought tooth and nail in front of an appreciative crowd of 49,025.
United did, however, extend their lead over second-placed Arsenal, who could only draw at home to Liverpool on Sunday, and it seems only a matter of time before they clinch the crown for the 19th time.
The draw took Newcastle's total for the season to 40-point mark as they climbed back into ninth and edged closer to retaining their top-flight status.
It might have been even better had referee Lee Probert agreed with Peter Lovenkrands that he had been tripped by Anderson inside the penalty area, although Hernandez was similarly aggrieved to be booked for diving as he was challenged by Danny Simpson in injury time.
The days when Newcastle competed with United both on the pitch over 90 minutes and over the season seem a distant memory, and Ferguson's men arrived on Tyneside having not lost a league game to the Magpies in 17 attempts dating back to September 2001.
They did so still smarting from their FA Cup semi-final exit at the hands of arch-rivals City and determined to make amends by extending their lead at the top of the table.
But Alan Pardew had promised that his team, who started the night still not assured of their place in next season's top flight, would give United a game, and in the opening 45 minutes they certainly did that.
The visitors, who did not include Rio Ferdinand or the sick Dimitar Berbatov among their 18 at St James' Park, tested Krul after just two minutes when he was forced to block Hernandez's effort, and the Dutchman was delighted to see full-back Jose Enrique get his body into the line of the Mexican's goal-bound injury-time shot.
But in the meantime, the Magpies gave as good as they got in an entertaining first-half during which they too created chances.
Chris Smalling got enough on Jonas Gutierrez's fifth-minute attempt to deflect it around the post, and Edwin van der Sar had to save from Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands and Cheik Tiote in quick succession.
Krul made another fine save from Rooney after he burst through on 19 minutes, although Mr Probert clearly did not spot his intervention as he awarded only a goal-kick.
United gradually eased into full flow with the movement of the Rooney and Hernandez and Nani's pace causing problems for Newcastle, who dropped ever deeper as the half wore on.
However, they might have taken the lead a minute before the break when Joey Barton picked out Lovenkrands inside the penalty area with a teasing right-wing cross.
The Dane did not realise how much time he had and may have been surprised that the ball reached him at all, but he planted his header harmlessly wide.
Ferguson's players returned long before their Magpies counterparts and resumed in determined fashion as they forced a series of corners which the home side managed to repel, but often at full stretch.
Krul was grateful to see Giggs head straight at him from Nani's 51st-minute cross, although Ameobi was unable to trouble Van der Sar any further with a looping effort seconds later.
Mike Williamson only just prevented Hernandez from meeting Giggs' 55th-minute cross with a prodigious leap and Nani blazed high and wide seconds later as the pressure mounted.
Lovenkrands was convinced he should have been awarded a 58th-minute penalty for Anderson's challenge on him, but Mr Probert, who had earlier turned down Nani's claims against Gutierrez, was similarly unmoved.
The Dane headed just over after the visitors struggled to clear Barton's 61st-minute free-kick, but United were starting to up the tempo to repeatedly stretch their hosts once again.
They should have been in front with 69 minutes gone when Evra carved his way into the box to set up Giggs, but the veteran midfielder contrived to fire wide.
Nani and Rooney both went close from distance as time ran down and Giggs fired wide again two minutes from time.
But after Hernandez's yellow card, Rooney headed wide from substitute Antonio Valencia's injury-time cross as Newcastle managed to hold out.
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