A late Ashley Young strike saw Manchester United narrowly defeat Newcastle United 1-0 in their English Premier League encounter at St James’ Park on Wednesday. Neither side was able to impress in the first half with both sides having very little chances to speak of. The home side did have a penalty shout when Chris Smalling brought down Emmanuel Riviere in the area but the appeals were turned down by Anthony Taylor.
At this point the Red Devils showed some fluidity and had a narrow chance from Ander Herrera which just missed the target. The trend of the half continued with near chances and narrow misses as it ended all square at the break. In the second half both teams extremely close to taking the lead.
The Magpies had a close range attempt from Riviere that was blocked by David De Gea. The visitors on the other hand were denied by a Tim Krul double save from an attempt from Marouane Fellani first and then Young to deny Louis Van Gaal’s side an opening goal. The men from Manchester had the lion’s share of the possession in the closing minutes along with two more chances to take the lead from Herrera and a close range header from their skipper which were unsuccessful to say the least.
However that lead did come in the 89th minute when Krul was caught off guard and was not able to clear his area. The ball fell to Young who fired his shot into the back of the net to score his first goal of the season. The Toon Army almost had something back when they had a great header at the other end of the pitch to only be denied by another good save from De Gea.