Danny Simpson - Newcastle United News

10-man Newcastle managed to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and further enhance their growing reputation as one of the toughest sides’ to beat in the Premier League.

Tim Krul was once again the star of the show for the Geordies, although a number of the Toon defence stood tall as the Premier League champions failed to breach an unbreakable black and white wall.

Javier Hernandez gave the home side the lead early in the second half, before Demba Ba’s penalty brought the Toon Army level. Gutierrez was later sent off for a second booking but the Magpies’ held on to remain in fourth place in the league.

Despite the score line reflecting the visitors going for something of a smash and grab draw, Alan Pardew kept faith with the same team that attacked Man City and they did the same again, with Gabriel Obertan and Hatem Ben Arfa looking the most likely source of a goal for the Geordies.

And it was Obertan who created the clearest chance for Newcastle to take the lead, when his fine cross from the right found Ryan Taylor, whose volley was uncharacteristically mishit.

However, as impressive as Newcastle were in their approach to the game they were heavy underdogs in, they were equally impressive between the sticks. Tim Krul, rapidly becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the division, twice denied Hernandez before pulling off the best save of the afternoon when he flung himself to his right to keep out Ryan Giggs.

It looked as though Krul was unbeatable in the Newcastle goal but it took a stroke of luck for Hernandez to give United the lead. Rooney’s free-kick was blocked and the follow up shot struck Steven Taylor before bouncing off the diminutive Mexican and past Krul.

It was harsh on Newcastle, but their spirit showed when they got back level just a quarter of an hour later.

Rio Ferdinand was adjudged to have fouled Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba stepped up to the spot to convert his ninth of the season, sending David De Gea the wrong way in the process. The shaky Spaniard pulled off a stunning save later though, when he kept out a Fabricio Coloccini effort.

However, once Gutierrez got sent off for a second bookable offence, Newcastle went into contain mode and managed to defend well enough to keep out the Premier League champions. Stunning blocks and clearances from Danny Simpson and Coloccini epitomised the Magpies’ excellent attitude and Hernandez’s last-ditch goal was disallowed, giving Newcastle that bit of luck they duly deserved.