Eddie Howe says he was glad to hear the full-time whistle as Newcastle United left Old Trafford with a point.
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While Howe’s side arguably had the better of things in the first-half, with Joelinton hitting the woodwork twice and Callum Wilson somewhat unlucky not to have seen a penalty claim taken more seriously, the home team grew into the game after the break.
Marcus Rashford went close to scoring a late winner and Cristiano Ronaldo saw a goal ruled out after taking the ball off of Nick Pope following a Newcastle free-kick.
Really, with Howe not able to play Allan Saint-Maximin and Alexander Isak due to injury, taking a point away from a team who have beaten Liverpool and Arsenal on home soil this season isn’t exactly a bad thing.
The result keeps Newcastle a point behind ten Hag’s side, albeit having played a game more.
What did Howe say of the game?
Speaking to BBC Match of the Day (via the BBC’s LIVE blog), Howe said: “Especially in the first half I thought we were very good. Joelinton had the two chances when he hit the woodwork, we could potentially have had a penalty for the challenge on Callum Wilson. We lost our way really in the second half and I’m glad the full time whistle has gone.
“The [Marcus] Rashford header is a big moment. We did really well to contain them but that’s the one that possibly could have lost us the game but the players didn’t deserve that.”