Newcastle United 3-3 Manchester United: Red Devils no longer boring

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  • Dummett equalizes in 90th minute
  • Rooney scores twice
  • Newcastle rally from behind twice

Newcastle United drew 3-3 with Manchester United at St James’ Park on Tuesday with the Magpies pegging back United in injury time to grab a point in a six-goal thriller.

Wayne Rooney put United 1-0 up and Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 but Georginio Wijnaldum made it 2-1 before the break and a Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty after half time made it 2-2 then a stunning last 10 minutes played out.

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First Rooney curled in a magnificent strike to make it 3-2 but Paul Dummett hammered home via a deflection as the clock ticked to 90 to grab Newcastle a deserved point and send the home fans wild.

With the point United moved to 34 points, while Newcastle move to 19 points.

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Rooney gave United the lead after nine minutes with a penalty kick following a handball from Chancel Mbemba in the box as his hands were in an unnatural position despite his back being turned. United’s skipper slotted home the kick with ease to make it 1-0 and Newcastle had shot themselves in the foot.

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Rooney had another chance to make it 2-0 but when clean through put his effort wice of Rob Elliot and the goal, then Newcastle had a big penalty appeal turned down as Lingard looked to have fouled Daryl Janmaat in the box but referee Mike Dean waved away the appeals.

In the 38th minute United made it 2-0 as they launched a lightning-quick counter which saw Rooney delicately play in Lingard who overlapped and slotted home to double the Red Devils’ lead.

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Before the break Fabricio Coloccini drilled a shot just over the bar and then the Magpies pulled a goal back as Coloccini’s clipped ball into the box towards Mitrovic was deflected off Marouane Fellaini‘s head and the onrushing Wijnaldum swept home. 2-1. Game on.

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In the second half Newcastle came flying out of the traps and Moussa Sissoko turned Ashley Young inside out before forcing a good save from David De Gea at his near post as the Spaniard stood his ground well.

United continued to look dangerous on the counter and after a sweeping move Lingard popped up at the back post but sent his curling effort over the bar with the goal gaping.

They were made to rue that missed opportunity as a corner from the right saw Chris Smalling inexplicably pull Mitrovic’s shirt up over his head and a penalty was awarded which the Serbian striker slotted home. 2-2.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United (10) celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on January 12, 2016 at Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Wijnaldum had a goal disallowed after straying offside following a stray pass from Matteo Darmian being picked off. In the closing stages, despite Rooney breaking away and Coloccini denying him, Newcastle looked more likely to grab all three points but the game-winning moment arrived from their skipper.

Substitute Memphis Depay cut in from the left flank and his blocked shot found Rooney who curled home an unstoppable shot into the top corner for his second and United’s third of the game.

Late on Fellaini should have wrapped up the win but Elliot saved his header at point-blank range at the back post and then Newcastle equalized in the final minute of regulation as a cross found its way to Dummet on the edge of the box and his shot deflected off Smalling and flew into the corner. 3-3 and a breathtaking game ended with the points shared at St. James’ Park.

Sebastian Berhalter signs Homegrown deal with Columbus Crew

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The Columbus Crew have signed Sebastian Berhalter to a Homegrown Player deal.

The 19-year-old midfielder is the son of former Crew and current USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter.

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Sebastian played 17 times for the University of North Carolina as a freshman, starting nine of those games. He went 210 minutes in twin extra time matches to close UNC’s season.

Here’s Crew general manager Tim Bezbatchenko, via a team release:

“As a longtime member of the Crew SC Academy, Sebastian is someone who understands the values and ideology of our Club. We are happy to see him join the professional ranks after a successful year at the college level and look forward to his continued development with the Crew.”

Sebastian praised the role of his parents in his development in a video interview. Gregg was a UNC star in his college days before moving to Europe to play for PEC Zwolle, Crystal Palace, and Energie Cottbus amongst others.

“My parents have been very influential on my career,” said the player. “They’ve helped me so much. They’ve always stayed positive to me, but also pushed me in a good way and I cannot thank them enough.”

Sebastian repped the U.S. at the U-16 level. Could dad and he one day join Bob and Michael Bradley as father-son USMNT combos? That’s a long way off and presumes dad turns around the national team, but would be a remarkable achievement.

Manchester United triggers Bailly contract extension

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Manchester United has picked up a two-year option on Eric Bailly‘s contract, according to Sky Sports.

The Red Devils now have the giant 25-year-old center back under wraps through the 2021/22 season.

Bailly is nearing full fitness after his latest injury setback, knee and ankle injuries costing him dozens of matches since arriving from Villarreal in 2016. He underwent knee surgery in late July.

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There’s little reason for United not to pick up the option, as Bailly could’ve left for free in the summer and the extension allows for a possible transfer fee.

That said, Bailly has been very good with healthy and in-form, especially in an exceptional debut season at Old Trafford. He has 34 caps for the Ivory Coast, and is nearing the prime age for a center back.

United visits Liverpool at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday, and Bailly is not expected to play.

The center back may get a chance to get to know Bruno Fernandes, who is being tipped for a $77 million transfer. He likely won’t see Ashley Young, who’s arrived in Milan ahead of a transfer to Inter.

Report: Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United after Lisbon Derby

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Bruno Fernandes may get his move.

The 25-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder wants a move to Manchester United, and Sky Sports is reporting that the two clubs are close to agreeing on a fee.

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The move will cost $56 million and could escalate to $77 million with incentives, and that it could happen as soon as the end of Friday’s derby between Sporting and Benfica.

From Sky Sports:

Part of the negotiations over a deal for Fernandes included Manchester United not wanting him to play in Friday’s game but the player and Sporting insist that he was going to play in order to say a proper goodbye to the club and the supporters.

United will be crossing its fingers over Fernandes’ health during the 4:15 p.m. ET kickoff is Lisbon.

Sporting is already 12 points off the Champions League places, and 16 off Benfica’s title pace.

Fernandes has been red hot for Sporting, notching 15 goals and 13 assists in 25 appearances, including five and three in five Europa League outings.

He scored 32 times with 18 assists in 2018/19, and could take United’s Top Four push to a whole new level.

Liverpool’s Klopp rips AFCON move, says FIFA needs to step in but won’t

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Jurgen Klopp is furious about Cameroon moving the Africa Cup of Nations to January 2021, something that would hinder the Reds’ likely title defense.

(No, Klopp is not counting his title chickens before they hatch, even if it’s a foregone conclusion).

Cameroon moved the tournament from summer to winter due to its climate, which seems like a decision that could’ve been made ages ago. The nation had hosting rights stripped away for the 2019 tournament, but will host in 2021.

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The Reds could be without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita for the better part of a month should Senegal, Guinea, and Egypt all qualify for the tournament. Joel Matip could be there with hosts Cameroon if the federation is successful in convincing him to return to the international fold.

Klopp went on a lengthy and mostly understandable diatribe against the move. We write mostly because there’s something lost in translation regarding the import of the tournament.

He’s upset at how it will tax his squad and how he keeps the players happy if he needs to add players just to deal with one month of the schedule.

“Do we really want to open this book? I couldn’t respect Africa Cup of Nations more than I do, I like it, I’ve watched it a lot. Difficult circumstances a lot of times,” Klopp said, via The Liverpool Echo. “It is another tournament, there are too many of them. Other thing is it doesn’t help African players. We won’t sell Naby, Mo or Sadio because of it but if we bring someone in, it affects the decision. Normal process. We have to think about that. Players aren’t asked. … FIFA, who should [step in] doesn’t look like being involved. It’s a strange situation. If we want lesser games they will say take less money. I will say, I am ready to do so. Yes.”

He continued.

“For us it’s a catastrophe, If we say (a player) can’t go, he’s suspended. How can the club who pay his salary not decide. If he’s injured and we say he cannot play for us, we have to send him to Africa so they can have a look. We don’t have any say. We just plan the route. These are all things that should not be like this. I speak about it now and no one will listen. The moaner from Liverpool again. It’s a complete waste of time. As long as nothing changes, I will keep saying it. It’s about the players, not me.”

Manchester City (Riyad Mahrez), Arsenal (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang), and Leicester City (Wilfried Ndidi) are among the many clubs who could lose stars for a month.