23 Aug 2015

Man Utd draw with Newcastle

2:16 pm on 23 August 2015

Manchester United's winning start to the Premier League season has ended as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The hosts, who gave Bastian Schweinsteiger a full debut, dominated the early stages and Wayne Rooney saw a goal ruled out for offside, but Newcastle went close when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed against the bar.

Louis van Gaal's side laid siege to the Newcastle goal in the second half, Tim Krul saving from substitute Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling heading against the post.

The Newcastle debutant Florian Thauvin was inches away from toeing in a late winner at the other end.

United had won their opening two league games 1-0, against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, before beating Club Brugge 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League play-off in mid-week.

But they were let down by both their final ball and their finishing against Steve McClaren's Newcastle, while Rooney has now gone 10 games without a goal for United in all competitions.